Dr Lakshmi Prasad Parajuli, founder president of the Asam Nepali Sahitya Sabha, former editor of Desh Barta, a Nepali weekly, author and a retired teacher of Singri HS School left for his heavenly abode on December 23 due to a heart ailment.
Dr Parajuli was born on January 1, 1946 at Singri. He had his early education at Singri and after passing the matriculation examination, he obtained the graduation degree and left for Kathmandu where he did postgraduation in Nepali literature and later obtained doctorate degree from Tribhuban University. Thereafter, he joined Singri HS School and served the school under different capacities and retired from the same institution.
In 1990, he was appointed as the first president of the Nepali Sahitya Sabha. He continued as president for three consecutive terms. A noted author of Nepali and Assamese literature, he wrote several books, including Mati Aru Manuhor Kabita, Drishtipath, Gorbhogeeta, Uttar Purba Nepali Somaj and Sahitya. A collection of his works and writings have also been incorporated in the HS and PG courses of Nepali literature.
He made a remarkable contribution to Assamese literature. He organised a literary meet jointly with the Asam Sahitya Sabha and Nepali Sahitya Sabha in Karbi Anglong. Dr Parajuli attended most of the conferences of Asam Sahitya Sabha with his literary team. In Kathmandu, many of his articles written in Assamese were translated into Nepali and published in the shape of a book. He was honoured by many literary organisations at Kathmandu, Sikkim and Darjeeling. He also started translating the life and teachings of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva into Nepali, but, as ill luck would have it, his desire remained unfulfilled due to his death.
During his lifetime he got several offers to serve in higher education, but he turned them down as he did not intend to leave his school. He was very popular among the students and colleagues and led a simple life following the ideals of Gita. A man of discipline and punctuality, he was an inspiration to the students. He was equally concerned with the welfare of the institution. He constantly encouraged youths to become self-reliant and inculcate the reading habit. He wanted to encourage students to regularly visit the library as he believed that ‘Library is the storehouse of knowledge.’
His death cast a spell of gloom in and around Singri and a large number of his well-wishers rushed to his house to pay their homage.
He was 74 and is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. His death was condoled by the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asam Gorkha Sanmilan, Asam Nepali Sahitya Sabha, Sonitpur Sahitya Sabha, Dhekiajuli Mahkuma Nagarik Mancha, Singri Sahitya Sabha, etc.
On the occasion of his adyashraddha, I pray for eternal peace of his soul.