Gangtok, Jan 16
SDF Party President and former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was honoured with Kiraya Yalamber Smriti Samman on January 15 in Kathmandu by Kirat Rai Yayokha, a social organisation of the Kirat Rai in Nepal.
A press release informs that Mr.Chamling was accorded a very warm welcome by a massive crowd and was led into Rashtriya Sabha Griha amidst loud cheers.
Addressing the crowd, Chamling said that he felt a great deal of camaraderie with the singers and songwriters gathered in the crowd, being a song writer and poet himself, and felt “It as of one the biggest awards he has received in his life” to be recognised by a community that has brought music to generations of Nepali speaking people and to be felicitated by people who are involved with music, something that has been very dear to Shri Chamling. Many other prominent singers and songwriters were also present at the function including Shri Kumar Basnet, Smt Usha Sherchan, Shri Shakti Ballabh, Deepak Jangam, Shri Bulu Mukarung and Shri Satya Swaroop Acharya.
Mr. Chamling was also felicitated by the Kirat Rai Vidhyarthi Sangh and was presented with an art piece in his likeness.
The programme had Chief Minister of Pradesh No. 1 Sher Dhan Rai as the Chief Guest and was attended by a host of dignitaries that included former ministers, members of Federal Parliament of Nepal, former Ambassador, former Presidents of Kirat Rai Yayokha, among others.
While delivering his acceptance address, for the honour bestowed on him, he said that he has come to Nepal for the felicitation not as a politician but as a family member of the Yayokha and to pay his respects to his fatherland.
He underlined that despite political boundaries that separate Sikkim and Nepal, the people of the two countries are united by history, language, culture, tradition and similar struggles. “I am still in active politics. I however do not have any political objective in coming here,” he said.
Chamling also thanked Nepal Academy for the honour and said that he was moved by the recognition. He emphasized that he has committed himself to furthering Nepali literature in Sikkim, and informed that Nirman Prakashan that he started when he was still quite young has published the works of all the renowned writers and poets both from India and Nepal.
Reflecting further, he rued how the neutrality of intellectuals and civil society has paved the way for the dominance of opinions by negative elements. “It s the duty of the intellectuals and civil society to stand with the truth and have the courage to speak truth to power.” he asserted. He suggested the Nepal Academy to organize a ‘Biswa Sahitya Sammelan, a global conference to discuss ideas for bettering not only Nepali literature but also the identity of the Nepali speaking people and called for an emotional unification of the Nepali speaking people. He emphasized that unless we honour our own people, no one else will