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 An eminent literary figure, a writer, a scribe, philosopher, thinker, historian as well as editor of two reputed newsprints Dr. Kumar Pradhan (76) leaves behind his gracious work for heavenly abode on 20 December in Hospital at New Delhi.


Few days back Dr. Pradhan suspected a small bulge in his abdomen, he went to New Delhi for the treatment after which he expired making a never filling void in Nepali Literary World.
With loss of such an eminent figure stalwarts in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim , Kurseong, North Bengal, Dheradun , Assam , literary organizations, social organization, North Bengal University, Sikkim University has expressed a dismay. Loss of Dr. Kumar Pradhan has made a tremor in Nepal also for his valuable contribution he made in the field of literature by his relentless work, said Nepalese Parliamentarian Shri Robin Koirala to media.

Born on 07 May, 1937 in beautiful hill of Darjeeling at Kurseong Dr. Pradhan started his schooling at Ramkrishna Vidyalaya, St Alphonsus Missionary School Darjeeling, Govt College Darjeeling and completed his Masters in History from Calcutta Univeristy in Kolkata.

After completion of higher education he started his first benchmark from a job of Teacher in St Roberts at Darjeeling, he also served Govt College Darjeeling as head of the department in History Department as well as served Kurseong College as Principal.

After the retirement in 1993 he started his work in media lineage as the founder cum editor of the most popular Nepali newsprint ‘Sunchari’, having closed production of ‘Sunchari’ in the year 2007 , Dr. Pradhan started with popular Nepali Daily published from Siliguri ‘Himalaya Darpan’ as the Editor. On 2013 September he thought to cut off himself from the busy schedules and take a rest, he then left ‘Himalaya Darpan’.

Immense power house of literature Dr. Pradhan’s most acclaimed write-ups are Gorkha Conquest, History of Indian Nepali Literature, Adit Kehi, Pahilo Prahar, Warta like promising assets he accorded to rich Nepali literature in his journey of life and struggle for literature.

Dr. Pradhan was accorded Bhanu Puraskar in the year 1973, He was also conferred Sahitya Sammelan Puraskar by Darjeeling Nepali Sahitya Parishand as well as Sikkim Nepali Sahitya Parishad,he was conferred with Agam Smriti Puraskar, Press Club of Sikkim PCS accorded Dr. Pradhan with Kanchenjunga Kalam Puraskar in 2006, Sikkim Government also felicitated Dr. Pradhan in 2004 for his tremendous work towards literature.

In his everlasting journey and struggle for the literature, Dr. Kumar Pradhan was among the top stalwart who fought for inclusion of Nepali Language in the constitution (recognition), then it was ‘Nepali Bhasha Manyata Andolan’ which was spear headed by then Sikkim’s Member of Parliament Lok Sabha Smt Dil Kumari Bhandari in 90′s.

Dr. Kumar Pradhan’s body will be flown to Bagdogra on Saturday 21 December said son Shri Gahendra Pradhan, funeral will take place on 22 Dec Sunday.

Source - Sashi Thapa - voiceofsikkim

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