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A letter to Jawaharlal from Nepali PM M.P. Koirala

8th May, 52.

CONFIDENTIAL

My dear Jawaharlal Ji,

I received your letter No. 5744-P.M. dated April 25, 1952, in which you have mentioned on foreign contacts of the Nepal Government with special reference to the U.S.A Government. I felt that there has been some misunderstanding in the matter.

When I was in Delhi in the first week of January last Mr. Chester Bowles referred in his talks to the request made by us to the Govt. of India for financial and technical help and that he too would try to the Govt. of India for financial and technical help and that he too would try to extend Point 4 Aid if it would be possible. Bedsides, he said that a certain American expert employed by the Govt. Of India for urban community planning would like to visit Kathmandu during his summer vacation and by the way give his advices to us if we so desired. Some of my colleagues were in Delhi in the last week of April to discuss the matter of help with the Govt. of India. Some members of the American Embassy saw them and tried to discuss the development projects so that they could plead for extension of the Point 4 Aid. As our plans and projects were being discuss with the Govt. of India my colleagues naturally told them that Govt. of India had accepted to examine our projects and help us. This is so far as the American aid is concerned. Mr. Goodal is here. He has seen me and said that he would send some manual of the American system of administrative reorganisation to us. He is not advising us in matters of reorganisation of administration in the strict sence of the term nor have we ever desired that both Indian team and American expert should help us in the reorganisation. There should have been no reason for any misunderstanding. (more…)

के कोइराला परिवारले ‘रेणु’लाई सम्झेको छ?

श्रीमति लतिका रेणू (फणीश्वरनाथ रेणुकी श्रीमति)

श्रीमति लतिका रेणू (फणीश्वरनाथ रेणुकी श्रीमति)

कतिपय पुराना मान्छे भन्छन्, बीपी ‘बीपी’ बन्नमा ‘देवेन्द्र’, ‘फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु’ ‘भोला चटर्जी’को हात छ, त्यसो त यसै भनाईलाई ठीक उल्टो गरि पनि भन्न सकिएला र बीपीको योगदानका वारेमा चर्चा गर्न सकिएला। जे होस्, यहाँ चर्चा गर्न लागिएका पात्र हुन् “फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु” को हो। रेणु र बीपी दुई साथी, दाजुभाइ, क्रान्तिकारी, योद्धा र लेखक सबै थिए। पटनामा जन्मिएर नेपाली क्रान्तिका लागि अतुलनीय योगदान पुर्याएका रेणुलाई नेपालीहरूले त उहिल्यै विर्सीसके। कांग्रेसका तत्कालिन नेताहरूले पनि बिर्से नै होलान्। तर, कोइराला परिवारलाई परेको दु:ख-सुखमा हरदम साथ दिने रेणु र वहाँको परिवारका वारेमा के कोइराला परिवारको कुनै व्यक्तिले सोचेको, सम्झेको होला। फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु वितेको धेरै वर्ष भइसक्यो तर उनका पत्नि श्रीमती रेणुलाई कोइराला परिवारका कुनै सदस्यले कहिल्यै सम्झे, सम्झेनन् वा भेटे भेटेनन् थाहा छैन। आर्थिक वा अन्य सहयोगको लागि होइन तर के फणीश्वरनाथ रेणुजस्ता अग्रज लेखक र नेपाली क्रान्तिका वरिष्ट व्यक्तित्वकी पत्नि  लतिका रेणुलाई सम्झन जरूरी छैन? थोरै माया र सद्‌भाव देखाउन जरूरी छैन। यो कस्तो खालको वैगुनी परम्परा हो? के नेपालीहरू प्रति भारतीयहरूले देखाउने माया, सद्‌भाव र श्रद्धालाई यस्तै-यस्तै वैगुनका कारणले गर्दा असर परेको त छैन।

यहाँ हिन्दीमा लेखिएको लेख छ- लतिका रेणुका वारेमा। नेपालीमा अनुवाद गर्न नसकेकोमा क्षमा माग्दै हिन्दीभाषाको उक्त लेखलाई जस्ताको तस्तै राखिएको छ।

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‘नेहरू साह्रै कच्चा नेता थिए’ : बीपी कोइराला (BP Koirala)

BP koirala with Neharu

BP koirala with Neharu

(2007/10/29,Monday नयाँ पत्रिकाबाट)

(कांग्रेसका दिवंगत नेता बिपी कोइरालाले नेहरू मेमोरियल म्युजियम तथा लाइब्रेरीका डा. हरिदेव शर्मालाई २०३३ सालमा दिनुभएको ऐतिहासिक अन्तर्वार्ता क्रमशः प्रस्तुत गर्ने क्रममा आज हामीले अर्को भाग प्रस्तुत गरेका छौं। अन्तर्वार्ताको प्रतिलिपि नेपाली कांग्रेसका पुराना एवं समर्पित कार्यकर्ता पदमबहादुर थापाको अथक प्रयास र सहयोगले हामीलाई प्राप्त भएको हो। यस सामग्रीको मूल टेप र प्रामाणिक प्रतिलिपि नेहरू म्युजियममा सुरक्षित छ। थापालाई यी सामग्रीको प्रतिलिपि तयार गर्न विशेष सहयोग गर्नुहुने बिपीपुत्र शशांक र नेहरू म्युजियमका निर्देशक डा. विमल प्रसादप्रति नयाँ पत्रिकाफेरि पनि विशेष आभार प्रकट गर्दछ। कांग्रेसका चिन्तक नेता प्रदीप गिरीको चिठी र सहयोगकै कारण थापालाई यो सामग्री हासिल गर्न थप सजिलो भएकाले हामी गिरीप्रति पनि विशेष कृतज्ञ छौं। डा. शर्माले बिपीसँग दर्जनौं प्रश्न गर्नुभएको थियो। यसपटक हामीले प्रधानमन्त्री हुँदा बिपीले भारत र चीनसँगको सम्बन्ध सन्तुलित बनाउन कस्तो प्रयास गर्नुभयो भन्ने सर्न्दर्भ प्रस्तुत गरेका छौं। यी दुर्लभ दस्तावेज हामी क्रमशः प्रकाशन गर्दै जानेछौं। सं.)

तपाईंको विदेश नीति कस्तो थियो, खासगरी भारत र चीनप्रतिको धारणा ?
भारत र चीनको सम्बन्ध असहज भएको बेला म सत्तामा आएँ। स्थिति सन् १९५३ देखि नै विग्रँदै गएको थियो। तर
, १९५९ मा नपुग्दै यो विस्फोटक बिन्दुमा पुग्यो। तपाईंलाई आश्चर्य लाग्ला, जवाहरलाल नेहरू असाध्यै कच्चा नेता थिए। म उनीसँग भारत र चीनको सम्बन्धबारे छलफल गर्थें, म प्रधानमन्त्री हुनुअघि पनि। चीनले तिब्बत कब्जा गर्नु भारतको सुरक्षाका लागि खतरा हो, मेरो भनाइ थियो। तर, लाख कोसिस गर्दा पनि नेहरूले यो कुरा बुझेनन्, बुझनै चाहेनन्। भारतप्रति आक्रामक बन्न चीन किन इच्छुक होला र ? उनको तर्क थियो। उनी भन्थे, ‘चीन आन्तरिक झमेलामा यति धेरै फसेको छ, उसले विदेशतिर आँखा लगाउने कोसिस पनि गर्नेछैन। (more…)

Permanent rebellion: The story of B.P. Koirala by Ramchandra Guha

(Source: The Hindu, Sunday, July 29, 2001)

The autobiography of Nepali politician and sometime Prime Minister B.P. Koirala is a vivid account of personal and social turmoil and of exile and rebellion that provides acute insights into the history and politics of the 20th Century. Formally released in New Delhi in April, this book’s compelling themes have been made more poignant by the recent happenings in the Kathmandu palace, says historian RAMACHANDRA GUHA.

“EVERY man’s life,” remarked Dr. Johnson, “should be best written by himself”. Strangely, Johnson did not carry out his own injunction, for it was another pen, that of James Boswell, that set out for posterity the main contours of his life.
One must not unduly regret Johnson’s failure. For one thing, it allowed Boswell to write what is still the most widely read of all biographies. For another, the autobiography is the most perilous of literary forms. As the French scholar Andr Maurois pointed out many years ago, it is marked by a “deliberate forgetfulness”, a willed failure to remember failure, a desire to omit from one’s authorised account events that were unpleasant or that might undermine one’s reputation. The autobiography, writes Maurois, is a genre marked by a lack of sincerity. It forgets and it rationalises. It gives order and retrospective coherence to decisions made ad hoc or more-or-less on the spot. (more…)

Remember me as a Good Man : BP Koirala

 (Source: August 8, 1982 Amrit Bazar Patrika, Calcutta (Kolkata))

BP Koirala

Devastatingly handsome. Tall and lean, he has an easy grace in his movements, and even more graceful is his courtesy, for he proffers his hand and says, “I’m Koirala!’ Yes, of course, I mumble and follow him into a large room where few cane chairs are strewn about, and there is a big bedstead with a sheet on it for many people to sit on.
?�ea comes in small cheap glasses, and I remember that every other politician in town had served tea in expensive crockery. Koirala was a sickman, with a permament hoarseness in the voice, and it was clear, long conversation tired him, the vocal chords in particular. But for the four hours or so that I talked to him, on two days on the second, he wore Nepalese dress he never sought rest, thought our conversation was interrupted quite a few times by people visiting him. Not all, it seemed to me, were political workers, but he had time for everybody, and even when impatient, was never angry or imperious like some people we have seen nearer home.
When Tirthankar Mukherjee met Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala (BP to his friends) they close to talk of things not immediately political. What were this elder statesman’s life’s lessons? Why are dreams never fulfilled? What still impels a man never to give up? How can one not be frustrated when every single belief of one’s crumbles? Extracts from their long conversation follow.

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