Friday, 11 November 2016
Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', the first Prime Minister after the nation was declared a republic, was born on December 11, 1954 in Dhikurpokhari-2, Kaski. Son of Muktiram Dahal and Bhawani Dahal, 'Prachanda' holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture and Animal Science. Active since the past 42 years in Nepalese politics, 'Prachanda' spent some six years in teaching and also served at the USAID. He is contesting from Kathmandu-10 and Siraha-5 in the CA Election 2013. He began his political career in 1972 from Pushpal Group and formed Marxist Group in 1975 and later joined CPN (Fourth Convention) in 1978. With full-fledged membership of CPN (FC) in 1979, 'Prachanda' was elected as Chitwan District Committee member in 1980. He became Regional Bureau member in 1982 and general secretary of All Nepal Youth Association. In 1984, he became the president of the association, which was followed by some quick successive steps leading him to the party leadership. 1985, he was elected as central member of CPN (Masal)'s 5th General Convention. Shortly afterwards, he became the party's politburo member. After the party split in 1986, 'Prachanda' sided with Mohan Baidya 'Kiran'. While 'Kiran' led the party, the Sector Incident of 1989 forced the party chieftain to resign, making way for 'Prachanda' to lead the party in 1990 as general secretary. He is still the party head since then. He became the general secretary of CPN (Unity Center) in 1992 and general secretary of CPN (Maoist) in 1995. The 2nd General Convention of the CPN (Maoist) elected him as the party chairman in 2001 and has held the position since then to date even after the party was converted to UCPN-Maoist. 'Prachanda' led the armed revolution in 1996 and also became the supreme commander of the People's Liberation Army.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.