New Delhi: Nepal Prime Minister Baburam
Bhattarai on Thursday went nostalgic as he recalled his wedding 30
years ago with a fellow comrade Hisila Yami in the national
"Both me and Hisila did not believe in rituals. We wanted
to have a court marriage," he told a reception in his honour
here addressing the audience and "my former student friends,
comrades and gurus".
Bhattarai, who studied at the Jawaharlal Nehru
University, recalled how he went to the Tis Hazari court for a
quick registered marriage only to be told by a lawyer that the
process would take at least a month.
But the same lawyer suggested that Bhattarai, who was
keen to join the struggle against monarchy in Nepal, should
opt for a wedding according to the Arya Samaj rites which
should not take more than a couple of days.
He said he then turned to Swami Agnivesh, who was an MLA
of the Janata Party and helped him get the marriage registered
the same day itself.
Agnivesh, who also spoke at the reception, recalled how
he quickly set up a `havan` ceremony.
"We lit a small fire. I told Bhattarai and Hisila that
fire was the important thing. The two had fire in them to
bring about a revolution in Nepal," he said.
"That was about 30 years ago. Our marriage has stood the
test of time," Bhattarai said.
He said he was overwhelmed for having started his visit
to India as prime minister with an informal gathering of
friends and comrades.
"I stayed in Delhi for 10 years. I fought with you. I
shouted slogans with you. I sang songs with you. All these
memories come as a flashback in my mind. Forgive me if I get
carried away, if I get emotional," Bhattarai said.