The human rights activist Padma Ratna Tuladhar passed away in Kathmandu on November 4 at the age of 78.
He was suffering from a brain haemorrhage, had been receiving treatment at Norvic International Hospital since October 26.Even while facing difficulties of movement during his old age, Tuladhar led a movement to ensure the provision of identity and inclusiveness in the new constitution. As a leader of Indigenous Nationalities National Movement, he warned top leaders to ensure that the constitution was inclusive.
Tuladhar strongly advocated for the creation of identity-based provinces in the country while restructuring of the state. He regularly made strong statements pushing for an identity for indigenous minorities and other sections of the society, arguing they have always been suppressed by the rulers.
He is also remembered as the person who played a vital role in bringing the armed conflict to a logical end.In 1994, Tuladhar served the country as the minister for labour and health during the minority government led by CPN-UML. He was the founder member of National Human Rights Organisation and Human Rights Forum. As a leader of civil society, he also played a significant role in the popular political movements of 1979, 1990 or 20