Foundation organizes 75th Birth Anniversary of Late Leader Jeevraj Ashrit

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The Jeevraj Ashrit Foundation organized its first program on the commemorating 75th Birth day of late leader Jeevraj Ashrit. The foundation organized various programmes to reach its objectives to the people.

The master of the ceremony (MC) was Foundation General-Secretary Dipendra Adhikari who highlighted the relevance of the program and shared the objectives.

 

Vice chair of the foundation Bikas Gyawali delivered welcome speech.

 

Former Prime Minister and senior leader of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Jhalanath Khanal was the chief guest of the first session of the program while another former Prime Minister and  senior leader of  the ruling NCP Madhav Kumar Nepal was the chief guest of the second session.

The nationwide poetry symposium was organized in the very first session.  A total 57 poems were received for the competition and four were selected for the recitation.  Of them poet Badri Dahal bagged first award, Ashok Nepal, Second, Arjun Rai Third position while Sandesh Pandey  was awarded Consolation prize. (The winners, each received Rs 10,000, 7,000, 5,000 and 2,500 respectively).

The program started with moment of silence for the reminiscence of all known and unknown Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for democracy and freedom in different peoples’ movements in the country. It was then followed by paying homage and offering floral tribute to late leader Ashrit’s photograph.

The event was addressed by senior leaders of ruling NCP. As a special guest former DPM and leader of NCP Bamdev Gautam shared his personal and political ties with late Ashrit. He stressed on paving the way for socialism to address peoples’ common agendas.

Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that he was guided and inspired by late Ashrit.  He shared his respect and lessens.

Former Finance Minister and NCP leader Surendra Pandey opined for preparing the foundation to lead the nation on the way to prosperity and socialism after nationalizing the private ownership on basic sectors that were captured y private sectors. However, it was challenging, it was utmost to go to socialism, Pandey said.

Former PM and  leader of NCP  Jhalanath Khanal, as the chief guest of the first session emphasized the significance of promoting Jeevraj Ashrit’s contribution to the party and the nation so that the younger generation and youth party cadres could learn a lot  from  Ashrit. He spoke on Ashrit’s features on six points: 1) organizational ability, 2) communist ideology and sense of mission, 3) disciplined behavior, 4) simple life-style and highly motivational to cadres, 5) extra ability on literature, and advocate of women’s empowerment. He mainly highlighted Ashrit’s clean and capable image to run the party organization.

Pictures of winners of Poem competition

NCP leader and former Minister Yubraj Gyawali shed light on the contribution of Dr Modnath Prashrit and Devendra Ghimire. Leader Gyawali also said that late Ashrit was an exemplary figure in Nepali communist movement.

The foundation has feted senior writer and former education Minister Dr Modnath Prashrit. He   is awarded Jeevaraj Ashrit National Honour. The award carries a purse of Rs 25,000. While addressing the programme, Prashrit shared that he was immensely influenced by Ashrit.  He urged one and all to be neat, clean and creative like Ashrit.

The foundation also presented Jeevraj Ashrit National Award (Rs 25,000 cash prize) to Devendra Ghimire who has notable contribution to set up Jeevraj Ashrit Pratishthan. While addressing the event, he shared his struggle to set up the foundation in Butwal. He also extended best wishes to the foundation to be more and more creative and come with academic activities.

Former PM and senior leader comrade Madhav Nepal highlighted late  Ashrit’s good mannerism, strict discipline and clear vision to bring revolutionary changes in the country by continuously engaging in communist movement till death. He remembered Ashrit not only as a key communist leader from 1970s to the early 1990s, but also as a true friend as well. Leader Nepal expressed his hope that Foundation  would merger as academic and creative institution.

The program was concluded by the Foundation chair Dr Sagar Neupane with his short speech. He committed to bringing creative and academic activities in the days ahead. He further expected cooperation from all sides.  Chair Neupane also expressed his belief to develop the Foundation as a reliable research institution.