The Himalayan Republic Celebrates First Republic Day Anniversary
[From a year ago: 1. Nepal is Declared a Republic!!! 2. Minute by Minute Account of the Historic Session of the CA that Declared Nepal a Republic
Republic Day rally in Pokhara, Nepal. Pic by Krishna Mani Baral
The first anniversary of the declaration of federal democratic republic of Nepal is being observed throughout the nation on Friday (today). Hundreds of thousands of Nepali people within and abroad the country are celebrating the first republic day. A large number of people thronged the capital to observe a special function organised at Tundikhel in which various cultural programmes and other vibrant displays were organised by the government appointed organising committee.
At the function, President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi released pigeons, token of peace, wishing for the successful implementation of the 12-point understanding signed between the Maoist and the seven parties. Likewise, Nepal Army helicopter showered flowers all over the function venue. Security personnel of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force demonstrated march-past and traditional dancers of Kathamndu valley performed various dances and musical shows. Similarly, National Sports Council exhibited its group sports. At the programme, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal appealed to the political parties to forge consensus for drafting a new constitution. The special function was attended by government officials, senior leaders of political parties and diplomats from different countries.
Presidential Congratulations: Meanwhile, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has congratulated the Nepali people scattered all over the world on the first Republic Day. In his congratulatory message, Yadav said there has just been lip service to consensus but this has not been reflected in action. The President also added that civilian supremacy can be established only when the basics of democracy such as rule of law, press freedom, judicial independence, freedom of expression and human rights are reflected in each activity and behaviour of the government.
Stating that in the past 60 years Nepal has seen a number of constitutions, Yadav hoped that the new constitution would not be just another experiment.