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Nepal: Shaped by an Indian monk and Gorky's Mother

May 19, 2009

Times of India
May 17, 2009

KATHMANDU -- The man who is poised to succeed
Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda as the
new prime minister of Nepal is as different from
the revolutionary as chalk is from cheese.

Soft-spoken and with iron self-control, the
56-year-old Nepal comes from an old Brahmin
family who migrated to Marpakuthi, a village near
Bihar’s Bairgania from Nepal’s Dhading district
almost 200 years ago, where they were honoured by
the then local king for their scholarly knowledge
of Sanskrit and gifted with land.

Later, Nepal’s father went back to Rautahat
district in Nepal’s Terai plains and he was born
in its main town Gaur. Nepal went to Sitamarhi to
do his ISC from Goenka College but illness forced
him to return to Nepal after just a year. A
commerce graduate, he was attracted to the
communist movement in the 60s and left his job at
a bank to join politics full time.

"I was inspired by Rahul Sankrityayan," he told
TNN, referring to the 19th century Indian scholar
who became a Buddhist monk, went to Russia and
Tibet, and was jailed by the British. The other
influence was Russian author and philosopher
Maxim Gorky, whose "Mother" especially left a
deep impression on the young Nepal.

Nepal headed the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified
Marxist Leninist (UML) for 15 years. But he
resigned last year after his party fared
miserably in the constituent assembly election
and he himself was defeated by two little-known
Maoist challengers in both Kathmandu and his home seat Rautahat.

Married to a fellow communist, Gayatri Acharya,
Nepal has a daughter and son. While his daughter
Suman is an MBBS from New Delhi’s AIIMS, his son
Sourabh is studying electronics engineering in Warangal.
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