December 03, 2023

Why one city in Nepal worships North Korea and follows ‘Juche’ ideology

A mistrust of outsiders and desire for self-reliance drive Bhaktapur to embrace North Korean style communism

North Korea is not the only place that follows the Kim family cult and “Juche” ideology. For nearly three decades, the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) has ruled over the Kathmandu Valley city of Bhaktapur, with its leader promoting the DPRK’s state doctrine of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

In the party’s headquarters, portraits of North Korean dictators Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il hang alongside pictures of the party’s chairman, Narayan Man Bijukchhe, also known as Comrade Rohit.