K. Dhondup (1952-1995) was born in Rubin Gang in Tibet. He was a restless youth with great zeal. In the 1970s, when there were severe repressions in Tibet by the Communist China, a few Tibetans set up a Tibetan communist party in exile. On 1 May 1979 the Tibetan Communist Party (TCP) came into the open with K. Dhondup, Namgyal, and Kelsang Tenzin as its founding fathers, causing ’shock, distress and panic’ in the exile community. Understandably, the party was vehemently opposed and its founders faced public rage and ostracism.
K. Dhondup passed away at 6 am on 7 May 1995 in New Delhi. He was 42.