Ganesh Man Singh

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Ganesh Man Singh
Ganesh man singh 1993.jpg
Ganesh Man Singh
Born November 9, 1915
Itumbahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died September 1997
Chaksibari, Kathmandu, Nepal
Organization Nepali Congress, Nepal Praja Parishad
Political movement
Nepalese Democratic Movement

Ganesh Man Singh (Nepali:गणेशमान सिंह) (November 9, 1915 – September 1997) was the commander of Nepalese democratic movement of 1990 AD. He is one of the very few people in the History of Nepal to refuse to become the Prime Minister when offered the post by the monarch, and as such, is revered as the Father of Democracy in Nepal.

Early life[edit]

He was born on November 9, 1915[1] in Itumbahal, Kathmandu. His father was Gyan Man Singh and mother Sanunani Shrestha Singh. His father died when he was young, so his grandfather, Ratna Man Singh (who was Badakaji in Rana regime), took care of him.

He studied in Durbar High School till class 6 when he was rusticated from the school for not respecting his fellow Rana students.[2] He then went to Calcutta to study where he completed his matriculation from Vidyasagar College in first division.[2] He studied until I.Sc. then returned to Nepal in B.S. 1994.

Supreme Leader of Nepali Congress[edit]

Ganesh Man Singh Statue in front of Ganesh Man Singh Bhawan in TU Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu
Ganesh Man Singh Building in TU Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu. The building contains Pediatrics Department of the hospital.

Mr Singh was one of the main leaders of Nepali Congress Movement in 2007 B.S., which was able to overthrow Rana Regime. In 2015, he was elected as Member of Parliament from Kathmandu and later became a Cabinet Minister. After coup d'état by King Mahendra, Mr Singh became one of the main leaders advocating for democracy in Nepal. He ultimately became the Supreme leader of Nepali Congress, the title he held throughout his life.

Early political life[edit]

As soon as he got back to Nepal, he started protesting against the autocratic rulers of Nepal. He came in contact with martyr Dharma Bhakta Mathema and joined Praja Parishad, the first political party of Nepal.[3] He got married with Mangala Devi Singh in B.S. 1997. Three months after his marriage, he was arrested for his involvement in Praja Parishad. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for his democratic activities.

Later life[edit]

After the coup of 1960, Singh was held without trial for eight years at the Sundarijal Military Detention Camp.[4]

Recognizing his outstanding contribution in the field of Human Rights, Mr. Singh was honored by the United Nations with “Human Rights Award” in 1993. He is the first Statesman from South Asia to receive this prestigious award.

Singh had received the “United States Peace Run Prize” in 1990 for his contribution to peace in Nepal and the world and his leadership quality. He was also decorated by the “U Thant Peace Award”.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Letter to "Mission Pemanente, Du Royamu Du Nepal, Aupres de l'office des Nations Unies, Geneve" by Nepalese Ambassador, Jayaraj Acharya, nominating Ganesh Man Singh for Human Right Award, Page 62, श्रद्धांजली
  2. ^ a b वीर गणेशमान सिंह स्मारिका, Page 1
  3. ^ इतिहासपुरुषहरुका दृष्टिमा गणेशमान सिंह, Page 21
  4. ^ "Picture of Sundarijal Military Detention Camp". Nepali Congress. Archived from the original on 2002-08-02. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 

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