Prachanda could’t save them, in the time of peace

The CPN Maoist supremo, Prachanda, is the father of three daughters and a son. He has lost half of his children in the span of 4 years.

Throughout the 10 years and 9 months long people’s war a lot of people died. Reports say that more than 19,000 people had died collectively in Maoist side and the government side. In such a crisis situation, the commander of the rebel army, Prachanda had managed to save himself and his family. Now, when the war ended and everything is going on smoothly, he has lost half of his children to the medical conditions that he can’t control. He had lost a daughter to cancer and the son to heart problem.

Dahal’s only son Prakash Dahal had died on November 19, 2017 at the age of 38. According to the hospital source he had died at around 3 AM while sleeping in his residence in Lazimpat. He was discovered at 5 AM and was rushed to the hospital.

4 years ago, Prachanda had lost his eldest daughter, Gyanu KC because of breast cancer. The 40-years-old KC died on March 27, 2014 while undergoing treatment.

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Prakash Dahal Biography, wives and sons

Although the death of Prakash Dahal, the son of Prachanda ,is confirmed by different sources, it is not officially announced. Prachand’s long time associate, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has also confirmed the death and has sent his condolences through social media.

Why the delay in official announcement?

The hospital hasn’t officially announced the death of Prakash Dahal. But, everybody else including the family have confirmed the death. Prachanda has taken a helicopter to return back to Kathmandu from Jhapa where he was in the election campaign. The official announcement of the death is expected after Prachanda arrives at the hospital.

Why Prakash didn’t go with his father to Jhapa?

Prakash has been assisting his father in most of his works for a long time. He used to be with his father most of the time. On the day before his death, he was helping his father in election campaign in Chitwan. On Saturday, Prachanda had to go to Jhapa to address the mass meeting there. He had asked his son to go with him but, Prakash told that he wasn’t feeling well. He decided to go to Kathmandu to take rest instead.
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Prachanda son Prakash Dahal has died

The only son of CPN Maoist (Center), Puspa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda, has died in the morning of November 18, 2017. Prakash was taken to hospital at around 5 in the morning. According to the hospital source he had died before he reached the hospital.

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Twitter update by journalist Vijaya Kumar Pandey:

Prakash Dahal had been a controversial figure in the Nepali politics. Apart from being the son of one of the most influential person in the Nepali politics he was talked about for his personal relationships.

It is a sad incident and I wish the deceased soul rest in peace.

Prachanda is currently in Jhapa for the election campaign. He has reportedly returned back to Kathamndu as soon as he heard the news of his son’s demise.

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UPDATE: Prakash had heart failure at 5:38 and he was admitted to Norvic Hospital at 6:00 AM. Although he was brought at hospital at 5:45 AM, the initial investigation show that the first stroke happened at 1 AM.

In the report, the mother Sita Dahal also has health problems. A team of doctors is treating Sita Dahal in their residence at Lazimpat. While the father Prachanda is arriving from Biratnagar, Prakash’s wife Bina Magar is arriving from Kanchanpur.

A huge crowd has gathered at the hospital. Maoist leaders including Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ and Giriraj Mani Pokharel have reached the hospital. A big force of police is also providing security at the hospital.

After 22 years, Prachanda celebrated Dashain, why?

The CPN Maoist chief, Puspa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda celebrated Dashain for the first time in 22 years. He took Dashain tika in his residence in Lazimpat. He also offered tika to his wife, Sita Dahal. Sita offered tika to her children, grand children and other relatives. According to the son of Prachanda, Prakash Dahal, Prachanda took tika from his mother’s maternal uncle.

Prakash wrote in his Facebook – “More than a religious festival, Dashain is an opportunity to meet the relatives, social gathering.” He adds, “We respect Dashain as much as we respect religion.”

Like the previous years, Prachanda however didn’t offer tika to anybody else expect his wife, Sita Dahal. Prakash said, “Like previous years, dad didn’t offer us the tika. We took tika from the mom’s hand. In the previous Dashain, we used to take tika from mom.”

Why now, what changed Prachanda?

Prachanda used to advocate against Dasain festival being a religious event, not good for the low income and low caste Nepali people. After starting civil war and making himself one of the most powerful person in the country, he has changed his stance on the celebration. Why is that? Why did Prachanda back up after more than two decades of not celebrating Dashain?
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News from Nepal July, 2012 (consolidated)

More than 130 minors rescued from factories

Jul 5, 2012 @ 19:04

134 underage children were rescued from several embroidery factories when the District Administration Office (DAO) Bhaktapur raided there on Monday, according to news report.

The children were pressed into hard labor from early dawn to late night for a very less salary. According to one of the rescued children, 10-year-old Irfan Mukeri of Malangawa, Sarlahai, he worked for 14 hours every day in a congested dark room of a factory, but earned only Rs 200 per month.

Police raided several embroidery factories in Bhaktapur in the presence of an accompanying team of child right activists, representatives from Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) and representatives of District Child Welfare Board (DCWB).

The administrations said that most of the rescued children are from Muslim families and were trafficked from Bihar of India and from several districts of Nepal. Most of them are under aged.

For health check up, all the rescued children were taken to a training centre of Agriculture Development Bank at Bhaktapur and are being kept at a shelter of Carnet Nepal at Lalitpur. (Photo credit: republica)

Prakash Dahal suspended from party after affair with a married woman

Jul 9, 2012 @ 17:44

UCPN (Maoist) has suspended party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s son Prakash Dahal from the party’s Newa State Committee over his alleged extramarital affair with student leader Bina Magar.

Bina, the president of the Free Students Union of Saraswoti Campus and a central committee member of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary) and Prakash are apparently not in contact with their families for the past few days.

After getting divorce with the first wife, two years ago, Dahal has married for the second time and has a one-year-old son from his second wife. Magar is also a married to a different person.

Since Everest expedition in May 2012, rumours were being heard about their public display of affection and illicit relation. Magar was also in that expedition team.

As the serious questions were raised in public over Dahal’s activities, the party has suspended him and has initiated an investigation into the matter, according to party spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma.

WWF Nepal welcomed Miss Nepal Shristi

Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:33

WWF Nepal welcomed Miss Nepal 2012, Shristi Shrestha as its seventh Young Conservation Ambassador on Monday.

Before Shristi, Miss Nepal 2011, Malina Joshi was appointed Young Conservation Ambassador. The Miss Nepal pageant winners were being appointed as the Young Conservation Ambassador by WWF Nepal from 2004 and since then Payal Shakya, Sugarika KC, Sitashma Chand, Zenisha Moktan and Sadichha Shrestha have got such appointment.

Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal acknowledged Malina for her active contribution to help raise awareness on WWF’s conservation endeavors and welcomed Shristi.

According to WWF Nepal, Shristi will be actively involved in helping promote conservation, in WWF’s Snow Leopard Conservation Campaign, The Green Lumbini Initiative and The Generation Green campaign. She will work with students and Eco Clubs of various schools to raise awareness about conservation and develop youth projects focusing on environment and species conservation. (Photo Credit: WWF Nepal)

International Indigenous Film Festival has begun

Jul 12, 2012 @ 18:30

The 6th Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIFF) has begun from Thursday, July 12 and it will continue till July 15 at Nepal Tourism Board and Rashtriya Sabhagriha at Bhrikuti Mandap from 10 am to 7 pm.

 In the film festival organized by Indigenous Film Archive (IFA), many national and international filmmakers will present their works. 79 films and documentaries have been shortlisted from 20 countries, out of which Nepal has 27 films and documentaries that are on Magar, Tharu, Tamang, Newar, Limbu, Rai, Hayu, Sunuwar, and Chepang communities.

The selected films are from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Tanzania, Colombia, Finland, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico, USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland etc.

Stalls with various ethnic foods from communities like Limbu, Magar, Tharu, Newar, Dhimal, Chepang, and Sunuwar have been also placed.

For the Awards best 3 films, 3 awards will be distributed as Golden Drum, Silver Drum and Bronze Drum. There is Public Choice Award and Encouragement Award for the Best Nepali Film too.

Father jailed for 25 years on charge of Rape

Jul 16, 2012 @ 18:18

Bhim Bahadur Subedi, a resident of Hetaunda Municipality-4, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on the charge of raping his daughter on April 24 while she was alone at home.

Neighbours had informed the police after hearing the girl scream and Subedi was taken into custody, according to RSS Reports. The Makwanpur District Court handed down 15-year imprisonment for rape and an additional 10-year imprisonment for incest on Subedi.

Miss SLC Teen 2012 is Bibita Chand

Jul 16, 2012 @ 18:49

Bibita Chand, 16, was crowned Miss SLC 2012 in the competition entitled “Miss SLC Teen” organized by Bandana Kala Kendra and Team Work Nepal at Rastriya Nachghar Saturday.

Bibita, who passed her SLC examinations from Siddhartha Banasthali Institute of Kathmandu, left behind other 14 contestants. Susma Tamang from Naya Bazaar won the first runner-up title and the second runner-up was Nisha Nepal from New Baneshwor.

To the question, “What do you want to be: A successful person or good human being?”, Bibita answered that she wanted to be a good human being because positive quality, good personality, and discipline were always there in good human beings which can also be found in successful persons and won the title. The title winner received full scholarship at Premier College and a purse of Rs. 30,000.

Dramatist Bijay Bisfot, Principal of Premier College Nabaraj Subedi, Beautician Nanu Rajbhandari, Coordinator of Trikon Public School Chakra Tamang were in the panel of judges. (Photo Credit: Republica)

Corruption case against 65 principals of government schools in Saptari

Jul 19, 2012 @ 18:00

Cases have been filed in District Administration Office (DAO), Saptari against 65 school principals in corruption charges. RSS writes quoting DAO officer Bishnuranjan Baral that 17 principals of the secondary schools, six principals of lower secondary, 40 of primary schools and two teachers from Madrassa schools have been accused.

Majority of the petitioners are chairman and other officials of the School Management Committees and some are guardians of the schools too.

In the case filed on December, 2011 against Amodhilal Mandal of Rastriya Primary School, Trikaul, Mandal was found guilty, so sent to Saptari District Prison, Rajbiraj, in April while some of the principals have returned the embezzled money.

Other filed cases are against Ramakanta Yadav of the Mahendra Chunni Janata Higher Secondary School, Manaraja including Mohammad Hussein of Shishubari, Digambar Saha of Shankar Higher Secondary School, Hamsha Narayan Mehata of Kushaha etc.

Prachand's new residence – purchased for Rs. 103 mil. ?

It shouldn’t have been a big deal whether the Maoist Chairman , Prachanda, purchased or leased the new residence. Everybody needs a residence and a leader like Prachanda wouldn’t fit in a small house. At the same time, leaders needs to be transparent on everything they do and shouldn’t try to hide things specially related to financial dealings.

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Prachanda’s son Prakash, in his Facebook post, told that the new residence is leased f
or Rs. 60,000 a month. The quoted lease amount is believed to be extremely cheap for such a building made on a land of three ropani. There was a rumor that the building wasn’t leased but purchased. A weekly newspaper, Sanghu, has published a details on the purchase of the building and asked Prachanda to be transparent on the financial dealings on the purchase of the new residence.

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Politics on the peak, CPN Maoist team preparing the Mt. Everest ascent

A team comprising of 11 mountaineers including the central committee member of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Krishna KC and Chairman Prachanda’s son Prakash Dahal have headed to climb 6,000 m high Langtang mountain. This climb is in preparation of climbing the Mount Everest.

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After the intention to climb the world’s highest peak, party’s team had been practicing mountain climbing for the last few months. After the 20 days climbing training in Langtang, the team is ex
pected to climb Mt. Everest in this year’s season.

The Mt. Everest climbing team includes Krishna KC, Prakash Dahal, Yuvaraj Dulal, Bina Magar, Shivakumar Dangi, Mukunda Pokharel, Dinesh Shrestha, Ishu Bhatta, Madan Chudal and Maheshowr Phuyal.

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Our best wishes for the team for the success of Langtang ascent and their ultimate Mt. Everest climbing!

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Prachanda's new house / Everest Bank building / owned or leased ?

The CPN Maoist chairman Prachanad has moved to a new residence in Lazimpat from his earlier home of the last five and half years, in Naya Bazar.

Kantipur published a photo of a red brick house as Prachanda’s new house. But, Prachanda son, Prakash Dahal, has posted a facebook wall post, accusing the newspaper of publishing the building of Everest Bank as their home.

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Although various media have told that the new residence is their own, Prakash said in his Facebook profile that the new house is also rented for a limited time. To the question about the rumor that the house was their own, Prakash replied:

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The photo below is the actual residence of Prachanda (Photo credit – Nagarik).

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In Nepalese context, it is not easy to believe in politicians. These days, it is even harder to believe the newspapers or media.

Talking about irresponsibility of Nepali media, Nepal Samacharpatra and Avenues TV published a "Research Based" news by researching a comedy article – saying that Bollywood actor Amitabh Bhachchan has Nepali roots. But, even after a lot of ridiculation, the media houses haven’t felt the need to clarify their news.

Let’s hope, Nepali newspaper will act a
bit more matured in the future and we we will always be told the truth!

Father of Puspa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) died

2017 Update: Prachanda’s son, Prakash Dahal has also died on November 19, 2017. In the mean time, Prachanda has also lost a daughter to cancer. I have prepared a video report on the death of his immediate family members in the time of peace.

The response to the death of Prakash is mixed. A lot of people who had been affected by the Maoist civil war have told that, Prachanda is punished for is bad deeds. Others believe that the deceased soul shouldn’t be debated on and we should wish it to rest in peace. But, people’s thoughts and beliefs can’t be changed easily. So, I believe it is good to have our own views but, we can’t instruct others on behaving according to our choice. As long as it is not illegal and punishable, people should be free to express their opinion.

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After being seriously ill for some time, the father of ex-prime minister and chairman of UNCP (Maoist), Puspa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda), Mukti Ram Dahal, has died on October 8, 2011. Mukti Nath Dahal was 84 years old. Muktinath’s wife and Prachanda’s mother, Bhawani Dahal, had died of cancer in 1995.

Our heartfelt condolence to the deceased soul and sympathy to the mourning Dahal family.

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