Rup Chandra Bista known as Ru Da Ne (Rup Daman Nepal) was change maker, philosopher and politician who had extraordinarily complex character. This largely forgotten man who started ‘Thaha’ movement is still a very mysterious personality to many even after 17 years of his death. We tried to find some basic facts about his personal life and his ‘Thaha’ movement.
1 Rup Chandra Bista was born in BS 1990 Poush 26 (1933 AD) in Makawanpur district, central Nepal. His birth name was Kedar Bahdadur, his parents were Mr Padam Bahadru and Mrs Chitra Kumari.
2 Despite being born in a very well off family he abandoned family and home at the age of 10, came to Kathmandu worked as servant and started supporting himself.
3 At the age of 19 he took membership of communist party. He was jailed for speaking against government. After getting released from jail he quit communist party because of trust issue. He started working for social service and for community and networking with public. He filed for independent candidacy in 2015 general election but lost.
4 Suddenly he decided to have different experience in life so he chose a unique job. He was driver’s assistant (Khalasi), then he learnt how to drive truck. He spent 7 months in highways riding truck.
5 At the age of 26 he passed SLC from Sitaram High school, then joined Tri Chandra College for further education where he completed Bachelor’s degree. Then in 2019 BS he was elected in Kalimati Gau Panchayt but police were after him for speaking against government hence he went underground for 3 years. Again in 2022 He was elected from Daman Palung. This time police could not arrest him due to huge support from local public.
6 As Pradhan Pancha he did some progressive works for his community. He made it compulsory for every household to send one person for one day in a month for community work. The person should be anyone between 16-60 years of age. He helped build schools and health centres. He started a campaign ‘Janashakti Janahit ma jaree’.
7 He was married to Uma Shah with whom he had 2 children. He married in a very non traditional way in the month of Push (when people rarely get married). There was no bhoj bhater during wedding ceremony; it was a plain simple gathering without any feast. They separated after few years and later divorced.
9 He was not the most polite person you. He addressed everyone by calling ‘Ta’ or very rarely ‘Timi’. There were probably handful people whom he referred as ‘Tapai.’ He blamed Nepali citizens by saying ‘Bhate Nepalilai bhat khana paye kehi chaidaina’. Meaning, we Nepalis are not aware of many things, what we care is only food to survive. He always emphasised we should know more ‘THAHA’ paunu parchha. His favourite line was ‘THAHA Pai rakh Bhate’
10 He was very tall, muscular and a strong man. People say he was very good looking but he never cared what he wore.
11 In 2028, he was visiting his relatives in Narayangarh, after normal talks, he suddenly went to Devghat and jumped naked into Narayani river. There was no news from him and everyone thought he was dead. He appeared again with long beard after a year. Then he went back to Palung Makawanpur and started working for school and community. People called him mad ‘Pagal’ ‘Bahulayeko Manchche’ etc.
12 He left everything again and started ‘Bakhra Palan’ at Sim Bhanjyang Makawanpur. Then he started herbal experiments with all the plants he brought from forest. Later he opened a hotel and restaurant at Daman.
13 He started ‘THAHA’ movement
14 Government of Nepal issued a ‘postal stamp’ in his name in 2013 AD where he was referred as a politician.
15 New municipality ‘Thaha Nagarpalika’ is dedicated to his contribution in his place in Makwanpur where they also have his statue, including FM radio station in his name.
16 After democracy in 2046, he did not join any political party but did not give up his political aspiration. He ran as independent candidate in 2048 election from Makawanpur. Similarly in 2051 election he filed his candidacy from Kathmandu 1 and Makawanpur 2 but he lost both of them.
17 He was a very good poet too who mainly wrote on social awareness.
Char mana mato sanga tero nata paryo bhanera
Matako bhadole ta sita dosti garyo bhanera
Basis kaid gamalama sara prithiivi chhodera
18 A movie is being under production on his life. The biopic ‘Rudane – Bidrohako Nepali Nam’ is made by Jagrit Rayamajhi, Bikas Dhakal and Amit Kishor Subedi. The lead role of ‘Rup Chandra Bista’ will be played by Divya Dev.
Rup Chandra Bista died in 2056 (1999).