Gagan Thapa

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Gagan Kumar Thapa
गगन कुमार थापा
Gagan Thapa ICIMOD.jpg
Gagan Thapa during a program of ICIMOD Kathmandu
Ministry of Health and Population (Nepal)
Assumed office
25 August 2016[1]
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Member of Legislature Parliament of Nepal from Kathmandu Constituency No. 4
Assumed office
21 January 2014
Preceded by Suprava Ghimire
Personal details
Born Gagan Kumar Thapa
(1976-07-16) 16 July 1976 (age 40)
Nationality Nepali
Political party Nepali Congress
Spouse(s) Dr. Anjana KC Thapa (2008-present)
Children 2 (Gargi Thapa, Gia Thapa)
  • Father: Mahendra Kumar Thapa
  • Mother: Rameshwari Thapa
Education Masters in Political Science
Alma mater Tri Chandra College

Gagan Thapa (Nepali: गगन थापा) is the current Ministry of Health and Population (Nepal) (Nepali: स्वास्थ्य मन्त्री) of Nepal.[3] He is a current member of Legislature Parliament of Nepal. He is a member of Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress Party.[4]

He is one of the most popular political leaders in Nepal and has a large following in various social networking sites. He emerged as potential future leader of the country during the agitation against King Gyanendra's direct rule during the months leading to the 2006 democracy movement in Nepal. Since then, he has been seen as a fresh and young face in contrast to the usual political landscape dominated by septuagenarian and octogenarian politicians who have been in the political center-stage for decades. The young generation often portrays him to be their leader as a future Prime Minister of Nepal.[5] He was also a member of 1st Nepalese Constituent Assembly (2008–12). Widely recognized for his oratory, many Nepali people believe that he can lead the nation in an executive role if presented with an opportunity.


Gagan Thapa at Open Data Day 2014

In 2008 he became a member of the first constitutional assembly, elected under Party-list proportional representation from Nepali Congress.[2] He was in the Fundamental Rights and Directive Principle of the Constituent Assembly and the Natural Resources and Means committee of the Legislative Parliament. Prior to the election, he had held important positions within his party as the general secretary of the NC student wing, Nepal Student Union (2002–04), its vice president (2000–02) and central committee member (1998-2000). He was also the president of the Free Student Union of Tri Chandra College, Kathmandu (1998-00). He completed his master's degree in political science from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. After the 2006 democracy movement he rose as one of the most prominent youth leaders in Nepal. He is a highly praised political leader among Nepalese youths.

In 2013, he ran as Nepali Congress candidate from Kathmandu constituency-4 in the second Constitutional Assembly election held on 19 November 2013, which he won with a huge margin against his opponents. With 22,336 votes, he emerged victorious over his closest contender Nirmal Kuikel of CPN (UML) who managed to collect only 9,028 votes. The third contender from the same constituency with merely 6,462 votes was Nanda Kishor Pun (Pashang) of the UCPN Maoists, who was also the commander in chief of the party's armed-wing People's Liberation Army, Nepal during the insurgency.[6]

On 26 August 2016, Thapa took oath of office from the President Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the Minister for Health from Nepali Congress in a coalition government between the said party and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal.[7]

On 13 April 2017, he announced new health campaign "My Year 2074: Healthy Myself, Healthy Nation".[8][9] He is also an entrepreneur[10] engaged in agribusiness in Nepal and a philanthropist.[11]

Significant jobs[edit]

Gagan Thapa performing speech in Sydney

He refused to take the salary on extension of duration of constituent assembly beyond the deadline in 2009 and encouraged others to do so. He was the only MP who proposed that parties disengage from Nepal bandas. It was he who wrote the bill to stop the burning of tyres during protests. He fought for the right of Nepali children to get citizenship with their mothers’ names. He has publicly stated that he won't be involved in active politics after the age of 55 because he doesn't want his successor to face the same problem of generational shift he faced in his time. This is a symbol of his wholeheartedness and dedication to Nepali politics.[12]

Recently[when?], he was elected to the position of President of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources. He has also served in important committees for drafting the new constitution of Nepal during both tenures of the Constituent Assembly.

Personal life[edit]

He married Dr. Anjana KC Thapa in 2008.


He has contributed a lot in formulating constitution of Nepal of 2072 BS. He has authored and edited Nepali Congress kaa Aitehasik Dastaawejharu, a book on historical database of Nepali Congress party.


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