Publication Nepalaya is set to present its readers with yet another important personality of Nepal’s modern history. An autobiography of Lal Babu Pandit, a political personality who hails from the southern plains, was unveiled coinciding with the Chhath festival.
According to the press statement released by Nepalaya, Pandit was successful in garnering wide appreciation soon after taking over his first ministerial portfolio in his almost 40-year-long political career. He is known for his honesty and courage to take on the scourge of corruption and malpractice.
He also became a bridge between communities at the height of caste polarization. Pandit became an example of how determined a minister can be, if one dares to work for the nation’s benefit. He proved that the ministerial portfolio like General Administration can be an opportunity to prove oneself, if you have enough perseverance to fight against the ill practice within the civil services, which had become the norm. His remarkable stance as a minister changed the course of the nation for good.
Lal Babu’s uncompromising attitude on issues of national importance was a result of his long standing political career. The story of his involvement with the underground political movement alongside CPN UML’s popular leader late Madan Bhandari and his life as a student as well as a family man covers interesting facts. Above all, his ordinary lifestyle is compelling.
Publication Nepalaya is gearing up to launch the autobiography of a man, who used his political career to change the very character of the power he possessed. Singha Dubar is known as Nepal’s Executive Center, hence his autobiography is named, ‘Singhadurbar Badalne Sangharsha’ – Struggle to Change Singadurbar.
The press statement quoting Lal babu stated, “I saw corruption and mal practices everywhere after I became a minister and hence I thought the process of change needs to start from within. I have sincerely put forward the work carried out during my tenure as a minister. I hope people who are committed to change and nation building will read this book.”
Pandit has written the book in association with journalist Mukesh Pokhrel.
“We decided to publish Lal Babu Pandit’s biography thinking his life and struggle would be an interesting read,” said CEO of Publication Nepalaya Saijan Maskey. ‘The book sheds light on a political leader, who showed tremendous hope and aspiration amidst utter political chaos,” she added.
The book starts with, him receiving a call from the Party Chairman informing him on being nominated for a ministerial post, while he was commuting in a public bus in Kathmandu’s Ringroad, and ends with him leaving the government quarters back to his rented apartment.
“Sharing one’s life story is putting yourself on trial,” said Pandit. “I leave it up to the readers to judge and decide.” The book will be available in the book stores in November and is priced at Rs 325.