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Baburam Bhattarai
बाबुराम भट्टराई
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36th Prime Minister of Nepal
In office
29 August 2011 – 14 March 2013
President Ram Baran Yadav
Deputy Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar
Preceded by Jhala Nath Khanal
Succeeded by Khil Raj Regmi
Minister of Finance
In office
18 August 2008 – 25 May 2009
President Ram Baran Yadav
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Chairman of Socialist Party of Nepal
Assumed office
28 July 2022
Preceded by Position established
Member of Parliament, Pratinidhi Sabha
Assumed office
4 March 2018
Preceded by Hari Raj Adhikari
Constituency Gorkha 2
Member of Constituent Assembly
In office
28 May 2008 – 28 May 2012
Preceded by Parbati Thapa Shrestha
Succeeded by Hari Raj Adhikari
Constituency Gorkha 2
In office
21 January 2014 – 26 September 2015
Preceded by Kamala Panta
Succeeded by Hit Raj Pandey
Constituency Gorkha 1
Personal details
Born (1954-06-18) 18 June 1954 (age 69)
Khoplang, Gorkha, Nepal
Political party Socialist Party of Nepal
Other political
CPN (Fourth Convention)
Samyukta Janamorcha
UCPN (Maoist) (before 2015)
Naya Shakti (2016-2019)
Hisila Yami (m. 1980)
Children 1
  • Bhoj Prasad Bhattarai (father)
  • Dharma Kumari Bhattarai (mother)
Education Tribhuvan University
Panjab University (B.Arch.)
SPA New Delhi (M.Tech.)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (PhD)

Baburam Bhattarai (Nepali: बाबुराम भट्टराई, pronounced Script error: No such module "IPA".; born 18 June 1954), also known by his nom de guerre Laaldhwoj, is a Nepalese politician and former Prime Minister, who presently serves as leader of the Nepal Socialist Party.

Bhattarai was a long-time leading member and deputy chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) prior to founding a new party, Naya Shakti Party, Nepal. He subsequently embraced democratic socialism.

Personal life

Bhattarai was born in Gorkha Belbas in Khoplang VDC. He was born in a low-middle class peasant family. He has three siblings: one elder sister, one younger sister and one younger brother. He belongs to Brahmin group.

He completed his secondary school education from Amar Jyoti High School in Luintel, Gorkha. He was a classmate of Upendra Devkota. He went to high school at Amrit Science College. After that under the Colombo plan scholarship, he studied Bachelor of Architecture in 1977 from Chandigarh. "He had been an outstanding student," says Lieut-Col Bakshi (retd), Principal of the college. It was during this time he became the founding President of All India Nepalese Student's Association. This organization ended up becoming his first step towards building his academic interests outside the field of architecture.

Bhattarai went to the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture for an M.Tech. degree. He is married to Hisila Yami, a fellow Maoist leader. They have a daughter, Manushi.

He completed his PhD degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1986. His thesis was published in 2003 as "The Nature of Underdevelopment and Regional Structure of Nepal - A Marxist Analysis".

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