Tulsi Giri

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Tulsi Giri
तुल्सी गिरी
23rd Prime Minister of Nepal
In office
2 April 1960 – 23 December 1963
MonarchMahendra
Preceded byBishweshwar Prasad Koirala
Succeeded bySurya Bahadur Thapa
In office
26 February 1964 – 26 January 1965
MonarchMahendra
Preceded bySurya Bahadur Thapa
Succeeded bySurya Bahadur Thapa
In office
1 December 1975 – 12 September 1977
MonarchKing Birendra
Preceded byNagendra Prasad Rijal
Succeeded byKirti Nidhi Bista
Personal details
Born(1926-09-26)26 September 1926
Siraha, Siraha District, Nepal
Died18 December 2018(2018-12-18) (aged 92)
Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu
CitizenshipNepalese
Political partyIndependent
ResidenceBangalore, India
OccupationPolitician

Tulsi Giri (Nepali: तुलसी गिरि; 26 September 1926 – 18 December 2018) was the Prime Minister of Nepal[1] from 1975 to 1977, and chairman of the Council of Ministers (a de facto Prime Ministerial position) in 1963, and again in 1964 and 1965. He was born in Siraha District, Nepal in 1926.[2] Tulsi was a Minister in the Congress government of 1959−1960 before its dissolution by King Mahendra. He became the first Prime Minister following the two-year period of Mahendra's direct rule. He studied at the Suri Vidyasagar College, when it was affiliated with the University of Calcutta.[3] He received a medical degree prior to entering politics.[4]

Tulsi was married 3 times and had 2 sons and 4 daughters, as of 2005, to Sarah Giri, a deaf-rights advocate. As of 2013 they had been married 34 years.[5] As an adult Tulsi was baptized to his wife's faith, Jehovah's Witnesses.[6] He resigned as chairman Rastriya Panchayat in 1986 and moved to Sri Lanka[7] where he stayed for two years and then finally settled in Bangalore, India until 2005. He died on December 18, 2018 at his home in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu aged 92, from liver cancer.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Praagh, David Van (2003). The Greater Game: India's Race with Destiny and China. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-7735-2639-6.
  2. ^ "Profile of Tulsi Giri". Ilmi Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge. Ilmi Kitab Khana. 1979. p. 382.
  3. ^ Prominent alumni, Suri Vidyasagar College Archived 2012-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Tulsi Giri Interview". Democracy for Nepal. 7 October 2005.
  5. ^ "Meeting the Other (Sarah) Giri". Wagle Street Journal. 30 November 2005.
  6. ^ Haviland, Charles (1 March 2005). "Analysis: Nepal one month on". BBC.
  7. ^ "From Kathmandu to Damon: The Story of Dr. Giri". 17 February 2005. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Former Prime Minister Tulsi Giri passes away at 93". Kathmandu Post. 18 December 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala
Prime Minister of Nepal
1960 – 1963
Succeeded by
Surya Bahadur Thapa
Preceded by
Surya Bahadur Thapa
Prime Minister of Nepal
1964 – 1965
Succeeded by
Surya Bahadur Thapa
Preceded by
Nagendra Prasad Rijal
Prime Minister of Nepal
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
Kirti Nidhi Bista