“In view of the contribution made by Prithvi Narayan Shah, I am willing to hand over my body for this country and the people,” said former Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista.
Eyes of general supporters of Prithvi Narayan Shah, who were present on the occasion of the commemoration of the birth anniversary of the founder of modern Nepal, wetted when Bista made his statement before the statue of Shah in front of the western gate of Singh Durbar.
The National Unity Day Main Ceremony Committee on Sunday commemorated the 293rd Prithvi Jayanti (Prithvi Narayan’s birth anniversary).
The programme was attended by many politicians, social workers and general public creating an upbeat scenario, but tinged with much emotional outburst.
Former PM Bista said he felt a suffusion of pride and dignity standing before the statue of Prithvi Narayan Shah. “He was successful in creating a modern Nepal before the world. We are ready to die for Nepal,” Bista commented, “But, it is shameful that the people and the state are forgetting the very person who had created the modern Nepal.”
Bista said it was unfortunate to see that the state was not capable of honouring Shah. He said common Nepali people should not forget the founder of the country who had unified various princely states into a single whole.
The musical band of the Armed Police Force, on the occasion, played the Mangal Dhun, Panchebaja (five sorts of traditional musical instruments) with Sankha (conch).
Ram Bahadur Karki, a resident at Balkhu of the Capital, said Nepal and Nepali would not have been in the current state, had there not been Prithvi Narayan Shah.
He accused the current leadership and leaders of trying to forget the history.
Similarly, Yogendra Kumar Shrestha from Jorpati called Prithvi Narayan Shah a noble statesman of Nepal. No one should forget the role he played in creating our country, Shrestha said.
Committee Chairman and culture expert Modnath Prashrit expressed his concern over the dubious activities directed towards disintegrating Nepal and inciting instability.
“How can we respect the country if we cannot be proud of Prithvi Narayan Shah?” questioned Prashrit, adding, “Why shouldn’t we respect a person who had unified dozens small states of ancient Nepal?”
“Prithvi Narayan Shah also needs respect like India’s Mahatma Gandhi and China’s Mao Tse-tung,” he said.
On the occasion, Prof Dr Ramesh Dhungel said the contribution of Shah in creating modern Nepal should never be forgotten. Dhungel further added that Shah is a symbol of Nepali unity and a real cultural heritage.
Political analyst, Dirgharaj Prasai underscored the necessity for the state to adopt the divine message of Prithvi Narayan Shah as the chief state policy despite the political change.
The various leaders and dignitaries present on the occasion garlanded the statue of Shah.