National unity is a must: General (Retd.) Katawal – Bhagirath Yogi (BBC Nepali Sewa)

Former chief of the Nepal Army, General (Retd.) Rukmangad Katawal, has said that national unity among all the Nepalese, whatever the caste or creed, is a must in these troubled times.

General (Retd.) Rukmangad Katawal addressing a program organised by PNDF UK in London.
General (Retd.) Rukmangad Katawal addressing a program organised by PNDF UK in London.

Addressing an interaction organised at the Osho Shubham Meditation Center in South East London on Friday, General Katawal said interference from international forces in Nepal was inevitable if we couldn’t keep our house in order. “If we could develop our own national security policy, economic policy and political system on the basis of national consensus, no foreign power can dictate us,” he added.

Saying that he was an optimist, General Katawal said he believed that collective wisdom of Nepalese will prevail and Nepal will move towards the path of peace, progress and reconciliation.

Swami Maneesh and Ma Anjali said that yoga and meditation sessions were conducted at the Center regularly and that its doors were for all.

Earlier, addressing a function organised by the Patriotic Nepalese Democratic Forum (PNDF) UK on the occasion of the “Prithvi Jayanti and National Unity Day,” General Katawal said all patriotic Nepalese paid rich tributes to late King Prithvi Narayan Shah for the role played by him in the unification of Nepal. He said Shah’s message was still relevant at a time when many forces were actively seeking disintegration of the country and division among the Nepalese.

Speakers including social worker Dr Raghav Dhital, Mahasamiti member of Nepali Congress Bigyan Prasai, Coordinator of the Alliance for People’s Right in South Asia, Karna Shahi, vice president of NRN UK Narendra Kandel, chairman of the International Nepalese Literature Society UK chapter Hom Paribag, Dinesh Ghimire of CPN (UML) and Principal of London College of Engineering and Management (LCEM) Shekhar Sharma stressed on the need for unity among all the Nepalese to make the country strong and prosperous. They called upon all the Nepalese political leaders to bury their differences and work towards drafting the new constitution on time.

The program, organised at the LCEM, was chaired by PNDF UK Rosan Sapkota and conducted by general secretary of PNDF UK Narayan Adhikari.nepalnews.com

 

http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2011/jan/jan16/news13.php

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