The Constitution Day of Nepal was observed in Australia. On the occasion, the leaders of Australia sent the warm wishes to Australian Nepalese community and expressed to convey to Nepal and all Nepalese. In the event held on the premise of the office of the Consulate General of Nepal, NSW, Sydney, the national flag of Nepal was hoisted by the Hon. Consul-General of Nepal, NSW Deepak K Khadka.
Before the virtual conference, the national anthems of Nepal and Australia were played. This important day, also officially treated as the National Day of Nepal, is celebrated with pomp and grandeur across Nepal and all over the world where Nepalese communities live. The NRNA ICC Oceania Coordinator Hom Pandey set the tone of the conference.
As a special guest, the hon’ble MP of Labor Party Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Communications, Federal member for Greenway expressed her warm greeting to the Nepalese community through the zoom.
She said, “Thank you for providing this important opportunity for us to meet remotely. If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, I was scheduled to visit Nepal earlier this year. It would have been a wonderful opportunity for me to see the home country of so many of my Nepali friends in our community, and to better understand Nepali culture and traditions.”
She added, “Today we celebrate Nepal’s transition into a representative democracy, embracing the values of freedom, fairness, and respect. We acknowledge that this transition did not occur naturally – it came as a result of decades of advocacy by passionate Nepalese prepared to make the case for change. We remember their sacrifices to manifest a Nepal that is more representative of and accountable to its people. I’m proud to represent a proud and diverse Nepalese community in Western Sydney.”
Senator for NSW Andrew Bragg said, “I’m proud to be a part of the ceremony of great significance for Nepalese community and happy to see the relationship between Australia and Nepal has been consistently and purposefully growing for the mutual-cooperation. My plan to visit Nepal has been postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic and I would hope to visit Nepal on the other side of Pandemic.”
Likewise, Jodi McKay, leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of New South Wales said, “I’m very happy and honoured to participate in the meeting and extend my heartfelt greeting to all Nepalese on the occasion of the Constitution Day of Nepal. It is always heartening to see the diplomatic relationship of Australia and Nepal is growing stronger with the passage of time and Australia would concern all subjects related to Nepal with reasonable priority and would like to work collaboratively for mutual benefit and to achieve a common goal.”
Consulate General of Nepal, NSW Deepak Khadka said, “We are proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the new Constitution of Nepal in Australia too. It holds a promise to create a fairer and more inclusive society in the days ahead. Australia’s constitution is more than 100 years old yet time and again laws are being changed and there always has been better scope for positive changes. Rather than making complaint, we should cooperate for the positive changes with our refined outlook on our community and nation.”
NRNA, ICC Vice-President Mana KC said, “It’s any Nepali’s pride to celebrate the constitution day in a foreign land and we are committed to appreciating the true spirit of the constitution and look up to it.”
NRNA patron Indra Ban, Former NRNA, Australia President Gowa Katuwal, Advocate Dr. Shamsher Singh Thapa, leading community leader Bhawani Oli, NRNA, Oceania Woman Coordinator Janaki Poudel, NRNA, Australia Spokesperson Nanda Gurung, Vice President and NSW Coordinator Dev Gurung, Overseas Nepalese Unity Forum President Ramesh Pandey, Jana Sampark Samiti President Krishna Giri, Australian Nepalese Journalists Association President Hemanta Kafle advisor Manarishi Dhital, etc. also shared their valuable views about the values and significance of the constitution and the constitution day.
The national flag of Nepal was hoisted by Nepal’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency, Mr. Mahesh Raj Dahal, on the premise of the embassy in Canberra to mark the constitution day of Nepal.
The Embassy hosted a small get-together to exchange the greeting with the local Nepalese community.
Present on the occasion were the outgoing NRNA, Oceania Coordinator Dharma Raj Adhikari, NRNA, Vice-President Chudamani Sapkota, pioneering community leader Dr. Krishna Hamal.