It is an obvious fact that there is always someone at the root of any initiative. In the context of RC Dillibazar, it would be appropriate to mention the name of Mr. Lachhe Bahadur K.C., Principal, Suryodaya J.S.School who deliberated with the intellectuals of different professional backgrounds in creating a common forum for fellowship activities. An hour’s talk with Dr. Parthibeshwor Timilsina, Dr. Pitamber Rawal, Mr. Bhoj Raj Pokharel, Mr. Devendra Pratap Shah, Dr. Tika Man Vaidya, Col. Rtn.Hem Bahadur Karki at Suryodaya School, Ghattekulo can be acknowledged to have provided conceptual basis for the formation of Rotary Club of Dillibazar, Kathmandu. The second meeting of November 7, 1998 provided more enthusiasm to enlarge the periphery of interested individuals.
Club Formation & Regular meeting
The meeting held at Pension Vasana, Dillibazar on November 14, 1998 attended and assisted by the active Rotarians Patan West formed the executive committee. Mr. Lok Bahadur Shrestha and Mr. Udaya Mohan Shrestha were selected as the President and Secretary of the Club with initial strength of 33 members. It was also decided to conduct meetings regularly every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Accordingly, the third weekly gathering held on Wednesday on November 11, 1998 commences the history of regular weekly meetings. The meetings that followed the formation of the Rotary Club of Dillibazar, Kathmandu, actively engaged in the election of office business, classification of members, and organization of lecture programs and undertook activities for fostering fellowship ties. IPP Rtn Yogendra Man Pradhan was appointed as the GSR representing RC Patan West, assisted and guided the newly formed organization into a full-fledged Rotary Club.
Charter Presentation : The Historical Event
RC Dillibazar was admitted into the worldwide Rotary family with its 33 members on 19 May, 1999. Its formal chapter presentation ceremony was held with great zeal on 27 June, 1999 at Amrit Bhog Complex.The ceremonial complex was shimmering with lights and delightful faces exchanging fellowship. The Governor of District 3290, Rtn Prabhat Krishna Rohatgi, decorated the new incumbents with lapel pins and certificates. The Chief Guest, Rtn Honorable Mohan Prasad Sharma- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal, graced the ceremony conducted by GSR Rtn Yogendra Man Pradhan.
Dillibazar: Locational Profile in Brief
Dillibazar, located at the heart of the capital, carries signification historical value with the existence of a pioneer administration complex, popularly know as ‘Char Khal Adda ‘. The very place is remembered with pride and glory as the birthplace of the great poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. The name ‘Dillibazar’ is believed to have been derived as the combination of two words ‘Dilli’ and ‘Bazaar’. It is said that during the early Rana regime there was a land owner with an outstanding personality named Dilli Man Singh Basnyat; Dilli is said to be taken up in his name. His residence area was at the place where the present Padma Kanya College (in Bagbazar) is located.
A Rana Prime Minister is said to have acquired his land and provided the area around the ‘Char Khal Adda’ as compensation. Later on, Dilli man Singh Basnyat planned to set up the market place – ‘Bazaar’ in order to establish the area in and around his neighborhood as the center of business and trade. As the market began to flourish, if became to be popularly known as ‘Dillibazar’. It is said that the then rulers became envious with the name, since it was derived from the name of a non-Rana family member. Consequently the Prime Minister forcibly wanted to rename it is as ‘Jungi Bazaar’ after the name of Jung Bahadur Rana. However, the people did not accepted 'Jungi Bazaar'.
The Rotary Club of Dillibazar, Kathmandu is located in Dillibazar of Kathmandu Metropolis. Its territory covers 2 Wards (ward No 32 and 33) out of the 35 wards of the Metropolis. Geographically, the area is having the basin of two rivers – Rudramati and Ichhumati. Its boundary is: Ichhumati in the West, the road leading from the Southern Gate of Royal Palace to ‘Kalopool’ Bridge over Rudramati in the North, the western bank of Rudramati in the East and in the South the road originating from the Anam Nagar Bridge over Rudramati to the crossing in front of National Archives, Babar Mahal. The territory stretches over an area of about 10 square kilometers.
Historical and Religious Places
The area is enriched by many historical monuments, such as Char Khal Adda (the old administrative building), Singha Durbar (the biggest palace of the country now housing the Central Secretariats), historical ponds like Nag Pokhari and Kamal Pokhari, Hatti Sar. Temples of Maitidevi, Kalikasthan, Naksal Bhagawati, Ananda Bhairav, Gyaneshwar Mahadev, Gyaneshwar ganesh, Rukh Kumari are some of the important holy places of the area. There are also several Buddhist vihars and chaityas.
People of different religions (mainly Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam) and ethnic groups (mostly Brahmins, Chhetris, Newars, Gurungs, Marwadis, etc) reside in this area. Many migrants, including the deprived section of the society are found residing in the area. With the process of rapid urbanization in the densely populated area, new houses are still coming up. This is compounding problems, such as shortage of drinking water, overcrowding of streets, drainage and sewerage constraints. Residents of the area manage the Cultural Association Nepal, which is one of the oldest social organizations. The Mahabir Sports Club established almost half a century ago by the sports loving youth of Dillibazar, is also in the locality.
Finance companies, a capital market, hotels, rice mills, saw mills, restaurants, tea stalls and cafeterias, provision stores and hardware shops are located in the area. Services oriented activities like engineering workshops, tailoring, consultancy, printing press, etc. are also operative. Employment is the predominating form of occupation of the people of the area.
Dillibazar is a popular locality with its own importance in the development history of Nepal. Both the lower and the upper houses of the Parliament are located within the zone. Prime Minister’s Office, major Ministries of the Government, National Radio and Television broadcasting institutions, the Supreme Court of Nepal, Nepal Bar Association, National Archives, the Supply Unit of Royal Nepal Army (Pipa Goswara), Ayurvedic Drug Production Unit and various administration units are located in the area.
The residents of this area have contributed substantially in the development of education of the country. The first girls’ school of Nepal, Padma Kanya Vidhyashram was established at Dillibazar and the Nepal’s first college to provide education to the girls was initiated in the same school. In the same school premise, one of the prestigious private schools of that time, Padmodaya High School was established 59 years back in 1940.
The academic life of the country was and is being influenced by the educationists belonging to this area. Eminent medical practitioners have contributed in the development of medical services in Nepal. Great litterateurs of Nepal, eminent personalities, academicians, bureaucrats, politicians, legal practioners. Multidimensional personalities and social workers have contributed in the overall development of Nepal in the past. The multi-disciplinary residents of this area are continuing to contribute towards the development of the country.