Biography of Ernesto (Che) Guevara

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I am feeling great proudness while putting this biography of one of the most famous and a great an a inspiring leader of his time Che Guevara. He is one of the ideal leaders for me. I really respect his strength and his sacrifice against in the fight of inequality till the last minute of his life. I feel great happiness inside me while I see the youngsters wearing the t-shirts and badges of Che Guevara in the streets, colleges and busses. Many of them may have well known about him but many of them may have only walked after the fashion. So, through this blog I would like to share the story of the person, how a romantic, fun loving and the person as like us became a great and a very strong and a competent leader of his time. Although he was involved in the communist party and was a communist leader, I don’t assume him a leader of only a specific party. I respect him as the leader of his generation. This biography has been taken from www.bookrags.com. I would also like to refer the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries” to those who are interested to know more about him. This movie has really given a nice reflection of his journey from Argentina to Venezuela.

Description in Short

Name: Ernesto Guevara
Variant Name: Che Guevara
Date of Birth: June 14, 1928
Date of Death: October 8, 1967
Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina
Place of Death: Bolivia
Nationality: Argentinian
Gender: Male
Occupations: Revolutionary, Adviser

Description in brief

Ernesto Guevara (1928-1967) was an Argentinian revolutionary, guerrilla theoretician, and the trusted adviser of Cuban premier Fidel Castro. Ernesto Guevara was born on June 14, 1928, in Rosario. Of Spanish and Irish descent, he suffered from asthma, spending his childhood in a mountain town near Rosario. At an early age he read history and sociology books and was particularly influenced by the writings of the Chilean Communist poet Pablo Neruda. At 19 Guevara entered the medical school of the University of Buenos Aires.

In 1952 “Che” Guevara (“Che” is an Argentine equivalent of “pal”) broke off his studies in order to set out with a friend on a transcontinental trip which included motorcycling to Chile, riding a raft on the Amazon, and taking a plane to Florida. He returned to Argentina to resume his studies, graduating with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in 1953.

Late in 1953 Guevara left Argentina, this time for good. He moved to guatemala, where he had his first experience of a country at war. He supported the JacoboArbenz regime, and when it was overthrown in 1954 Guevara sought asylum in the Argentine embassy, remaining there until he could travel to Mexico.

It was here that Guevara met the Castro brothers. At the time Fidel Castro was planning an expedition against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and Guevara agreed to go along as a doctor. On Dec. 2, 1956, the expeditionaries landed in eastern Cuba, becoming the nucleus of a guerrilla force which operated in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. The guerrillas contributed to the crumbling of the Batista regime on Dec. 31, 1958.

In January 1959 Guevara was one of the first rebel commanders to enter avana and take control of the capital. He held several posts in the Castro government: commander of La Cabaña fortress, president of the National Bank, and minister of industries. But always, most important of all, he was one of Castro’s most influential advisers. Guevara visited Communist countries in the fall of 1960 to build up trade relations with the Soviet bloc and criticized United States policy toward Cuba. He also directed an unsuccessful plan to bring rapid industrialization to Cuba and advocated the supremacy of moral over material incentives to increase production. Guevara also masterminded Cuba‘s subversive program in Latin America and wrote extensively on this subject. In his first book, Guerrilla Warfare (1960), he provided basic instructions on this type of conflict.

Guevara’s official tasks did not cure him of his restlessness. He continued to travel. In December 1964 he addressed the United Nations General Assembly and then set out on a long journey to Europe, Africa, and Asia. After his return to Havana he surprisingly disappeared from public view. His wanderings took him to Africa to lead a guerrilla movement which failed. He returned to Cuba, preparing a team of Cuban army officers who would accompany him to his next fighting area, Bolivia.

 Guevara expected that a spreading guerrilla operation in Bolivia would force United States intervention, thus creating “two, three, or many Vietnams.” Instead the Bolivian army tracked down and annihilated the guerrillas and captured Guevara on Oct. 8, 1967. The next day Guevara was executed. 

18 thoughts on “Biography of Ernesto (Che) Guevara

    saynasomething said:
    May 8, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    When I first read about Che in Nab Yuwa I liked his heroic character. Leter on, I read his bio-graphy and some other article also. His heroic character, personality and the great contibution to devlop sociolism is remarkable.
    I would love to watch that movie if i get that.

    Utshab Pokhrel said:
    May 8, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Saynasomething,

    I think that this movie may found in Bluebird or in Soul. Actually, one of my colleague had provided me that Movie and he had already taken back it. But, i am also trying to buy a new one. I can provide you later i purchased.

    i have no name said:
    May 9, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Che is inspirational.

    Ani aru k chha ta? Pura out of contact bhaiyo ni!

    annitya said:
    May 10, 2007 at 8:13 am

    I don’t know much about him though i’ve watched that movie; and didn’t know that he was executed; very sad about what happened.

    Nepali Akash said:
    May 14, 2007 at 6:20 am

    It is indeed undisputable that he was a revolutionary. Some books also portray his negative aspects of life. I guess we also need to know as many of his facets as possible to understand his personality. This would I guess provide a balance to our unbiased knowledge.

    It is said that when he was executed these were the last words: “I know you’ve come to kill me. Cowards, shoot, you are only going to kill a man.” How true. They killed only a man and his revolution still lives.

    In one of his essay he has written: “Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …”

    To conclude, I dare to quote the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is only momentary.”

    Keep blogging!!!

    Afno Kura responded:
    May 14, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Nepali Akash,

    Thank U very vuch for enlighting more in his biography with his both positive and negative aspects.

    Really, where there is good there is evil. If there is no evil there is no any existance of good. So, we should try to learn good things and abondon the bad things.

    And, more emphasizing on ur statement, we should analysis both good and bad things of a person before coming into the conclusion or making a kind of perception towards him.

    Anyway, hope more such comments on further posts. Thank u once again.

    Nepali Akash said:
    May 15, 2007 at 8:45 am

    I always wanted to watch ” The Motorcycle Diaries”. After reading this article on your blog, I was again tempted. And finally I watched this time. How was your experience watching it, Utsab?

    I was disappointed because I expected it was a political one. But it is indeed the artistic talent of Walter Salles to make this movie without any kind of political fibre. Of course, it does tell us how the pain and pathos of the downtrodden in the continent played a role in his understanding of the injustice and discrimination of the society. But it speaks none of his revolutionary future in the making, except at the end with few words.

    So it was more like watching a road trip movie with luscious acquaintances of nature. It can also be seen as the portrayal of freedom,joy and glory of youth and friendship, and its transformation. A soul capturing movie in its entirety.

    Keep Blogging !!!

    Utshab Pokhrel said:
    May 15, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Nepali Akash,

    Well u r right in that sense, this movie has no any political fibre. Actually, i too have watched this movie thinking about the revolutionery image of Che but later finishing the movie i felt some another kind of story, a political revolutionery image of Che behind the romantic and as like others commercial movie of travelling and the feeling of the nature.

    I have watched it 2 times. At first, i felt it full of romantic scenes and travel. And, at second time, i felt there was a great revolutionery image behind those scenes, so i found interesting. I was impressed there, how a romantic, fun loving and a medical student had u turn towards the unfinished revolution of his journey. I felt all the scenes heart touchy whether it was of the talking with two communist escaping here and there with the fear of the Jar and his armies or the story of a leprosy camp or the whole story of the travelling from Argentina to Venezulia etc.

    I don’t know how but i felt it very much interesting. Acutally, i love to watch such movies. There are other movies also which i felt most interesting like, American Beauty, Hotel Rwanda, Water, Numafung and recently watched Metro etc.

    Prajwol said:
    May 18, 2007 at 3:26 am

    What’s up Utshab,

    seems that you have been away for long now, r u unearthing sth big?🙂

    Utshab said:
    May 18, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Hi Prajwol,

    There is no such busy schedule rather than the day to day activities but don’t know why, i m feeling no more enthusiasm inside to write sth. Actually, now a days, i’m feeling a big tiredness. So, have taken rest from all the things except my office. If there were the facilities of leave for min of one week than have thought that to visit somewhere else where could be found the full of peace and satisfaction inside the soul but……….. I am preparing to recover soon from this lazy days.

    Nepali Akash said:
    May 22, 2007 at 3:26 am

    no futher blog entires?

    Nepali Akash said:
    May 22, 2007 at 3:27 am

    typo: further

    ramosdesign said:
    May 23, 2007 at 7:32 am

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    very nice your blog.

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    Salik said:
    May 28, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Yes- and today Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are still struggling to walk down the same road to socialism in defiance to US.

    Your friend said:
    June 3, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Man I never knew about your .com.np!

    ghotane_kalambir said:
    July 7, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    ————————————————
    Being young in age
    in this state of Youth
    and seeing my country
    in violation & rage
    i just wish
    i were *Che
    but
    alone i am
    with no POWER
    simply just i can DREAM
    you may say am a DREAMER
    but am not the only ONE
    hope someday YOU will join US
    and the WORLD will be ONE
    —————————————————

    utshab responded:
    July 8, 2007 at 9:59 am

    WoW wat a nice poem, thanks.

    harsha said:
    November 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

    he’s not stopped even after cuban revolution,travelled whole world to meet his fundamentals…..sacrificed his life for the poor..left swift life being a doctor….a higher grade person in cuban government…hats off to the great person.CIA never did a right thing…even never thinked about any sufferer ,victims,,never saw how poverty’ll be…all it knows is to kill revolutionarees…sad today we’re supporting them

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