Gorkha Bicentennary Mahotsav ends with Pawan Chamling’s pep talk

Dehradun: The four-day Gorkha Bicentennary Mahotsav culminated on Sunday with a glittering evening programme in which Sikkim chief minister, Pawan Chamling, was the chief guest. Speaking at the occasion, Chamling congratulated the community for its achievement. He also gave a pep talk especially targeted at the youth. “Wake up early and give more time to school and education. That is the only way our community can grow and achieve great heights.” He also had a piece of advise for parents: “Make sure your daughters are encouraged to study and do not get them married till they are 25 years old.”

Earlier, the Sikkim CM reached the venue, Mahender ground in Garhi Cantt to a rousing reception by the over 6000-strong crowd. Addressing the audience, he spoke about the identity crisis that Gorkhas had been facing. “I have been CM for five times but still face this line: he is from Nepal. To this I reply that we Gorkhas have been here since the time of Gautam Buddha. We have a centuries-old connection with India where the community has contributed in all spheres. The only way to beat the identity crisis is through education,” he said.

Chief Minister of sikkim Mr. Pawan Chamling
Chief Minister of sikkim Mr. Pawan Chamling – a file photo

Chamling also gave emphasis on the need for promoting entrepreneurship in the community. “Youngsters must skill themselves to become entrepreneurs rather than joining the service industry.”

The rapturous crowd lapped up every piece of advice that the CM doled out, loudly clapping and cheering his speech. The CM, too, was all praise for Dehradun and the historical significance of the Khalanga battle fought here. “After watching the laser show depicting the cultural history of the Gorkha community and the great Khalanga battle, I feel that the young generation should be made aware about it. This episode in our history also shows the centuries-old connection we have with India.”

Visitors also enjoyed cultural performances including the Khukri dance performed by Gorkha soldiers, a stimulating laser show as well as delicacies available at the ongoing Gorkha mela.

Source: Timesofindia

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