His Excellency Mr. Ranjit Rae, Indian ambassador to Nepal
Chief guest of this historic occasion Professor Jayaraj Acharaya, Nepal’s former Ambassador to United Nations, and the guest speaker today,
Shree Abhaya K jyoo and office bearers from BPKF, Embassy of India
Dr Bishnubibhu Ghimire President of the Nepali Writers Association and other members
Distinguished scholars, academicians, creative writers, artists, media persons and audiences
It gives me an immense pleasure to have this opportunity to welcome you all as a coordinator of B P Koirala Centenary Committee for Nepali Writers’ Association in this august gathering which is attended by luminaries in the field of art culture, diplomacy and humanity from India and Nepal. One major partner taking initiatives in bringing this event up to this mark is B P Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Embassy of India. Nepali Writers’ Association is the legacy of oldest literary organisation in Nepal dedicated to the cause of freedom and and democracy, one of its founding members being B P Koirala himself more than six decades ago. So we worked hard in association with the diplomat poet Mr. Abhaya K and and a very energetic young officer Mr. Pankaj K Mallick about a year to bring our common dream into reality. His Excellency Ranjit Rae joined his office as an Ambassador only a few days back so we are happy and fortunate to have the new Ambassador as a chief guest in this occasion and Nepali Writers’ Association extends its warmest welcome to his Excellency and wishes most successful of days during his tenure in Nepal. In fact this is the inaugural ceremony of B P Koirala lecture series which has been organised on his birth day. This lecture series will go throughout the year, one lecture every month for which Abhaya K ji has generously given us very friendly signals. Nepali Writers’ Association has drafted a list of various programmes and activities to be conducted throughout the year in order to commemorate the centenary. We hope we will stand jointly together in the days to come. B P Image inspires us to stand together in Nepal and India both.
I would like to borrow a few words from B P K F site posted by Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi; It introduces B P as: Bishwesawr Prasad Koirala after whose name the Foundation is established is a symbol of Nepal renaissance. His ideas and visions made him a unique mixture of liberation, humanism, and social justice. He was a crusader against all forms of injustice perpetrated in various forms and through various agencies, state and non state. He occupies unique place in politics, literature and intellectual thinking process, making him a statesman politician. B P had the distinction of being the first elected Prime Minister following his party’s overwhelming victory in the 1959 general election. B P’s involvement in the Indian national movement and its impact on his political thinking process made him a close friend of of India.
So this togetherness today symbolises friendship, and the celebration symbolises our honour from both the people and reverence to BP’s life and his immense contribution. In fact in a life span of 69 years he spent all in struggle for freedom and democracy except two years of his tenure in the government portfolio.
In the 10th January 1977 entry of his jail dairy B P has divided his life time thus : I am 62 years old now, I spent 25 years in Nepal, and 38 years of my life in India. I spent 19 years in Banaras, 8 years in Patna, 5 years in Tedhi, 3 years in Calcutta, 2 years in Hajaribag jail, and 1 year in Darjeeling. So naturally his life of innocence, enjoyment, learning and sufferings, struggles and even exile is shaped by the great legacy extant in the Bharatvarsha though he struggled for freedom of the Nepalese people wherever he was until his death. These experiences are reflected in his life and works later on. BP is a mutual friend and the B P K F a cultural bridge between the two lands. We have immense space to to study, explore and share B P’s teaching and experience. We together will have long way to go. I hope we will be together in this journey of civilization.
We would like to meet again in the next lecture series and a host of other programmes to be organised throughout Nepal and some in parts of India like Benares, Patna, Darjeeling, Assam, Dehradun and Calcutta. Some friends from Calcutta have already arrived Kathmandu in order to plan B P Koirala centenary commemoration programme in Calcutta. We are also organising some of centenary programmes in Europe America and different parts of Asia. I hope Nepali Writers’ Association will be successful in in journey democracy and humanity.
Finally, I express my sincere thanks to the Ambassador His Excellency for his graceful presence
and Prof. Acharya for his delivery and valued scholars as audiences for their presence.
Thanking you all.
Govinda Raj Bhattarai
B P Koirala centenary celebration committee, NWA
9th September 2013 ( Bhadra 24, 2013)
Nepal Bharat Pusatakalaya