Ujwal Thapa

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Ujwal Thapa
उज्वल थापा
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Thapa
Born1976/1977
Died (aged 44)
Alma materBennington College
OccupationYouth leader, entrepreneur, social worker
Political partyBibeksheel Nepali, Bibeksheel Sajha Party

Ujwal Thapa (Nepali: उज्वल थापा; 1976/1977 – 1 June 2021) was a Nepali youth leader and activist, entrepreneur, and social worker. He was the president of the Bibeksheel Nepali party.

Early life[edit]

Thapa was educated at the Budhanilkantha School in Kathmandu, Nepal[2] and finished his bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont, USA in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Thapa ran as an independent candidate in the 2013 Nepalese Constituent Assembly election from Kathmandu Constituency Number 5.[4]

He was the president of the Bibeksheel Nepali party which, under his leadership, staged protests at the Maitighar Mandala monument in support of the senior orthopaedic surgeon at Tribhuwan University Maharajganj Teaching Hospital Dr. Govinda K.C., who was on a fast-to-death protesting for reforms in the medical sector.[5] Thapa also led a symbolic protest against members of the Legislature Parliament of Nepal at Baneshwor, Kathmandu, demanding affordable medical facilities for the citizens.[6]

In 2002, Thapa started Digital Max Solutions, a website development and software branding business. With Chandra Maharzan and Sakin Shrestha, he founded the IT community WordPress Nepal.[7] He also established Shangrila Coffee, a coffee farm in Syangja district in 2009. He helped start and run the entrepreneurial forum Entrepreneurs for Nepal. He also ran a personal blog called "Why Nepal?".[8]

Death[edit]

Thapa died on 1 June 2021, aged 44, due to post COVID-19 illness, while undergoing treatment at Mediciti Hospital of Lalitpur, according to a statement issued on behalf of his family and friends.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tiwari, Ashutosh (3 June 2021). "Nepal loses rare purpose-driven leader". Archived from the original on 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  2. ^ Tiwari, Ashutosh. "Nepal loses rare purpose-driven leader". Nepali Times. Archived from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  3. ^ "The Provoker | Bennington College". www.bennington.edu. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Candidate – Ujwal Thapa". Election.ujyaaloonline.com. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Thousands demonstrate in support of Dr Govinda KC". The Himalayan Times. 23 July 2016. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ Milan Poudel (21 July 2016). "Youths stage symbolic protest against 601 MPs (photo feature) – Capital". The Kathmandu Post. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Co-Founder of WordPress Nepal Community, Ujwal Thapa Passes Away at 44". DevotePress. 2 June 2021. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  8. ^ Ujwal Thapa. "About Ujwal Thapa, building "bibeksheel" Leaders for Nepal". Whynepal.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  9. ^ Onlinekhabar (June 2021). "Bibeksheel Nepali founder Ujwal Thapa no more". Onlinekhabar.com. Archived from the original on 1 June 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021.