Greater Nepal Weekly Second Anniversary
I was fortunate to be the Chief Guest of a program entitled ‘Greater Nepal Weekly Second Anniversary and Felicitation Program’ on 1st July 2014, organized by the Greater Nepal National Weekly in the Siddhartha Cottage, Tinkune, Kathmandu. The program was inaugurated by myself and Surendra Dhakal, Editor/Publisher of the Greater Nepal National Weekly by lighting the candles.
I presented a Letter of Felicitation in a plaque to Rabi Lamichhane, Guinness Book of World Record Holder on behalf of the Greater Nepal National Weekly.
In the mean time, I also presented a book to Lamichhane entitled ‘International Boundary Making’ as I am one of the co-authors, published by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lamichhane had conducted a program on 10-11 April 2013 in the News24 Television for 62 hours and 12 minutes continuously (Longest Marathon Television Talk show) making interviews to more than 84 distinguished personalities from different walks of life, that broke the world record. Fortunately, I was one of the interviewees. Lamichhane had taken my interview for 45 minutes.
During my interview, I had spoken that to make publicize on the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, we have to write in the arrival / departure lounge of our Tribuhvan International Airport, embarkation / disembarkation cards, Hotel reception counter, meeting hall of the ministries (especially, prime minister’s diplomatic meeting room, ministry of foreign affairs and finance and various offices and commissions), at the end of the visiting card of the dignitaries that ‘Buddha was Born in Nepal.’
I had made my visiting card after three days of that interview mentioning at at the end of the card that ‘Buddha was born in Nepal.’ after two months, I had used that card when I had visited Colombo and Kandy of Sri Lanka. during the meeting, I had also given this card to Mr. Gamini Bandara, Director of International Affairs, Temple of Tooth Relic at Dalada Maligawa, Kandy on 23 April 2013. I also presented this card to Excellency Ambassador of Nepal to Sri Lanka Mr. Sushil Chandra Amatya, when he had invited our group for dinner in his residence on 21 April 2013. Mr. Amatya had told me that he will include these wordings, while he makes new visiting card.
I am happy to felicitate Rabi Lamichhane, as the chief guest of the program, for his noble work to protect the integrity and nationality of Nepal making publicity all over the world that ‘Buddha was Born in Nepal.’
I expressed that Lamichhane is committed to preserve the national identity and territorial integrity.We have to join our hands to him in the matter of national feeling. It was commendable that he conducted so long interviews that he broke the world record. It has enhanced the prestige of our nation.
I explained the terminology of nation, nationality and nationalism. Nationalism is a feeling or antimation to be honest and dedicated to the nation and to glorify the national pride. Nationalism is not a substance to be sold and to buy in the market. For the self-respect, nationalism is the soul or heart of a living person. If the soul is sold, it will be the end of country’s nationalism.
A man dies, if his heart is failed. In the same way, if the nationalism is failed, the country will be vanished. With these notions, one must have faith upon his country whether it is least developed or developing or under developed or developed; and must deserve for the betterment of the nation in all respect.
Similarly, Mr. Anil Joshi, Chairman of News24 Television was felicitated by Borne Bahadur Kari, Chairman of Nepal Press Council and special guest of the program. Surendra Dhakal, Editor/Publisher of Greater Nepal National Weekly and Ujir Magar, general Secretary of Federation of Nepalese Journalist and guest of the program jointly presented the felicitation plaque to Nirmal Raj Paudel, Chairman of Welcome Event Management on behalf of Greater Nepal National Weekly.
On the occasion, Rabi Lamichhane expressed thanks to Greater Nepal Weekly for the appreciation of his work presenting letter of appreciation.
In the program, Borna Bahadur Karki, Ujir Magar, Surendra Dhakal. Krishna Raj Dulal, Manager of the Weekly had made a welcome speech. Tejendra Prasai, Executive Editor of the Weekly highlighted on the activities of the Weekly. At the end of the program, Momo and tea was served for the guests and invitees.