Forged by hardship, communist rebellion

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 12, 2015-

The eldest child of father Mohan Prasad and mother Madhumaya Oli, KP Sharma Oli lost his mother at the age of four to smallpox. After the death of his mother, Oli’s grandmother Rammaya brought him up.

Prime Minister Oli’s childhood name was Dhruba. While enrolling in school, his parents changed his name to Khadga Prasad. He studied up to fifth grade at local Pranami Middle School.

According to his childhood friends, KP was a smart kid with a sharp mind. He liked playing chess and encouraged others to take up the game as well, they recall.

He also enjoyed playing football and was very good at scoring goals, his childhood friend and distant nephew Padam Prasad Oli said. Those days, he liked writing patriotic poems and reading them out to his friends, Padam Prasad continued.

With help from communist leader Ramnath Dahal, KP migrated to Jhapa in 1963 at the age of 12. Dahal was later killed in Sukhani Murders. Having been influenced by Marxist and Leninist philosophies, KP entered communist politics in 1966.

He went underground in 1970 after taking membership of Nepal Communist Party. The same year, he was arrested by the Panchayat government. In 1971, he took leadership of Jhapa Rebellion which was initiated by beheading landlords in the district. Between 1973 and 1987, KP spent 14 years behind bars in different jails in the country. After his release, he became the central committee

member of CPM-ML. In 1989, KP took up the responsibility of party’s Lumbini zonal chief.

After the 1990 revolution that saw the downfall of Panchayat regime, KP Oli became a popular name in the country. In 1991, he became the founding chairman of Prajatantrik Rastriya Yuwa Sangh. A year later, he became the party’s publicity department chief and established himself as a main figure in Nepali politics.

Published: 12-10-2015 08:10

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