Dilliraman Regmi, son of late Rohiniraman and late Muktidevi
Regmi, was born on December 17, 1913 in Kilagal, Kathmandu.
He was married in 1933. He took M.A. and M. Litt. degrees
from India. In 1961 Patna University conferred on him
the degree of philosophy (Ph.D.) in economics and later
he obtained D. Litt. from the same university. His academic
interest and research, thus, continued unabated. Dr.
Regmi was the first Nepali who received honorary D.Sc.
degree from the then Soviet Union.
outstanding intellectual dedicated to constant pursuit
of research, study and writing he wrote and published
several volumes on Nepal's Ancient, Medieval and Modern
History. His other publications include A Century of
Family Autocracy, Nepalese Democratic Struggle and Indo-Nepalese
Relations Through the Ages.
Dr. Regmi, as a pioneer of the Democratic Movement
in Nepal, played a leading role in the restoration of
democracy in Nepal through non-violence. In 1934 Dr.
Regmi was involved in politics. Nepal National Congress
was founded in January, 1947 in Calcutta, India on the
initiative of Dr. Regmi and his friends when they were
in exile in India.
In India Dr. Regmi came into close contact with Indian
leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra
Prasad, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai during the time of struggle
of Indian people against British colonialism. He joined
Gandhi's movement for Indian Independence. For his activities
against the British Regime, the British Rulers of India
put him into prison in February, 1941 and released him
after five years.
In 1957 Dr. Regmi took part in Satyagraha (civil disobedience
movement) insisting on a fixed date to hold democratic
elections in Nepal. He was not in favour of partyless
Panchayat System in Nepal and openly launched a campaign
for multiparty democracy during the referendum of 1979
(2036 B.S.). He inspired and cooperated with the pro-democratic
forces of Nepal during the people's movement in 1990
He was Chairman of Nepal World Peace Council and Nepal
Afro-Asian Solidarity Committee and founder President
of Society for the Promotion of International Peace
and understanding, Gandhi International Peace Centre
and Gautam Buddha Foundation. Well known as a senior
politician and historian, Dr. Regmi, who took keen interest
in ancient Nepalese history, wrote books on this subject.
He was deeply interested in the philosophy of Gautam
Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. He believed in non-violent
struggle for political change and reform. He applied
Buddha's philosophy of Ahimsa Paramo Dharma (Non-violence
is the best virtue) in life. He also believed in nationalism,
multiparty democracy and a plural society.
Regmi's private section
The bed and other materials used by Dr. Regmi in his
life time are kept in his bedroom in the same position.
There are stone idols of gods and goddesses and Buddha
Stupa in the garden of the library, which enhance the
beauty and grandeur of the library.