Famous Nepalese Leaders

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A landlocked country located along the Himalayan range, Nepal is a mountainous country of South Asia. Address of eight of ten tallest mountains of the world, it has become an important country on the world map in terms of landscape and terrain. Nepal was a constitutional monarchy for the better part of its history. Ruled by the Shah dynasty since 1768, it was only in 2008 that the politics of the country took a detour to set the foundation for a Republic of Nepal to be formed. The topsy-turvy phase of Nepal began in 1996 when the Communist demanded for the takeover of the royal parliamentary system by People’s Republic. The 2001 royal massacre which led to the death of the King Birendra and subsequent enthronement of King Gyanendra saw the last phase of monarchy. With the democracy movement engulfing the entire nation, King Gyanendra finally relinquished all his sovereign powers and Nepal became Republic of Nepal. In the post-monarchial phase, Nepal has witnessed numerous political tensions and power-sharing battles. Governments have toppled and new political mandates have been ordered. Dr Ram Baran Yadav took up as the first President of Nepal. In 2015, he announced a new Constitution of Nepal which has transformed the country into a federally democratic republic. With this segment, find out in detail about famous Nepalese leaders.
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Binod Chaudhary
(Nepalese Politician, Businessman, and Philanthropist)
Binod Chaudhary
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Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

Binod Chaudhary is a Nepalese politician, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known for his association with the Chaudhary Group, where he serves as the president and chairman. Also known for his charity work, Binod Chaudhary was honoured in 2015 by Sri Sri University for his contribution in philanthropy. In 2016, he received the Asian Man of the Year Award.

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Jung Bahadur Rana
(8th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jung Bahadur Rana
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Birthdate: June 18, 1817
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borlang, Nepal
Died: February 25, 1877

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

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Begum Hazrat Mahal
(Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah)
Begum Hazrat Mahal
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Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Faizabad
Died: April 7, 1879

Also known as Begum of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal was the second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She is remembered for rebelling against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following her husband’s exile, she took over affairs in the state of Awadh. However, she was forced by the British to abandon Awadh.

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Girija Prasad Koirala
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Girija Prasad Koirala
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Birthdate: July 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saharsa, Bihar, British Raj (present-day India)
Died: March 20, 2010

Girija Prasad Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of the country on four occasions. Although he was accused of institutionalizing corruption in Nepal, Koirala remains one of the most popular politicians in the history of Nepal. In 2015, he was posthumously honored with Nepal's highest honor, Nepal Ratna Man Padavi.

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Sushil Koirala
(47th Prime Minister of Nepal (2014 - 2015))
Sushil Koirala
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Birthdate: August 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morang, Nepal
Died: February 9, 2016

Sushil Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of Nepal from 1 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. His government was panned for its slow response to the April 2015. Nepal earthquake. After his demise in 2016, the Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation was established in his honor.

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Prachanda
(Prime Minister of Nepal)
Prachanda
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Birthdate: December 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhikur Pokhari, Nepal

Nepali Communist Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, or “fierce,” played a major role in the Maoist insurgency that put an end to monarchy in the country and brought about democracy. He thus served as the first Nepali prime minister, and returned to the post later.

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Ram Baran Yadav
(President of Nepal from 2008 to 2015)
Ram Baran Yadav
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Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sapahi, Janakpur

Ram Baran Yadav is a Nepalese physician and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Nepal from 2008 to 2015. An important politician, Ram Baran Yadav also served as the Health Minister from 1999 to 2001.

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Baburam Bhattarai
(35th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Baburam Bhattarai
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Birthdate: June 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khoplang, Gorkha, Nepal

Born in a remote village in Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai completed his education in India on scholarships. The former prime minister of Nepal also boasts of a PhD from JNU. A member of the Maoist faction of the Communist Party of Nepal, he later launched his own party, Naya Shakti.

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Bidya Devi Bhandari
(President of Nepal)
Bidya Devi Bhandari
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Birthdate: June 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manebhanjyang, Nepal

Bidya Devi Bhandari is a Nepalese politician and the current president of Nepal. An important politician, Bidya Devi Bhandari previously served as the minister of environment and population from March 1997 to October 1997. She also served as the minister of defence from 2009 to 2011. In 2016, she was included in Forbes magazine's world's 100 most powerful women list. 

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Karishma Manandhar
(One of the Most Famous Nepali Actresses of All Time)
Karishma Manandhar
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Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lalitpur, Nepal

Karishma Manandhar is a Nepalese actress and politician. Counted among the most famous Nepali actresses of all time, Karishma is best known for her portrayal of important roles in romantic movies of the 1990s and 2000s. Renowned for her beauty and acting skills, Karishma Manandhar has starred in over 70 films. 

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Ganesh Man Singh
(Nepalese Political Leader Who Led the 1990 People's Movement in Nepal)
Ganesh Man Singh
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Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 18, 1997

Ganesh Man Singh was a Nepalese political leader best remembered for leading the 1990 People's Movement in Nepal. Revered as the Iron-man of Nepali politics and the Father of Democracy in Nepal, Ganesh Man Singh was honored with the Human Rights Award by the United Nations in 1993. He was the first South Asian statesman to receive the award.

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Sujata Koirala
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal)
Sujata Koirala
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Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Biratnagar, Nepal

Sujata Koirala is a Nepalese politician best known for her service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal from 25 May 2009 to 6 February 2011. In 2009, Sujata Koirala was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, becoming only the second woman to hold the office.

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Man Mohan Adhikari
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Man Mohan Adhikari
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Birthdate: June 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: April 26, 1999

Man Mohan Adhikari was a Nepalese political leader best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 30 November 1994 to 12 September 1995. An important member of the Communist Party of Nepal, Man Mohan Adhikari was the first communist to hold the prime minister's office in Nepal.

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Krishna Prasad Bhattarai
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai
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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: March 4, 2011

Krishna Prasad Bhattarai was a Nepalese political leader who was twice the prime minister of Nepal. He played a major role in transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system. Prior to becoming the prime minister, he was the officiating president of the Nepali Congress for nearly 26 years. He was known to be saintly and religious. 

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B. P. Koirala
(Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960)
B. P. Koirala
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Birthdate: September 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: July 21, 1982

B. P. Koirala was a Nepalese political leader, revolutionary, and writer. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960. He also served as the Home Minister of Nepal in 1951. B. P. Koirala, who was an ardent advocate of democracy, is often counted among the greatest political figures of Nepal.

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Gopal Prasad Rimal
(Nepalese Revolutionary Poet)
Gopal Prasad Rimal
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Birthdate: May 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: October 24, 1973

Gopal Prasad Rimal was a Nepalese poet best remembered for his revolutionary poems. His collection of poems titled Aama ko sapana earned him the Madan Puraskar in 1962. In 1973, Gopal Prasad Rimal was honored with the Tribhuwan Pragya Puraskar. Today, he is revered as the first revolutionary poet from Nepal.