Vice President Paramananda Jha was the chief guest at the celebration of the 237th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. The Nepalese Army Band entertained guests at Ambassador Peter W. Bodde’s residence. In his remarks to his guests, Ambassador Bodde noted that, “During this time when Nepal is facing elections and drafting a constitution, it is worth remembering that the establishment of democracy in America did not happen overnight. Eleven years passed between the time of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of our Constitution.”
Ambassador Bodde further said, “As a long-time friend of Nepal, I want to stress that holding free and fair elections soon is the best way to ensure a democratic, prosperous and inclusive Nepal. Elections are essential for democracy, as are respect for individual rights, a free press, and a vibrant civil society. After an election date is announced, we stand ready to assist you. We will continue to work side by side with you on improving democracy and governance and on challenges such as education and gender equity. ”
Senior Nepali government and political leaders, members of civil society, academia, the business community, representatives of diplomatic missions based in Nepal, and members of the press were present at the celebration.