Manmohan Adhikari (1920-1999) became, in November 1994 just a few weeks after I interviewed him, Nepal's first communist prime minister - joining the world's very small group of democratically elected heads of government. He was the chairman of the country's mainstream Communist party, the NCP-UML (Nepal Communist Party - Unified Marxist Leninist). His obituary appeared in Frontline.
In this interview, he talked about the prospects for his party in the imminent elections, relations between communists in Nepal and India and his own initial involvement in the communist movement, in India and then in Nepal. He emphasised that while the Nepali Congress leaders used to spend a great deal of time in India, the Communists had made a point of working in Nepal often taking posts as teachers in village schools.