Greater Nepal Felicitation
Greater Nepal National Weekly organized a program at Reporters Club Hall, Kathmandu on 18 May 2013 to felicitate Border Expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, Senior Littérateur Ms. Jaleswori Shrestha and Director of Greater Nepal Documentary Film Manoj Pandit.
Chief Guest of the program, Senior Advocate and Chairman of Nepal Press Council Borna Bahadur Karki presented the brass plaque of Letter of Felicitation to Madan Puraskar Winner-Border Expert-Writer Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, on behalf of Greater Nepal Weekly, decorating with the Khada, the traditional scarf as an emblem of peace, happiness and prosperity. Following sentences have been engraved in the Letter of Felicitation brass plaque:-
Mother and motherland are greater than heaven
First Anniversary of Greater Nepal National Daily
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Letter of Felicitation
This Letter of Felicitation has been presented to
Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha
as an emblem of the nation in recognition of his very important
contribution for the extensive research revealing the
facts and figures regarding the protection of
nationalism and national integrity.
Surendra Prasad Dhakal
Publisher and Editor
Greater Nepal National Weekly
Chairman of the program and Publisher/Editor of Greater Nepal Weekly Surendra Dhakal presented the Latter of Felicitation to Ms. Jaleswori Shrestha and Manoj Pandit. Ms. Sofia Pandit received the plaque on behalf of her husband Manoj Pandit, as Mr. Pandit was out of Kathmandu Valley.
Receiving the letter of felicitation, Border Expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha thanked the Greater Nepal Weekly, as he was honored by the Weekly. He recalled that he was interviewed by the Weekly and it was published in the first issue of the newspaper. He said he had not approached for the honour. But the Weekly had decided to felicitate him and the Editor of the Weekly asked him to accept the honor. And he accepted it after some conversation with the Editor in telephone.
Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, as the recipient of Greater Nepal Felicitation said, the issues of sovereignty, nationality and integrity of the nation raised by the Weekly are very relevant and it was necessary for the existence of the country. The Nepalese people have experienced sorrowfulness loosing one third of the nation, with the effect of Treaty of Sugauli- 1816.
But Nepal could regain the lost territory of Greater Nepal while Nepal will be prosperous and developed as China, in terms of economy, political diplomacy and development of science and technology. Everywhere in the world there are China made merchandise and machinery, electronic goods and materials. So China has dominated economically to most of the countries of the world. Secondly, China is an emerging nation in the United Nations as super power. Thirdly, it has been advancing in the field of science and technology from artificially creating rains to satellite launching.
When Nepal will be developed as China, there will be a great possibility to get back the lost portion of the then Greater Nepal. But it may take time. Even if we don’t get back our former territory in our life time, our sons and grand-sons will be able to fetch it. As there are examples as China drew back the lost territory of Hongkong Kowloon after 155 years from Britain. Similarly, China was able to regain Macau after 400 years. It has to be understood that British Empire had ceded that territory making the treaty as similar as the Treaty of Sugauli which was taken place between Nepal and British East India Company. China ultimately pulled back that lost territory from Britain. And why not to retain back the lost territory of Greater Nepal ? It may take some decades and it is the fact. For this, Nepal has to be economically prosperous and developed as in the scale of China.
On the other hand some of the spots of our present boundary of Nepal have been encroached. There are disputes, conflicts, claim and counter-claims, and cross-border occupations in 71 spots along Nepal-India border line. These disputed areas have been computed as 60,662 hectares of land. During the last ten years period, disputed spots have been increased from 53 to 71 places and 60,000 to 60,662 hectares.
There are conflicts on the border with China as well at the border of Dolakha district. There is also a controversy on the height of Mount Everest with China.
We have to protect our national boundary ourselves. None of the countries will take care to preserve our border. We don’t have to blame our neighbors that our frontier areas have been encroached by them. This is due to our weakness and lethargic; and our border has been encroached. We ourselves must be alert and defend as necessary. We and our government are week, careless, pessimist and apathetic concerning our boundary of Nepal. So our border is being encroached time and often.
Nepali young generation must come forward to protect and preserve our boundary. All we have to create awareness and this message should be reached to the countries of the world. We have to build intellectual pressure to our government to talk to our neighboring countries for the peaceful solution of the border issues. In fact, this is the business of the State or head of the government. The civic society would have to raise and highlight the matters and provide suggestions to put pressure to the government authorities. Ultimately, border business must be tackled by the concerned authorities. If the State uses to raise the voice, the neighbors hear it and here comes the ways and means to resolve the outstanding border issues. But it is a matter of sorrowfulness that our government is apathetic to resolve the border issues with the neighboring countries. The government should not let encroach our territory. We have to be sensitive for even an inch of land. If one square kilometer of the territory is being encroached, hundreds of Nepali citizens inhabited on that portion of land, may become the alien.
At the end of speech, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha wished Greater Nepal weekly will always be able and active to create awareness and build pressure in terms of protection of the national boundary of Nepal. The honour and felicitation given to him by Greater Nepal Weekly has encouraged and enthusiasm to make further research study and publicize the factual accounts in the field of protection and preservation of national boundary of Nepal. Lastly, he thanked Greater Nepal Weekly family once again for offering him letter of felicitation.
Ms. Jaleswori Shrestha, the other recipient of honor said she was motivated and inspired to write on the issue of women of Nepal visualizing their anxiety, harassment, trouble, pain and distress. The honor provided by Greater Nepal Weekly has added her responsibility to create literature in an energetic manner in future.
Chief Guest of the program and Chairman of Nepal Press Council Borna Bahadur Karki congratulated Buddhi Narayan Shrestha on receiving honor from Greater Nepal Weekly, as Shrestha is creating awareness to the Nepali society on the matters of national boundary and its preservation. He also congratulated to two other fellows who received the honor. He said the whole press community should be united on the issue of nationality. He further said the movement of Greater Nepal raised by the Weekly is timely and appropriate in view of the protection of nationality and national feeling. This movement should be continued in the days to come as well.
Chairman of the program and Editor/Publisher of Greater Nepal Weekly Surendra Dhakal highlighted the reasons to publish the Greater Nepal Weekly newspaper. He said that nationality of Nepal bas been entangled into grave and crucial danger. Boundary of Nepal has been encroached day by day and it has shrunken. But our political leaders are not serious on it. Rather they are becoming the broker agents of India to sit on the chair and continue their power to be remained in the government for long.
He further said Greater Nepal Weekly newspaper has been published with an objective to create awareness and to save the nationality of Nepal and to get back the lost territory of Greater Nepal, as it was affected by the Treaty of Sugauli- 1816. Our well wishers have made a curiosity whether the newspaper will be continued or not in future. Editor Dhakal committed and assured to all that ‘Greater Nepal Weekly will not die till he is alive’ and future generation will carry it on.
In the beginning of the program Managing Director of the newspaper Krishna Dulal welcomed all the guests and said- nationalism is going to be endangered and Greater Nepal Weekly has created public opinion on the matter of nationalism. He opined that the newspaper is transmitting the peoples’ view in an energetic manner and it should be reached to huge number of readers.
Columnist of the newspaper and Senior Journalist Dambar Giri expressed that Hong Kong, Macau and various other territories of the world have been returned back after hundreds of years. In this context, lost territories of Greater Nepal, including Darjeeling could be returned and taken back in future. He appreciated that Surendra Dhakal himself is engaged for the last twenty years in the movement of Greater Nepal.
Another guest and Chairman of Federation of Nepalese Journalists Kathmandu Branch Govinda Chaulagain expressed his opinion that Greater Nepal Weekly has done Mission Journalism with an objective to save nationalism. Nepalese territory has been encroached and this act is not stopped. Nationality of Nepal is going to be endangered day after day. In such a situation the issue raised by the Greater Nepal Weekly is contextual and appreciable. He wished- may the future of the newspaper to raise the voice to regain the lost territory of Nepal be more powerful and very popular. He expressed all the best to the newspaper and recipients of Greater Nepal Honor, including Border Expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha.
Collection from Kantipur Daily, Gorkhapatra Daily 19 May 2013 and Greater Nepal Weekly 24 May 2013.