Gajendra Narayan Singh

July 13, 2006 at 3:49 pm 7 comments

Unlike other politicians in the region, G.N.Singh led a very simple and austere life and spent most of his time in the Ashram he created in 1991. In July 2001, he created the “Gajendra Narayan Public Welfare trust” and donated all his property and belongings to the trust. The trust was to look after the poor, helpless and the backward communities in the southern districts of Nepal.

G.N.Singh entered politics in 1947 and joined the Nepali National Congress, (presently the ruling Nepali Congress) but left the party in 1980s to form a cultural forum known as Nepal Sadbhavana Parishad, which was turned later into a political party, the Nepal Sadhbhavana Party (NSP).

G.N.Singh went into exile to Dharbanga when in 1960 King Mahendra seized control of the country after putting into prison the leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress in the brief period when Nepal experienced multi-party democracy between 1959 to 1960. Unable to visit his home, he literally lived a life in penury until he returned to Nepal in 1977.

Unlike many other Terain leaders who came into prominence by espousing the cause of Terains, only to ditch them later in pursuit of personal interests, G. N. Singh continued to champion the cause of Terains throughout his political career. He left the Nepali Congress only when he felt that B.P.Koirala and his party continued to discriminate against the Terains. He contiuned to wear the traditional Dhoti and Kurta in the parliament while the official dress was the “Daura Suruwal”. Despite opposition from the Pahadi parliamentarians, G.N.Singh was not ashamed to speak in Hindi in the Parliamentary debates.

This is not the place to discuss the various forms of discrimination being meted out to the Terains who are otherwise called Madhesis. Till the end G.N.Singh’ pet objective was to get full citizenship rights to a majority of Terains who were born and brought up in Terai. From the configuration of electoral districts, regions to recruitment in the army and Police,  the Terains were and continue to be discriminated against in every field. G.N. Singh despite being abused by the media, other political leaders and the bureaucracy continued to fight for the Terain cause.

Unfortunate though, G.N.Singh was widely “perceived” to be Indian both in outlook, character and leanings.  But this could be said of all the Terains who speak Hindi and who have relatives across the border.  Yet he was never liked by the Indian embassy for reasons best known to them but it could  be for his very “Indianness”.

G.N.Singh on his return from exile believed that the interests of the Terains would best be served by working within the Panchayat system and accordingly stood for elections in 1980 in Saptari district.  But the royalty and its stooges decided otherwise.  When the counting was going in favour of G.N.Singh, the workers in the counting hall chased away G.N.Singh’s supporters and the results were declared in favour of another least known candidate. Undaunted he continued to stand for elections and won in all but one.

One cannot but recall the sufferings undergone by G.N.Singh in his political career.  He was not a man of violence and he joined politics only being inspired by the Gandhian movement. Yet soon after the bomb blasts by the Janawadi Morcha of Ram Rajya Prasad Singh near the Palace in the eighties, poor G.N.Singh who had nothing to do with the morcha was arrested and kept in chains for many months.  Nepal has produced only two genuine leaders of Terai G.N.Singh and Ram Rajya Prasad Singh.  Though both come from the same village they were at the opposite ends of the pole in their ideology and in their quest to change the political system.  G.N.Singh is dead and Ram Rajya Prasad Singh is said to be extremely sick in Patna.  The Terain cause will certainly suffer.

In spite of unendurable incarceration G.N. Singh held no grudge against Late King Birendra or the monarchy itself.  It was his view that the monarchy was the unifying factor and it was only the King who could help the Terain cause.  Here he was mistaken.

There is no doubt that there is none who has the charisma, courage and the capacity to continue the Terain cause like G.N.Singh.  In the initial stages G.N.Singh had many youngsters who flocked round him and worked genuinely for the cause.  They were never given due encouragement and G.N.Singh like a banyan tree held everyone together but never allowed any leader to come up to take his place.

Gajendra Narayan Singh, President of the Nepal Sadhbahavana Party passed away on January 23, 2002.

His body was taken to Saptari Sewa Ashram at Koiladi in Saptari District in Nepal and cremated with full state honours on 25th January.


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  • 1. hem shankar singh  |  September 29, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    first of all i wants to give lot of thank.because onse day i wrote leeter to put madheshi personaliti like as gn singh,raghunath thakur, ram janam tiwari
    i got brief bibliography about late mr g n singh
    of course he is a big personality of madhesh.he gave his valuable life for madhesh.but unfortunatly people of madhesh never give support him fully. but now a these days whole of the madhesh belive that madheshi has discriminited.nither ither moist or other political partis madheshi give a loud of voice.
    of course that is win of mr singh
    but although this article give coverege about gajendra narayan singh welfare trust and saptari sewa ashram
    but reality is that his devotee is not fare to him
    because that trust was leagly cancled .because trusti didn’t renue trust.after his death his party or his divite nothing do for him.
    his wife ms annandi devi who is also a chairman of nepal sadvawana party annandi devi prooved verry cruel for him
    his whole of the memorable item is sifted kasorbihar the mother land of ms one memorable item without some picture is there.
    saptari sewa asram is also only for name.i don’t know asram which is holly palace for madhesh what is its future.
    mr singh samadhi is also wating for maintanince .
    now it is enough if ur intrested to put story then repply me i send u story about mr singh and about his devoty .how they r cruel for mr singh
    it’s a reality that mr singh is idle person for me

  • 2. Ramesh Sah  |  January 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I salute him. He is the only person who fought for the cause of madhesi. It is unfortunate that no madhesi is serious about madhesi cause. All are fighting for power in the name of madhes and madhesi.

  • 3. Suprashm  |  February 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    मधेसी राजनेता स्वर्गीय श्री गजेन्द्र नारायण सिंह
    नाम : गजेन्द्र नारायण सिंह
    उप नाम : गजेन्द्र बाबु / गज्जू बाबु / मधेस का मसीहा / तराई के गाँधी / नेपाल के मडेला
    जन्म : बिक्रम सम्बत १९८५ चैत्र रामनवमी तदअनुसार १९२९ ई.स.
    जन्म स्थान :कोइलाडी गाविस. ३ , सप्तरी
    पिता : कैलू सिंह
    माता : राधादेवी सिंह
    पत्नी: आनन्दीदेवी सिंह
    विवाह : वि.स.२००२
    निधन : वि.स.२०५८ माघ १० गते बुधवार , तदअनुसार २३ जनवरी २००२ को ७३ बर्ष के उम्र में दिन के २:३५ बजे (काठमांडू नर्विक अस्पताल में )
    जेल यात्रा : वि.स.२००६ साल जेष्ठ १९ गते पहली बार १८ बर्ष की उम्र में तथा उसके बाद बारम्बार कर के ७ साल की जेल जीवन
    निर्वासन : वि.स.२०१८ चैत्र से वि.स.२०३५ तक भारत में निर्वासन
    राजनितिक :
    वि.स.२००३: नेपाली रास्ट्रीय कांग्रेस में प्रवेश
    वि.स.२००७ : सप्तरी में गठित क्रन्तिकारी सरकार में सदस्य निर्वाचित
    वि.स.२००७: नेपाली कांग्रेस के सप्तरी जिल्ला कमिटी उपाध्यक्ष निर्वाचित और अध्यक्ष
    वि.स.२०३६ :पुर्वान्चल कांग्रेस की गठन और संयोजक पद ग्रहण , जनमत संग्रह
    वि.स.२०३६ : बहुदल के लिए देशव्यापी अभियान
    वि.स.२०४० : नेपाल सदभावना परिषद की गठन और संयोजक पद ग्रहण
    वि.स.२०४३ : सप्तरी जिल्ला से रास्ट्रीय पंचायत सदस्य निर्वाचित
    वि.स.२०४७ बैशाख २,३ : नेपाल सदभावना परिषद का नेपाल सदभावना पार्टी में रूपान्तरण और रास्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष पद ग्रहण
    वि.स. २०४८ : प्रतिनिधि सभा सदस्य निर्वाचित
    वि.स.२०५१ : प्रतिनिधि सभा सदस्य निर्वाचित
    वि.स.२०५४ : संस्थापक अध्यक्ष – उपेक्षित, उत्पीडित तथा दलित वर्ग उत्थान विकाश समिति
    वि.स.२०५४ : अध्यक्ष आदिवासी – जनजाति विकास समिति
    वि.स.२०५६ राष्ट्रीय सभा मा सदस्य निर्वाचित
    वि.स.२०५७ : मेची -महाकाली मधेसी एकता रथ यात्रा
    २००६ जेठ १९ : सत्याग्रह में जेल १८ बर्ष के उम्र में गिरफ्तारी , यातना और तीन महिना कैद
    वि.स. २००७ क्रान्ति की पूर्वसंध्या में गिरफ्तार ४ महिना के बाद जेल तोड़कर बाहर सशस्त्र क्रान्ति
    वि.स. २००७ में अपने नेतृत्व में भगवानपुर एवं हनुमाननगर कब्जा
    वि.स.२०१७ साल पौष १ संसद भंग होने के बाद गिरफ्तार ३ महिना जेल
    भ्रमण :
    भारत , बांग्लादेश , चीन , उत्तर कोरिया , ब्रिटेन , त्रिनिदाद , मैरिसस इत्यादि …….
    सम्मान :
    २०५८ माघ १० गते , नेपाल सदभावना पार्टी , केन्द्रीय कार्यालय , शान्ति नगर , काठमांडू में पार्थिव शारीर श्रधान्जली
    २०५८ माघ ११ गते के दिन टुंडीखेल स्थित रंगशाला में पार्थिव शारीर को श्रधान्जली
    हेलिकप्टर से गृहनगर जन्मस्थल सप्तरी अवतरण लाखों जनता द्वारा दर्शन सप्तरी सेवा आश्रम में अन्त्येष्ठित नेपाल प्रहरी द्वारा राजकीय सम्मान

  • 4. prabhat ray bhatt  |  March 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    SARA MADHESH KARTA HAI GAJU BABU TUJHE SALAM,TUJHSE HI MILA MADHESHI JANTA KO EK NAYA ABAM. aj gaju babu humare bich nahi hai par unki bani aj bhi humare sath hai, kadam kadam pe hume margdarshan karate hai,unhone hume swatantra zindagi jine ki kala sikhalaye,madhesh ko ajadi dilane ki kasme uthaye,akela woh saks the jo sanshad bhawan me madhesi poshak dhoti aur kurta pahanke jate the,pahadi samudai ke log gidh ke najar se unhe dekhta tha, par woh kavi bhi kadam pichhe nai hataye , ek bir yodha ki bhati age aur sirf age badhte gaye.unka akela ajadi ki yatra tha aur woh akele hi sare pahadi samudai se ladte rahe, par hum madheshi janta jo unke sath nainshafi kiye hai woh aj hume gyat ho raha hai,jinho ne apne zindagi ko bhulake humare liye jite rahe, humne unkahi daman chhod diya,naganya rupse unhe madhesi janta ki sath mili. aj jab woh humare bich nahi hai to unki kami mahsush ho rahi hai.aj madheshi janata me jo urja hai yahi urja hum pahale dikhaye hote aur gaju babu ko sath diye hote to 18 sal pahale hi hume ajadi mil gayi hoti.khair ab bhi hum sare madhesi janta milke unke sapne sakar karen kyu ki woh humare adarsh hai.

  • 5. vibek yadav  |  May 21, 2010 at 8:03 am

    u know ,there are two kinds of men in this world. one, who fulfills his duty, lives for his family and compromises when most needed ; and then the other, not much too different, but he lives for his people and country, sacrifices for the need of his universally extended family. but then theres one very different quality, he never surrenders and compromising is far too away from his mind. the latter is A FIGHTER from HEART and SOUL. may be i was wrong in the similarity part but thats how i see it. GAJENDRA BABU never left the battle field. even now he is fighting . his body might have gone away but the soul remains here, burning inside our body.
    i am very thankful to the creator of this web page and may god bless him/her. AND MAY THE BRAVE MAN’S SOUL REST IN PEACE. JAI MATRABHUMI.

  • 6. Shantanu Singh  |  May 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    jay Madhesh

  • 7. mannu singh  |  January 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I love my dadu

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