Hisila Yami


Hisila Yami
हिसिला यमी
Hisila Yami in New Delhi.jpg
Hisila Yami at the premiere screening of "Daughter of Nepal", a film about her daughter Manushi Bhattarai. At India Habitat Center in New Delhi.
Born (1959-06-25) June 25, 1959 (age 62)
Other namesParvati (nom de guerre)
EducationM. Arch.
Alma materUniversity of Newcastle upon Tyne
OccupationPolitician, architect
EmployerPulchowk Campus (Lecturer, 1983 - 1996)
Notable work
Hisila: from Revolutionary to First Lady (memoir)
Political partyJanata Samajbadi Party, Nepal
Other political
Spouse(s)Baburam Bhattarai
  • Dharma Ratna Yami (father)
  • Heera Devi Kansakar (mother)

Hisila Yami (Nepali: हिसिला यमी), also known by her nom de guerre Parvati, is a Nepalese politician and architect. She is a Central Committee member of Naya Shakti Nepal and a former president of the All Nepal Women's Association (Revolutionary).

Early life and education

Her father Dharma Ratna Yami was a Nepalese social activist, author and government deputy minister.

Yami graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, India, in 1982. She completed her M. Arch. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 1995.


During the 1990 uprising against the panchayat regime, Yami was one of the most high-profile women leaders in the protests. She was also the General Secretary of All India Nepalese Students' Association, 1981–1982. She was a lecturer at Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus from 1983 to 1996. In 1995 she became the President of the All Nepal Women's Association (Revolutionary) and served a two-year term. She went underground in 1996 after the inception of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led People's War. Since 2001, she has been a Central Committee Member of CPN (Maoist) and has worked in departments such as the International Department of the organization.

Political career

She made her first public appearance on 18 June 2003, during the then ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the Maoists.[1]

In early 2005 she was, along with Bhattarai and Dina Nath Sharma, demoted by the party leadership. In July she was reinstated into the Central Committee.

On 1 April 2007 Hisila Yami joined the interim government of Nepal as Minister of Physical Planning and Works.[1] Following a Maoist boycott of the government from September to December 2007, Yami was again sworn in as Minister of Physical Planning on 31 December 2007.[2] Following her victory in the Constituent Assembly elections, 2008, from Kathmandu constituency no. 7, she became a member of the Constituent Assembly. She joined the CPN (Maoist) led government in September as Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation.

In 2015, Yami and Bhattarai split from CPN (Maoist). In 2016, they founded Naya Shakti Party.[3] On May 9, 2019, Naya Shakti, united with Federal Socialist Forum to found Samajbadi Party.[4] Later, Samajbadi Party united with Rastriya Janata Party to form Janata Samajbadi Party.[5] As for 2020, Yami is part of Janata Samajbadi Party.[6]

Personal life

Yami is married to fellow Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai. They have a daughter.

Hisila Yami being interviewed by AP


  • Adha Akash Adha Dharti, ed. by Hisila Yami, Sita Sharma, Durga Neupane, Prerana Mahila Parivar, 1991
  • Adhikar: Demystification of Law for Nepali Women, Hisila Yami, Sandhya Basnet Bhatta, Tulsi Bhatta, Prerana Mahila Parivar, 1993
  • Yami, Hisila and Bhattarai, Baburam, Marxbad ra mahila mukti. Kathmandu: Utprerak Prakashan, 2000.
  • Hisila Yami (comrade Parvati) People's War and Women's Liberation in Nepal – Purvaiya Prakashan, Raipur, Chhattishgarth, India 2006 – Second Edition, Janadhwani Publication, 2007
  • Hisila: from Revolutionary to First Lady - India Penguin, 2021 [7]


  1. ^ "eKantipur.com - Nepal's No.1 News Portal". 2007-09-27. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  2. ^ "Nepal swears in Maoist ministers", Al Jazeera, December 31, 2007.
  3. ^ Mitra, Devirupa. "'We Did the Right Thing by Leaving Prachanda': Hisila Yami". The Wire. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Forum, Naya Shakti unify to form Samajwadi Party". OnlineKhabar. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Two key Madhesi parties in Nepal merge to form Janata Samajwadi Party". The Week. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ "JSP-N MP's abduction case a hot potato". The Himalayan Times. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Hisila".

External links

  • People’s Power in Nepal – Article in Monthly Review by Yami
  • Turkish version of the article
  • Comments by Yami in Monthly Review
  • Women's Participation in People's War in Nepal
  • NPR Interview with Comrade Parvati
  • http://nepalimahila.com/profile_hishila_yami.html[permanent dead link]