Our leader, Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, is a modern leader of Nepal who aspires to change the lives of many young Nepalese men and women looking to join the work force. The goal of Dr. Lamichhane is to be a successful professional contributing and sharing the knowledge and skill acquired during the three decade of work to the development of Educational, tourism, youth employment and enterprise sector of Nepal and the region. Visit the Teachers Page of our WebQuest to learn more about Ram's vision for Youth Career Advancement Centers in Nepal.
Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala (1914–1982)
|Background||Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala was born in Nepal and had a long history of politics running through his family’s blood. In 1917 he and his family began 12 years of exile in India where he formed camaraderies with such notable figures as Ghandi. In 1947, BP founded the Nepali National Congress, which became the Nepali Congress Party in 1950. BP wanted to end the Rana Regime and bring Democratic Socialism to Nepal. His aspirations led to a series of arrests and imprisonments but in 1951 he led the armed revolution that finally overthrew the regime.Iin December of 1960, the King Mahendra led a bloodless coup d’état against BP with the help of the army. BP was imprisoned without trial for nearly 8 years but even after his release he never gave up his call for democracy. He spent most of his remaining life in exile or under house arrest.|
|Main Achievement||BP was the first democratically elected Prime Minister (1959) after leading an armed revolution against the oligarchy Rana Regime. He had lofty aspirations for the improvement of the people of Nepal. Some notable agenda items included: Land and agrarian reform, infrastructure development, reform of administration and prison conditions, developing a free and independent Judiciary system, building up of a police force, eradication of corruption, and promotion of health care facilities and education.|
|Legacy||During his lifetime, is widely heralded as a champion for the people of Nepal. He believed in Democratic Socialism to improve the common good of all Nepalese civilians and outlined clear and systematic plans to achieve this. BP sacrificed his personal freedom to fight for his beliefs and upon his death (1982), nearly half a million people attended his funeral.|
|Leadership Traits||One of BP’s most prominent traits was he ability to communicate an extensive vision for the future of a free Nepal. As a renowned Nepalese author, BP used his eloquence to inspire and educate people. He was a committed, compassionate, self-giving, educated, and courageous symbol of leadership in Nepal.|
Sources: (Guha, 2001), (Udash, 2008)