Press Release : DC Protest Rally against Indian Land Encroachment
A united Nepali front,
known as the “Nepalis for Nepal’s Territorial Integrity”, consists of Nepali community members, representing many Nepali
organizations throughout the United states of America, has completed a protest
rally in Washington DC on Sunday, December 15, 2019 with a huge success.
The rally started in the
Lafayette park, Infront of the White House and ended with protest march to the
Indian Embassy at the Dupont circle.
The Two and half block
long Nepalis marching as human chain with a loud and coordinated slogans
against the land encroachments by India on the street of Washington DC, and more
than a dozen police escorted traffic, and clapping public with thumbs up was a
spectacle and bewilderment of the passing by Americans.
The rally was
participated by almost each and every community leader in the greater DC area
and was fully supported by most major Nepali organizations throughout the
United States of America.
The rally has once again
proven, we, Nepalis can unite and speak in one voice in America when it comes
to the interest of Nepal and Nepali people.
Those of us who have
organized event of this magnitude know very well that assembling large number
of people in an organized way require lots of preparations and support of many
people, and this event too was no different. The success of this event was only
possible because of the dedicated and committed community leaders throughout
the US, particularly in the grater DC area.
On behalf of the
“Nepalis for Nepal’s territorial integrity” and as an initiator of the protest,
I would like to acknowledge the contribution and the leadership of the
Kulmani Acharya was very
instrumental in leading the effort locally, including obtaining the protest
permit and helping organize the protest as one of the key leaders.
Khagendra Adhikari has
tirelessly worked from the day one, which started almost three weeks prior to
the event until the day of the protest, and even now, in every aspects of the
protest, including the permit, as one of the key leaders of this event.
DJ Gorkhali was engaged from
day one and contributed on managing logistics, fundraise as well as,
coordinating with Zen Travel to sponsor the Banners and placard, which added a
great value to the protest.
Dr. Diwakar Dahal too
was involved in organizing the event from day one and contributed to the
protest by providing various logistic and documentation supports remotely from
St. Louis, Missouri.
Bijay Bhattarai was
another remote leader, who contributed to the protest cause on marketing and
logistic side from the beginning to the end even by physically being in Texas.
Binay Aryal, the NESEA
president, Balaram Panthi, the ANMA president, Bimal Nepal, the former NASEA
President, Krishna C. Shrestha, NESEA Gen secretary’s support from the day one
until the completion was also a show of solidarity between us.
The team also
acknowledges, Subodha Bilas Pant, the BANA President for full BANA support and
by letting us use BANA’s name when required during the process, and
facilitating the BANA resource center for the Panel discussion event on
We further acknowledge
Kedar Timsina, the ANHS president for his and his organization’s dedicated
support on community outreach, and other greater Washington DC area leaders who
have played a similar or greater role in reaching out to the community members.
The protest committee
also acknowledges the volunteers for helping maintain flow of the protest and
supporting the march in various ways, and greater DC area residents, and others,
who came from different states, for taking time out from their busy life and
participating in the rally despite adverse weather.
We must recognize the
people who supported us financially as well as the Zen Travel and Suraj Basnet
for sponsoring the event by printing all banners and placards.
Finally, media always
plays a vital role in getting out the message. We recognize the invaluable and
outstanding role of Bijay and Biswo Thapa (eNepalese news) for their relentless
campaigning in reaching out to the Nepali community locally, as well as,
globally. Beside eNepalese news, we also acknowledge the contribution of Parashuram
Bhandari and Khem Bhattachan (DC Nepal), and Ram Pd. Khanal (Nepal Mother dot
com) for their role in media coverage of this event.
Our gratitude and thanks
to each and every one of the individuals and organizations mentioned above and
others who may have been left out inadvertently, for their respective role to
successfully organize the protest against the Indian encroachments of the
- Roger Adhikari
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