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Nepalese statesman Koirala dies: Your reaction

Girija Prasad Koirala

The former Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has died in Kathmandu, his aides and state TV say.

Mr Koirala, 86, served four terms as PM with the Nepali Congress Party and led protests that brought down King Gyanendra's authoritarian rule.

BBC News website readers have been sending us their reaction to the news of his death.


One man always marched with the people of Nepal, in their every movement for democracy and freedom. The legend demised today, his legacy will remain forever. Love him or hate him, apart from all controversies, we can never deny his contribution to democratic system in Nepal. May Koirala's soul rest in peace.
Pankaj Karna, Janakpur, Currently Oklahoma

Despite what the western media says, most Nepalis will be celebrating the death of a man who was most responsible for the current situation in Nepal. Having said that, his death has created a power vacuum in Nepal, seeing as that the Girija-controlled Nepali Congress Party has been a deterrent against Maoist hegemony.
Rajan, Kathmandu, Nepal

I met him four years ago, during the revolution, which was against the then king Ganendra. I found him to be a very, very straightforward leader.
Lok Hari pandey 'Ashok', TU Kirtipur, Nepal

Love him or hate him, you can not ignore him. Nepali politics has revolved around him for several decades. He was the most influential man in Nepali politics. With his demise, we can see a chapter of Nepali politics ending. It is sad to hear the news of his death. He'll always be remembered for his long contributions in Nepal as a Democratic Country. RIP Mr GP Koirala!
Shisher Shrestha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Whatever we say about him, the real thing is that Nepal has entered into the real transitional phase after the demise of Mr Girija Prasad Koirala. Though he did not hold any national position after the fall of monarchy in Nepal, he is the head of nation since then. Though people and political analysts point out many of his weaknesses, his overall contribution towards the establishment of the real democracy in Nepal cannot be ignored.
Guru Koirala, Syangja, Nepal

A champion of democracy and the only remaining political figure today who has always stood for democracy and has been the real cause of demise of Monarchy in Nepal. He had the ability to unite us and lead the us in the critical junctures of Nepalese history. In his death is a great loss to Nepal. May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Dhruba Dhakal, Hayes, UK

People have different views about GP Koirala, mostly negative, but he was one of the strongest leaders of Nepal. After his death, there may be a huge tussle within the Nepali Congress Party, and also among other parties, over power.
BR Giri, Amsterdam

Girija Prasad Koirala was the only politician in the history of democracy who served the nation in the many critical conditions and showed his diplomatic skill and power as well as gained the popularity in the seven decade political journey.
Pawan Raj Phuyal, Dolakha, Nepal

I happened to personally meet 'Girija babu' (as he is popularly know) some 11 years back when I was a 7-year-old child. He looked too old and fragile then. What struck me was how did a man already so fragile back then lead such a huge revolution in '06 and deal with the most important decade of his seven-decade long political career. I grew up hearing mixed opinion about him but one thing that I can assure of him is that he was the pinnacle of Nepali politics regardless of his impressions, a person whom I will remember as an impetus force.
Sarwagya Raj Pandey, Biratnagar, Nepal

I am a Nepalese student in the USA. I met him when I was 8-years-old. I had to welcome him with a flower bouquet when he came to my hometown back in Nepal. The way he smiled and took the bouquet from my hand is still vivid in my memory. When I went home, I jumped with joy and told my mother that GP Koirala accepted my flowers. King Birendra was the head of the state and the Nepal government wasn't very unstable then. Late Koirala put a lot of effort in bringing all the political parties and the Maoist together for peace process. Our country has lost one of the greatest politician. May his soul rest in peace.
Parul Shrestha, Birmingham , USA

As the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal (June 1990 to May 1995), I had the privilege of meeting formally and informally Mr G P Koirala many times. During my 5-year tenure in Nepal, I had developed very close official and very warm personal relationship with Mr Bhattarai as the interim Prime Minister, and then with Mr GP Koirala, Mr Man Mohan Adhikary (of CPN-UML party ),and Mr Sher Bahadur Deuba of Mr Korala's Nepali Congress.

Mr GP Koirala, who had graced our Bangladesh House in Kathmandu as our Guest of Honour on two occasions and my wife and I always cherish those memories. His wisdom, deep knowledge of the region's history and the current affairs, were always reflected in his formal and informal conversations. Mr Koirala was aware of Nepal's geo-political compulsions and walked a difficult path to preserve Nepal's sovereignty and distinct identity against heavy odds. Nepal has lost a brilliant son and a nationalist and a humanist at heart.

I pay my humble personal tribute to a noble soul that is Girija Prasad Koirala. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family members, in particular to his dear and distinguished daughter Sujata Koirala on this irreparable loss. She and Nepal know that GP would live on in their hearts and minds and in ours.
Syed Muhammad Hussain, Harrow, London

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