Dr. Ram Baran Yadav is the recent President of Nepal, who earlier served as Minister of Health and as General Secretary of the Nepali Congress Party. He was born on 4th February, 1948 in the small village of Sapahi, Dhanusha district in south-eastern Nepal. He was the fourth son of Thani and Ramrita Yadav. In 21st July 2008, he was selected as the first President of Nepal in a Second round of voting.
In the Constituent Assembly, out of the 590 votes cast Ram Baran Yadav received 308 votes. On 23rd July, 2008 Yadav was on oath in as President. At the presidential palace, Shital Niwas, Rastrapati Bhawan, at 3:45 pm, Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yadav. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala amid others was there. Yadav also administered oath to Vice-President Parmananda Jha.
In the Nepali Congress Party, President Dr. Yadav discharged various responsibilities. He was a member of the Central Working Committee, member of Parliamentary Board, and member of the Discipline Committee of the Party. Likewise, he became the Coordinator of the Nepali Congress for 'Mid Zone' area. Additional to the course of his political career, he became Joint General Secretary of the Nepali congress.
Thus, another history was made by Dr Yadav as he became the first person exterior the royal family to be the head of the state of the new republic contravention the century old custom which kept the coveted title to the eldest son of the Shah Dynasty, who detained a demi god status of a embodiment of Lord Bishnu, all of which finished with it ultimate demise through a historic public statement of the Constituent Assembly that affirmed the country a republic.
In the 1991-1994, Ram Baran Yadav was the Minister of State for Health in Nepali Congress government. He was selected to the House of Representatives in the 1999 election as a candidate of the Nepali Congress. He became Minister of Health, after that election. Yadav’s residence in Janakpur in May 2007 was attacked by militants of the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM). The JTMM put up an arrest notice at the house, raise their flags at it and detonated a bomb. In the April 2008, Constituent Assembly election, Yadav contested the Dhanusa-5 constituency. Obtaining 10392 votes he won the seat.
In 1983, Yadav’s wife died. Ram Baran Yadav has two sons, Dr. Chandra Mohan Yadav and Chandra Shekhar Yadav and a daughter Anita Yadav. Recently with his older son (Chandra Mohan Yadav) and a daughter (Anita Yadav), Ram Baran Yadav lives at Sheetal Niwas in Kathmandu, Nepal. Chandra Mohan Yadav has done MBBS from R G Kar Medical College, Calcutta of the University of Calcutta; he studied there from 1983 to 1988 and also completed his internship there. And then, he did his post graduation in Radiodiagnosis from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India and is at present a practicing radiologist in Kathmandu, Nepal. His younger son (Chandra Shekhar Yadav) lives with his family in the United States.
Dr Yadav born to a simple farmer family in Magh 22, 2004 B.S in Safai VDC of Dhanusha district in the Terai plains of Nepal, Dr Yadav was the fourth son of Dhan Yadav and Ram Rati Yadav. In Dhanusha district he completed his initial education and then for higher studies he came to Kathmandu. The young Ram Baran Yadav went to Kolkata, India as he was eager on studying medicine and got admission in Calcutta Medical College and from there he received his M.B.B.S degree and became a practicing doctor. Afterward in the year 2040 B.S, he obtained M.D degree from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh of India.
From the student life, Dr. Yadav starts his political career. While he was doing medical education in Calcutta, India, he came in contact with a number of noted Nepali politicians such as late Ganeshman Singh, late Subarna Shumshere Rana, late B. P. Koirala, late Saroj Koirala, and late Puspa Lal Shrestha who were in self-exile in India at that time. President Dr. Yadav started appealing himself in politics actively inspired by these leaders. During the referendum, he victor the cause for multi-party democracy held in 1980. He occupied himself in politics as an active cadre of the Nepali Congress Party, while practicing as a physician for several years. From 1980 to 1982, he worked as a personal physician to late B. P. Koirala, the first elected Prime Minister of Nepal.
Dr Yadav later became the private physician to late B.P Koirala as he is a famous and very much respected in the medical fraternity. Dr Yadav got actively involved in politics as through close organization and stimulation from this well-known leader of Nepal and this must be noted as a significant turning point in his life.
Although a doctor by profession, Dr. Yadav could never distance himself from active politics despite his busy timetable. This enthusiasm for politics was planted young as even in student politics during his university days Dr Yadav used to be very dynamic in politics.
When in 2017 B.S Late king Mahendra liquefy the first democratically elected government of Nepal led by B.P Koirala and detained absolute powers, Dr Yadav started getting energetically affianced in politics. Then, he swears to devote his life to politics and since then he has been at the front position of every struggle to refurbish democracy in the country.
Dr Yadav is appreciated as a fearless leader in the party circles who is eloquent and without any hesitation, he puts forth what is in his mind. He is also said to be one who puts national autonomy and honesty above all party or partisan wellbeing which was pretty apparent from the standpoint and in spite of being a Madhesi himself, he took beside the demand of “One Madhesh State” and right to self-determination raised by Terai based Madhesi parties.
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