•      Thu Sep 28 2023

Israel presents late BP’s rare speech to President Paudel

Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Mr Hanan Goeder hands over the famous speech of late BP Koirala in Israel to the President of Nepal Mr Ram Chandra Paudel on September 12, 2023 at President’s Office, Nepal. (Photo: President’s Office)

Kathmandu, Sept 12: Israel has handed over the rare speech of BP Koirala, a towering personality of Nepal’s democratic movement and first people’s elected representative, to President Ramchandra Paudel as a ‘gift’.

Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Hanan Goder, handed over the written speech of late leader BP Koirala to President Paudel at the President’s Office, Shital Niwas, on Tuesday. Information on it was shared by President’s advisor, Kiran Pokhrel.

Nepal-Israel diplomatic relations was established during the premiership of leader Koirala in 1960. At a time when the entire world was yet to accept Israel as an independent state established in 1948, BP had acknowledged Israel as an independent state.

After the establishment of diplomatic ties, BP Koirala, as the chief guest, had addressed the ‘International Conference on Role of Science in the Advancement of New States’ on August 15, 1960. That very speech was handed over to President Paudel on Tuesday.

Ambassador Goder shared that he searched BP Koirala’s speech with keen interest and long effort. He further shared happiness to get opportunity to hand over the rare speech to the President, who is the disciple of Koirala.

On the occasion, President Paudel thanked Ambassador Goder for providing such rare historical document. He expressed happiness over it.

“The third world countries have not accepted democracy for economic development due to different context. Therefore, it is necessary to have debate whether economic development is possible in democratic system or authoritarian system,” late Koirala has stated in the speech, adding, “For lack of real opposition and psychological perfection, tyranny is popular even after freedom. The slow progress and struggling democratic system provides opportunity to authoritarianism, thereby inviting people’s aspiration for development.”

Advisor Pokhrel further informed that in his address, BP Koirala had stated that democracy was undergoing a test as a political system or life style in the third world countries.

Moreover, President Paudel expressed happiness over Israel’s assistance to Nepal in agriculture and cooperative sectors. He believed that such intimate relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries would continue in future.