Gopal Prasad Rimal

Nepal's greatest poet, Gopal Prasad Rimal, was born in Kathmandu in 1918. During his adolescence he came under the influence of revolutionaries who were aspiring to overthrow the then despotic Rana regime. In 1941, the brutal execution of the Nepali patriot Dashrath Chand and his friends fired Rimal's imagination and thus revolution became the bedrock of his creative ventures. Rimal founded a creative organization called "Praja Panchayat" to raise voice against the suppression of Nepalese masses by the autocratic Rana rulers and was imprisoned on several occasions for his involvement in the Movement. He played a pivotal role in making the 1950-51 Democratic Movement successful but soon after grew disillusioned. His dreams of a democratic Nepal were shattered as "harlots of anarchy" in the garb of democracy started dancing in "castles of filth.” Rimal lost his mental balance and was sent to an asylum in Ranchi. Later he was brought back to Nepal to spend the rest of his life, roaming insane in the streets of Kathmandu with the dream of a true democracy seething in him. Rimal died in 1973.