B.L SHARMA: An Era Ends

Playing a very important role in the revolution of 1950, B.L Sharma, who died at the age of 96, left a good record of a crucial time in Nepal’s history

Jan. 17, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 08 No.- 14 January 16 - 2015 (Magh 2, 2071)

Although he had the full of knowledge of several political developments of Nepal, as he was always part and parcel of political changes, B.L. Sharma, who had long innings in catering and sweets businesses, never boasted about his roles and connections.

For his political role, Sharma was nominated by King Tribhuwan in the Advisory Council of 2008. He had a role in the fall of the government led by Matrika Prasad Koirala in 2009. Due to his intimate relations, King Tribhuwan even shared his car with him.

Although he traditionally came from a family that made sweets, he entered in the aviation business of Nepal as well. He is now known as the icon of Nepal’s modern catering system.  Sharma had seen all the major political changes from up close. 

Whether they be the monarchs of erstwhile Royall Palace or the president of the current Republic of Nepal, B.L. Sharma remained a reliable person to feed their guests. Sharma even served food at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar. That way, Sharma maintained good relations with all the key political leaders.

Although only a few have read his book Rashtrapita Tribhuwan Ra Ma (Father of the Nation Tribhuwan and I), the book, a compilation of the political developments of Nepal during the period of 1950’s political change, is full of insights. Sharma, a sweet shop owner of Indrachowk, helped King Tribhuwan escape from Rana’s custody, paving the way for the revolution of 1951 and ushering a new era in Nepal.

The book features players and events of political development of that time.

Although there are still some people alive who saw all the political developments of the last 80 years, Sharma was the last person to closely watch all these events of Nepal.

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