Biographical sketch of late Dr. Dilliraman Regmi

Late Dr. 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.

An 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 (2046 B.S.).

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.

Dr. 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.

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