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Socialist leader BP Koirala’s diary unveiled

KATHMANDU: The diary of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Nepal as well as the founder of Nepali Congress (NC), Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, popularly known as B.P. Koirala, has been made public amid a programme here on Sunday.
The diary, which had been saved as a memorabilia of Koirala by his family, was obtained by Padam Bahadur Thapa and made public as the ‘Diary of B.P. Koirala’.
Originally written in English, the newly launch Diary was translated in Nepali by Mahesh Poudel
Published by Shika Books, the Diary documents Koirala’s observation and views on the transitional political situations in the country from 1951 to 1956.
Launching the Diary, B.P. Koirala’s son and General-Secretary of NC, Dr Shashank Koirala shared that the diary contained information on the Nepal’s transitional politics as well as various aspects of Nepal-Indo ties.
Stating that his father had made every possible effort for the restoration of democracy in the country even towards the ebb of his life, he reminisced that his father used to inspire them to make a mark in whichever field they would choose to foray.
Similarly, NC leader Narahari Acharya shared that B.P. Koirala had penned that diary while he was very active in politics and opined that diary could be a very useful document for the NC to compare the political scenario now and then.
Likewise, another NC leader Dr Shekhar Koirala asserted that NC had a huge responsibility in its shoulders at the time when the nationality of the country had grown weak and democracy, republic and federalism were at risk.
Translator Poudel expressed his view that the diary would be very useful for the history and literature enthusiasts.
The Diary narrates the political events in India’s capital city Delhi and then Indian cities such as Bombay, Calcutta, Patna, Banaras and Darjeeling among others that had resounding effects in the political climate of Nepal.

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