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Krishna Bikram Nembang, revolutionary, historian no more

Krishna Bikram Nembang, revolutionary, historian no more

Birth: March 14, 1942

Death: November 19, 2023

Krishna Bikram Nembang, who spearheaded an armed revolution against the 1960 royal coup, has died. He was 82. 

At the heart of the tumultuous events of December 1960, Nembang, then studying in Darjeeling, stood against King Mahendra's coup and protested the incarceration of Nepali Congress leader BP Koirala. After returning to Nepal, he became an unwavering force, writing leaflets to enlighten the public about the injustices and advocating passionately for democracy.

Born in Panchthar district, Nembang was involved in politics from his school days. During his teens, he had stood up against the Rana regime.

Though a committed member of the Nepali Congress, Nembang chose a life of service over power. He made his name as a historian and researcher. He used to say that he had lived three lives: of a student, a revolutionary and a historian.

He penned his experience and the situation of the 1960 revolution in his book ‘Satra Saalko Krantiko Samjhana,’ vividly detailing how the revolutionary fighters under his leadership confiscated the weapons from the police who were traveling via the Sukiya jungle. He also wrote about the culture and history of the Kirat people.

Nembang also possessed an extensive knowledge on human development, social development and geography. His writings delved into the depths of history, exploring Indus and Ganges civilizations, and offering detailed insights into Rigveda, Yajurveda, Atharvaveda, and Samaveda.

His notable literary works include ‘Diaryma Belayat,’ ‘Aakshep ra Pathak Pratikriya,’ ‘Smiritima BP Andolan,’ and ‘Limbu Itihas: Tibatti, Lepcha, Koch, Sen ra Roy Sambandha.’

Writer Hari Gautam aptly remembers Nembang as a man of morals, a practitioner of non-violence, and a devoted soul who found his life and happiness in the Nepali Congress. For the past decade, he embraced a hermit's life, devoid of anger or hatred.

Nembang breathed his last at the Nepal Cancer Hospital on November 19.

Survived by three sons and four daughters, Nembang's legacy extends beyond the pages of history.