This revelation shocked the majority of Nepalese millennials who looked up to him for his unmatched efforts in transforming the country’s political, leadership, and business perspectives.
Who is Ujwal Thapa?
Ujjwal Thapa was a bright spot in Nepal’s otherwise bleak political landscape. He was the President of the Bibeksheel Party Nepal, where he demonstrated himself to be a model politician and leader. Sometimes by protesting in Maitighar Mandala in demand of effective health services for the people, and other times by raising voices against strikes and the government’s political incapacity.
Young Entrepreneurs’ Gurdain
He was more than a politician; he was a visionary entrepreneur whose projects such as Entrepreneurs For Nepal (E4N), IT Entrepreneurs for Nepal, and WordPress Nepal provided unique forums for Nepal’s youth to improve their networking and entrepreneurial skills.
With a Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College in the United States, he returned to Nepal to start his own IT company. In this regard, he co-founded Digital Max Solution, an IT solution company, in 2003.
In 2012, he also launched a Facebook group called “IT Entrepreneurs for Nepal.” The major goal was to mentor and help young people in the IT industry as they pursue careers in IT jobs and businesses. This organization now has over 26,000 members.
Furthermore, since its establishment in 2007, his organization Entrepreneurs for Nepal has served as an umbrella network for many aspiring entrepreneurs seeking help and leads for their enterprises and enterprises. With over 119,000 members, this organization was recognized by The Boss Magazine in 2009, with the slogan “Entrepreneurs for Nepal – Let’s Create Opportunities in Nepal.”
His initiative, WordPress for Nepal, has served as a home for many freelancers and a guiding hand for many young people looking to start their own business or find work in the IT industry.
Entrepreneurs for Nepal, IT Entrepreneurs for Nepal, and WordPress Nepal were the organizations in which he and his founding colleagues instilled the goal of transforming development dynamics through a combination of entrepreneurship and technology.
The County Lost a Visionary Leader
The news of his sudden death came as a shock to everyone. While he was fighting the Covid-19 in the Mediciti Hospital bed, people were praying for his quick recovery. Many young entrepreneurs, IT professionals, activists, and writers who knew him or had heard about him voiced their profound condolences in response to his death, demonstrating that his goal was not in vain.
“Ujwal is a rare man who — with no expert degrees, no mainstream political party backing, no electoral success to his name, and no previous high-paying employment qualifications — arrives perhaps once in a generation in a country like ours,” writes Asutosh Tiwari, a co-founding member of E4N and a personal friend. There are those in positions of authority and power. There are also persons with courage and clout, such as Ujwal. In this light, I perceive a great outpouring of heartfelt support, affection, love, and care for him.”
“Ujwal dai has been with me in every step of my journey; silently observing and supporting in every way possible,” writes Amun Thapa, founder of Sastodeal. I also saw him lead a group of a few dozens to tens of thousands of people. An entrepreneur himself, he gave up all and surrendered to the nation in order to rekindle hope.”
“We met a few times at E4N admin meetings to discuss how to push the group forward,” writes Basanta K. Dhakal, one of the group’s moderators. I’ve only met him around ten times in total. Despite the fact that he was a member of a political party, he never discussed politics with me. Instead, he would say, “Isn’t it about time you started your own business?” This is a question for which I still have no response. Because ours was a professional relationship, I didn’t get to know him very well. All I knew about him was that he was a humble and visionary individual.
His Efforts Should Not Go In Vain
More than 650 people gathered at the Clubhouse yesterday to pay tribute to Ujwal Thapa and share their own experiences with him. Nepalese mourned the loss of a political person for the first time in a long time. Many people expected him to take a prominent role in politics, but that expectation was not met. However, his altruistic efforts in inspiring young people to believe in their aspirations of improving the country via creativity, activism, business, and technology have earned him the title of people’s person. Mr Thapa, a humble man who has dedicated his entire youth to giving back what he has learned to society and the nation at large, has rekindled the trust of many young people in vision-driven politics and leadership. Ujwal Thapa will be regarded as a technocrat by degree, a politician by profession, and a leader by vision.