By: Preety Chaudhary
New Delhi, December,2021:
His Excellency Ram Prasad Subedi Chargé d’affaires (acting ambassador) Embassy of Nepal inaugurated the first Nepali Library in New Delhi
It is well-known that language and literature play vital roles in preservation of culture and values in a society. The Nepali speaking community living in India has faced severe challenges to safeguard its language and culture given the hardship faced by the Nepali speaking community. Unfortunately, this community is also slowly losing its grip over its own language and culture. It is noticed in some cases that the Nepalese are not only hesitant to speak in Nepali language in India, but many a times they hide their true identity altogether thereby not being able to hold pride in their Nepaliness. This may have disastrous consequences for Nepali language, literature and culture in India.
Keeping this noble cause in mind and paying heed to the advice of the Nepali academic community spread across all over India, the first Nepali Library the “Everest Nepali Library” has been inaugurated today by His Excellency Ram Prasad Subedi CDA Embassy of Nepal in presence of various academicians educators teachers and representatives of various Nepali/ Gorkha organizations and well-wishers. The event was chaired by Yubraj Baral, President, President Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Welcoming the opening of a Library dedicated to Nepali Culture and Literature, His Excellency Ram Prasad Subedi Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of Nepal said that this initiative will go a long way in the promotion of rich Nepali cultural heritage; it will be a milestone in keeping the language alive for the future generations as the new generation is losing touch with their roots. He further said that though the Nepali language was included with other languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India as an official language, its use has been rather abysmal by the community and opening of the Nepali Library surely will help propagate the language and literature.
Sh. Yubraj Baral, President Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries in his inauguration address said that we would work together with the Nepali Embassy to make the Library a resource center to safeguard, promote and preserve the rich and proud Nepali history and culture by means of research, education and outreach.
Providing details of the facility, Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki, Convenor of Everest Nepali Library said that the Library can accommodate about 15,000 books. 35-40 people can use it at any given time in its well-furnished hall. He added that it will provide free service to all and will be open seven days of the week from 10 am to 6 pm. We request all to extend their support in this endeavor, he urged.
The library will be functional from Everest Chamber of Commerce and industry building located at D 71/C Biswakarma Colony, MB Road, Delhi. This has been possible due to support from Nepali/Gorkhali business community’s national body the Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries Delhi, and with the profound blessings from Acharya Balkrishna, the founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth and Hamro Swabhimam Trust.