Pokhara : As the entire country mourns the sudden and untimely demise of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, his home district Kaski remains in profound sorrow and very deeply hurt.
The residents of Kaski, which was experiencing a bad weather since this morning, became very concerned as news spread of the accident of a helicopter carrying their people representative and central Minister Adhikari. Soon after, they began praying, wishing that the news was not true. However, their prayers were not answered, as the news about the helicopter crash as well as the demise of Adhikari came true.
Born in Gauragaon of Bharatpokhari, Adhikari was a source of great expectation and trust of the people here. It was at the initiative of a development lover, Mr Adhikari that many development projects were being undertaken in Kaski. As a result of it and also of his very friendly and decent image, Adhikari was successful in making a hat-trick of wins in general elections from Kaski district. He was elected to the first and second Constituent Assembly in 2008 and 2013 and then to the Federal Parliament in 2017.
In the demise of Adhikari, the people of Kaski are feeling a loss of good guardianship. Master degree holder in management from Tribhuvan University, Adhikari rose to the central political leadership after a long struggle from the local level. He became chairperson of All Nepal National Free Students Union in 2000. He spent around six months in custody during the people’s movement in 1990.
Adhikari had done lots of works for creating educational environment, library, increasing educational quality while leading the ANNFSU in Prithvi Narayan Campus in Pokhara. He had led the agitation for expansion and quality of technical education, quality education for all, privatization and commercialization in education as well as border security campaign.
The youth leader had obtained the membership of the party in 1988 and was associated with the party’s Red Guard Organization. Elected in the Area Party Committee of his party in 1983, he rose to become Pokhara Town Committee member in 1989 and 1990. Thereafter he was active in the party’s district committee. He was elected District Secretary of then CPN-UML in 2003 and 2006 and elected as the central committee member through the ninth general convention held in 2014.
Elected to the post of member of House of Representatives in the election held in 2017 from Kaski constituency-2, Adhikari became Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in the present cabinet.
Earlier, he had taken the responsibility of Chairperson of Development Committee. Adhikari had visited different countries including USA, Japan, India, China, Thailand, Russia, Cambodia and Norway. He also played a remarkable role in tourism development of Pokhara, conservaton of Fewa, Begnas and Rupa lakes, as well as development of educational institutions like Pokhara University and Prithvi Narayan Campus.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Three of the five people, who died after a passenger bus heading towards Kathmandu from Kakarvitta of Jhapa met with an accident and fell into the Trishuli river this morning, have been identified. Of them four died on the spot while one died on the way to hospital, police said.