Ottawa, Canada – 08 July 2006: Renowned Canadian mountaineer, Andrew Brash, who helped save Australian Lincoln Hall in the Mount Everest, said that the Himalayas present extreme challenges that humble any seasoned mountaineer but a spontaneously presented human tragedy that made him abandon his climb to help save another person has profoundly affected his life afterwards. He was speaking on Friday at a program in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.
Canada Forum for Nepal, a Canadian organization that focuses on scholarly exchanges between Canada and Nepal on contemporary issues of Nepal, organized a multifaceted cultural evening, “Himalayan Heartbeat: Nepal Cultural Evening” on 07 July 2006. More than 180 people were present, including former Foreign Minister Hon Flora MacDonald, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific Hon David Kilgour and many other prominent Canadians.
As principle guest, Andrew Brash presented a breathtaking landscape of Nepal and spectacular scenery of his personal journey from Kathmandu to near the summit of Mount Everest. The video footage and slides of his journey vividly presented how humbling the experience of climbing Mount Everest is. He touched the hearts of the audience with the story of Lincoln Hall’s rescue and the feelings the rescue brought to Andrew. Brash touched on the idea that Nepal should focus on building a just and equitable society.
Nepal Specialist – Richard Harmston, said there are four major players (Seven Party Alliance, the Maoists, the King and the civil society) internally and three major players internationally operating in Nepal. Among the international players, he viewed the role of UN as positive and that of the USA and India as questionable when it comes to being independent brokers of peace in Nepal. He was of the opinion that an equitable society can take the country much further in a positive direction than leaving the wealth in “King’s basement.” He added, inclusive and accommodative approach is where Nepal should focus and Canada should help facilitate this process.
In his welcome speech, a founding member of Canada Forum for Nepal, Pramod Dhakal said that Nepalese people have brought historic and unprecedented changes in the political and social landscape of Nepal in recent months but the peace is fragile and volatile. He asked the audience to help build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Nepal by being part of the Canada Forum for Nepal. He said that like in any country the key to realize permanent progress in Nepal remains in igniting the internally available human energy of the country.
Nepalese youth artists performed beautiful dances that spell bounded the audience and a movie “Ujeli: A Child Bride in Nepal” was screened, which presented a very poignant theme of social justice to the audience. Also there was a spectacular display of Nepalese arts and crafts in the Nepali bazaar.
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published in: KantipurOnline.com, 17 July 2006 | janaandolan.com, 18 July 2006 | nepalnews.com, 10 July 2006 | StarArticle.com, UK, 10 July 2006 | MachhaPuchreFM.com | Nerve.in | DailyIndia.com, 10 July 2006 | India eNews.com, 13 July 2006