Talk:Pushpa Kamal Dahal

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Removed “Anti-Revisionist“ from “Anti-revisionist communist revolutionary“ because he's not an anti-revisionist. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:08, 29 May 2009 (UTC)


Someone has vandalized this page. The changes made seem really cheap. I would like to request blocking of that IP address - or, at the very least, warn him. how do I do it ? ~(its my wiki username, feel free to email me)

Edited for grammar on 08/10/2013

Category: Democracy activists, "Nepalese People's War"[edit]

Excuse me? --Captain Obvious and his crime-fighting dog (talk) 16:14, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

It seems a shame to put up a Neutrality Disputed banner without discussing anything first. I didn't insert "People's War" in there but I did clarify it by putting "Nepalese" in front of it. "People's War" is what the Maoists called it. A neutral name would be Nepalese Civil War. I didn't see anything about "democracy activists" in there. The statement "[h]e also said that the party had expressed its commitment to multi-party democracy" is in there. That's a factual statement. Prachanda and other top Maoists have said this repeatedly IIRC. They are in favor off the republic, professedly. Sometimes one detects a murmur of "at this time," it is true. If you want to put some skepticism in there, I'd say cite it and do so. You put the banner up, you can take it down. DanielM (talk) 16:55, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

He's in Category: Democracy activists --Captain Obvious and his crime-fighting dog (talk) 11:35, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Prachanda joined the underground communist movement in 1981, at the time there was a royal dictatorship in Nepal, with no multi-party system and limited press freedom. The Nepalese communist movement worked to overthrown the dictatorship and establish a democratic state. The category 'Democracy activists' have huge pov inclusion problems, but as long as the category isn't CFD:ed, I don't see why Prachanda shouldn't be included. --Soman (talk) 13:01, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

It was a multi-party government that he declared war on in 1996 and the monarchy didn't become truly tyrannical until sometime in the last four or five years; correct me if I am wrong. I think he was rehabilitated somewhat by the fact that the monarchy got out of control and the Nepal people with the help of the Maoists reclaimed their country from it, but I don't think Prachanda should be described as a democracy activist or included in any such category. Suggest heeding Captain O's objections: remove the category, change People's War to Civil War, and take down the banner. DanielM (talk) 22:14, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

I went ahead and did it. DanielM (talk) 00:09, 23 August 2008 (UTC)



considering his new role as PM, I think a move to Pushpa Kamal Dahal might be warranted. Nowadays, he's referred to as 'PM Dahal' in Nepalese newsmedia. The underground days are quite definately over now. --Soman (talk) 16:31, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Suggest waiting for the dust to settle before doing this, say the end of the month if indeed he becomes referred to that way? DanielM (talk) 21:07, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Biography coming soon[edit]

[1], --Soman (talk) 20:36, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Make sure you mention his caste and/or ethnic group. This is important in Nepali society and relevant to any useful biography of Prachanda. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:31, 29 March 2011 (UTC)


So is his birthday December 11th or 25th? It says both in this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:18, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

The cited source says 11th so I changed 25 to 11 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Edit.exe (talkcontribs) 17:56, 4 May 2009 (UTC)


This is a proposal to add a Criticism section to the bottom of the article. Like many topics on Wikipedia, espeically those involving countries, politics, war, and current events, there are some pointed criticisms that may not fit well in a chronological history but nonetheless are 'out there'. Though this section might one day be integrated into the main article, I think it would be useful, especially given the somewhat biased tone of the current article, which treats Prachanda as more of a political hero than a NPOV article should. Of course, criticism would have to be sourced and not mere name-calling or rumor-mongering.

I hope it can be cited without resorting to Rumors or fake internet sites.Mortimerlee (talk) 22:23, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

I don't think the tone of the article generally treats Prachanda as a political hero, but some attention needs to be paid to the "public appearance" section, it's kind of "huh?". DanielM (talk) 20:29, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

I am today in Kathmandu/Nepal and will visit Congress of CPN-Maaoist in the next days i put a new picture in this Page of Prachanda. Regards Juergen —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:15, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Request for Comments[edit]

There is an RfC on the question of using "Religion: None" vs. "Religion: None (atheist)" in the infobox on this and other similar pages.

The RfC is at Template talk:Infobox person#RfC: Religion infobox entries for individuals that have no religion.

Please help us determine consensus on this issue. --Guy Macon (talk) 02:47, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

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Page Move to "Pushpa Kamal Dahal"[edit]

The guerilla days are long over, and Prachanda is more commonly referred to by his surname "Dahal" today. Most major national newspapers in Nepal have moved from the revolutionary-sounding "Prachanda" to "Dahal". For instance, each of the three major English national newspapers regularly mention "Dahal" over "Prachanda". To see a bit for yourself, consider the following recent links:

Oli bows out, way open for Dahal government – Republica (July 25, 2016)

Dahal attacks Oli's modus operandi as he presents no-confidence motion – The Himalayan Times (July 22, 2016)

Deuba, Dahal meet Prez Bhandari – The Kathmandu Post (July 24, 2016)

So holds true for major Nepali newspapers and online portals:

दाहाल प्रधानमन्त्री भए के हुन्छ? विश्लेषण गर्दै ... – Nagarik (July 26, 2016)

राजीनामा दिएर ओलीले राजनेताको परिचय दिए: दाहाल – Setopati (July 24, 2016)

ओली अहंकारी, आत्मकेन्द्रित : दाहाल – Kantipur (July 22, 2016)

It's mundane to post each link, but I have checked numerous Nepali sources and not a single one headlines "Prachanda" over "Dahal". The rare ones that do always happen to be Indian sources, which is a bit of a mystery to unfold. However, the point is that the usage of "Dahal" far outweighs "Prachanda" in media, academics, and, as an effect, in the popular culture. So, I see no reason to not move the page, which is currently entitled Prachanda, to "Pushpa Kamal Dahal". If you have want to contest this change (although I see no point in it), please drop your lines. Thanks! Inimesh (talk) 10:31, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

I just want to point out that you wrote Puspha rather than Pushpa. I am not a Nepal expert, but I have not seen it spelled that way anywhere else. Anderson Rawls (talk) 20:48, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Oh, my bad. The correct spelling is indeed "Pushpa," as opposed to "Puspha." I have made necessary rectifications in this talk section and tried doing in the article page. But, for the article, it appears that the page Pushpa Kamal Dahal already exists as a redirect to this page, so I have added a tag for speedy deletion in the former page, and dropped a message in the talk page of one of the administrators. Let's hope this issue will be sorted out soon. Thanks for pointing out! Inimesh (talk) 03:41, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
And it's all fixed now! Inimesh (talk) 01:10, 1 August 2016 (UTC)