| May 19, 2019

Politician, litterateur Rajeshwar Devkota passes away

Politician, litterateur Rajeshwar Devkota passes away
KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Senior politician and veteran litterateur Rajeshwar Devkota passed away on Monday at the National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences (Neuro Hospital) in Bansbari, Kathmandu. Devkota, 86, was admitted to the hospital after suffering from neurological problems as well as pneumonia.

Born at Liglig of Gorkha district on October 8, 1929, Devkota started his political career by attending "Jayatu Samskritam," a popular movement against Rana regime in 2003 BS (1946). He was sent into exile by the Rana rulers and Devkota joined Nepali Congress to lead the revolution in Gorkha against the Ranas.
However, Devkota joined Panchayat regime of King Mahendra in 1960. He was elected as a member of National Panchayat, the then parliament, for several times. He served the Panchayat system as minister for education and land reforms. He went on to serve as the elected chairman of the National Panchayat thrice. Devkota was a staunch supporter of King Mahendra's policy of defining nationality through the slogan of "One nationality, one language and one dress code."

After the fall of Panchayat in 1990, Devkota joined Rastriya Prajatantra Party and became a member of the National Assembly, the upper house as per the 1990 constitution.

After the People's Movement of 2005/06, Devkota remained closed to Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal but he later decided to stay away from politics in view of his age. Devkota had been living in his residence at Maharajgunj lately.

Devkota was also a known litterateur. He penned famous literary works such as "Utsarga Prem," "Dwanda ko Awasan" and "Purba Katha."

He was awarded Madan Puraskar, a coveted literary award in Nepal, in 1987. He had also received Sajha Purasakar for his novel Purba Katha.

Devkota's body was kept at the National Academy for the public to pay their last respect before being taken to Pashupati Aryaghat for performing.

Speaker Subas Nembang, former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai, Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC, RPP-N Chairman Kamal Thapa, CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel and several others paid last tributes to Devkota at the National Academy.

Devkota is survived by a son and daughter.