California : The Girija Prasad Koirala (GPK) Foundation organized a Talk Program in Berkeley, California on Sunday Evening, July 21 at Himalayan Flavors. The theme of the one day Talk Program was “Flourishing Democracy in 21st Century''.
The Chairman of the GPK Foundation America Mr. Somnath Ghimire presided the program whereas Dr. Shobakar Parajuli, a former MP of Nepal, Ex. Whip of the Nepali Congress Party & the Central Member of GPK Foundation Central's Steering Committee was the Chief Guest.
The other special guests of the Talk Program were Babu Krishna Sapkota, the Treasurer of NC Dhadhing District and the VP of the NC’s National Treasurers Alliance, Caesar Zepeda, Director of WCSD, Nduka Uheire-Ebite, Democrat Youth Leader & Mark Brustman also Democrat Youth Leader of Berkeley,CA.
The Chief Guest Dr. Parajuli inaugurated the Talk Program by wreathing the Khadaa around the photo of great leader Girija Prasad Koirala, the Foundation itself is named after him. The Vice President of the GPK Foundation America Laxmi KC pinned the special badges to all the distinguished guests.
The VP of NANC and the Secretary of the Foundation Prem Pariyar was the master of ceremony. Pariyar introduced all the community leaders, journalists, intellectuals social activists and politicians who participated the event.
The VP Sarbagya Wagley of GPK Foundation America delivered a welcome speech amidst distinguished guests, Nepalese expatriates and friends of Nepal.
Special Guest Babu Krishna Sapkota spoke about the current political situation of Nepal. Sapkota also talked about Nepali Congress party and said that the party needed to go with democratic practices internally.
The other three special guests and friends of Nepal Caesar Zepeda, Director of WCSD, Nduka Uheire-Ebite, Democrat Youth Leader and Mark Brustman, Democrat Youth Leaders of Berkeley, CA respectively shared their views on strengthening of democracy in 21st Century by inclusive partcipation in all communities' events from local to the state level and also urged everyone to speak out.
Youth leader Ebite said that there is no boundary for democracy, whereas another Youth leader Zepeda stressed on inclusion of all communities people to vote and choose the right and capable candidate who can foster & flourish local government to federal.
''Democracy with Deliver' is the major factor in safeguarding Democracy in 21st century'', Past President of NSU Mahendra Sharma shared through email.
The Chief Guest Dr. Shobhakar Parajuli spoke on the current political turmoil in Nepal. He added that Nepali Congress is the only democratic party to address the present situation of Nepal. He also said that in the 21st Century Nepali Congress must follow the norms and values of democracy internally and move forward with the senior leaders of the party to address the needs and the demands of this century. He stressed that leaders of Nepali Congress must change their behavior to see the cadres from grassroot level and start evaluating their sacrifices for the value of democracy and the party itself.
President of the GPKF-America Somnath Ghimire shared the concept of GPKF-America and the formation of its executive committee and its future activities. Ghimire also stressed on the 'Flourishig Democracy in 21st Century' providing his own opinion about the each letter of the word ''DEMOCRACY'' as D=Dedication, Devotion & Development, E=Engagement & Evaluation, M=Multi-Talents, O=Ownership, C=Coordination & Cooperation, R=Respect Rules, A=Acknowledgement & Alignment, C= Counselling & Y=Yearn. Ghimire also said that the power of democracy attracted the people of the world, that helped for rapid downfall of communism and decolonization.
The Certifcates of Appointment sent by the Central President Sujata Koirala were distrbuted by the Chief Guest Dr. Shobhakar Parajuli and the President of the GPKF-America to the appointed Advisors of the Central Committee of America Dr. Durga Dahal, Dr. Amod Pokhrel and Bidhyasagar Yonzan and Honorary Members Krishna Raj Giri and Mrs. Piyush Dahal.
Also certificates were distributed to the Central Committee Executives and they are as Vice President Laxmi KC, Vice President Sarbagya Wagle, Secretary Prem Pariyar, Central Member Kranti Aryal Bhandari respectively.
Social Activists & Community Leaders Dr. Tika Lamsal, Dr. Umesh Aryal, Manohara Thapa Bogati, Harihar Dahal, Ravi Adhikari, Deben Maskey, Senior Vice President of Jana Samparka Samiti-America Dhananjya Narsingh KC, attended this event.
The other particiants were NC leaders Bhupal Lamichhane, Bhakta Thapa, Pratik Pandey, Ishwar Sitaula-President of Nepali Association of Northern California, Yagya Lal Shrestha-President, Nepali Community Center(NCC), Uttam Karki-Past President of NANC, President of NAGC-Mani Nepali Paneru, Surendra Malla-President of NRN California Chapter, Dikendra Maskey-Past President of NANC,Dinesh Ghimire-Advisor of Jana Samparka Samiti CA chapter, Bishwo Bhatta-President of Nepal Gorkha.