Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh was born on August 7, 1943, in Bajang District, in today’s Sudurbaheem Province of Nepal. His name is well known in Nepal.
Today is the 114th birth anniversary of his birth. During his exile in the South Indian city of Banglore, he breathed his last some 81 years ago, on Jan. 1, 1997. He was only 63 years old at the time.
In Nepal, Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh is credited for his educational, linguistic, social, cultural and corporate reforms and development. He was even one of the first journalists for the country’s first newspaper, Gorakhapatra. As a descendant of Bajanga Raja, the Bajhang kings, Jaya Prithvi did not exhibit the authoritarian characteristics of other monarchs of his time.
Today, a municipality and a road are named after him. There are also many names associated with his name throughout Nepal to commemorate his great achievements in the 20th century.
However, not much is said about his global personality, as his identity is mainly focused on the borders of Nepal. Here are five things to know about the global brand that Jaya Prithvi built for himself during his lifetime
Invited to the World Faith Conference organized by the President of the United States
Even in these days, when it comes to the philosophy of the Indian subcontinent, philosophers from India always dominate. This is Jaya Prithvi, the famous philosopher and thinker of the twentieth century, who gained world fame. An example of this appeal of Jaya Prithvi was his presence at the World Faith Fellowship, which opened on August 27, 1933. The event was organized by Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States.
Jaya Prithvi made headlines in the United States. According to Dan Bahadur Lama’s research manual, The Humanities of Life and Death, which detailed Jaya Prithvi’s “biographical report,” his arrival was reported in American newspapers such as The New York Times and The Evening Post. on July 28, 1933, The New York Times wrote: “Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh will open the World Fellowship of Faith on August 27 with an interested conference address.”
Also on August 2, 1933, the Evening Standard wrote: “Prithvi Bahadur Singh is not a religious man, but he has his own philosophy, calling it ‘humanism’.”
Similarly, on September 24, 1933, another headline about Jaya Prithvi appeared in the New York Times. It was about a luncheon held in his honor, entitled “Indian Prince Comes Here for Breakfast: A Triple Movement in Honor of Raja Jai Prithvi Singh and Dr. Shankar.” The need for worldwide economic, political, social and religious cooperation was the main theme of the presentation made yesterday at the City Hall Club luncheon for Raja Jai Prithvi Singh, India’s representative to the World Faith Fellowship in Chicago, and Dr. Shankar,” the news said.
Among Tagore’s masterpieces, only Nepali is represented.
In 1913, India’s Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first Asian to win this prestigious prize. in 1931, on the occasion of Tagore’s 70th birthday, a book entitled Tagore’s Golden Book: A Tribute to Tagore’s Seventh Birthday in India and the World was published. This history book was edited by Ramananda Chatterjee and included messages from world figures. In Nepal, only Jaya Prithvi was forced to deliver a message to Tagore.
On page 121, Jaya Prithvi writes a short and heartwarming letter to Tagore in which he writes: “Please accept my heartfelt congratulations to the Humanist Club and heartfelt congratulations on your seventieth birthday. I wish you a long life and see humanity appreciate and realize your cherished ideal of the world as one big happy family”.
First Nepalese philosopher invited to lecture around the world
If we look for Nepali philosophers who have been invited to lecture in Europe, we will not find them even in the 21st century. Interestingly, it was Jaya Prithvi who was invited to give a series of lectures in Europe in 1929. From March 25 to September 4 of that year, he toured Europe. He lectured in European capitals and major cities, including Geneva, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Warsaw, Paris, London and others.
Unfortunately, Jaya Prithvi was barred from entering the Soviet capital of Moscow for fear that his ideas might interfere with the communist ideology of one of the superpowers. However, Jaya Prithvi wrote a message of peace on behalf of the Russian people, and on June 3, 1929, he delivered it to the Soviet Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
In addition to Europe, Jaya Prithvi traveled to other parts of the world, including spreading his message of peace and humanist philosophy.
Anti-war activists around the world
News from BS on May 30, 1992, shows his trip to Africa. The Gorkha Sevak newspaper in Meghalaya, India, wrote, “According to mail messages received, Jai Prithvi Bahadur Singh of Nepal is now in Abyssinia. There is no one in the black country of Abyssinia except him. He had been to Japan before and came there when war broke out between Italy and Abyssinia. He was very sympathetic to the blacks. He also invited two doctors and four nurses from Japan. He was determined to do all he could to help the Abyssinians who were suffering from the war.
The word Abyssinian is an old name for the Ethiopian Empire in Africa. According to Dan Bahadur Lama’s research manual, “The Humanities of Life and Death,” Jaya Prithvi was arrested there and detained for the duration of the war. However, he was released after the British mediated his release. Jaya Prithvi always opposed the war and supported the war victims with his strength whenever and wherever he could.
Nepal’s second Jodharma Buddha title
According to the book “Shantika Upaya” written by the Institute of Humanist Studies and Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh (RAFHAJ), when Jaya Prithvi died on July 1, 1997 A.D., he was known as the “Second Chaudharma Buddha” of Nepal. Some Indian newspapers, including The Hindu, called him the “second Chaudharma Buddha” in their editorial articles because of his activities within the Humanitarian Club, his journalism in humanitarian magazines, etc., his philosophy of peace in three volumes of Humanism, and his philanthropy while traveling to war zones, etc.