Tribute paid to Shailaja

NEW DELHI: Indian political leaders and members of civil society today paid tribute to late Shailaja Acharya in a programme organised by Nepal Democracy Solidarity Committee in the Indian capital. The participants recalled the moments they had with Acharya and her struggle for democracy.

Former Minister of State for External Affairs of India Shri Digvijay Singh described Acharya as a great fighter. Mohan Prakash,INC leader, said, “Acharya was among a very few fighters who participated in the democratic movement from the beginning and was able to achieve it in their own life time.” He said,”She was also a link for the socialist movements between India and Nepal.”

Shantosh Bharati, an aide to India’s former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, said he was impressed by the level of the political discourse that Acharya had with Chandra Shekhar. Nepali Congress leader Pradeep Giri recalled his political association with Acharya in the 60’s when they were students at the BHU.

Prof. DP Tripathi,General Secretary, Nepal Democracy Solidarity Committee and journalist Anand Swarup Barma also remembered late Acharya. Tripathi said, “Acharya’s crusade against the tyrant rule and commitment to democracy will serve as a source of inspiration for the entire South Asian region.” A group of Nepali diaspora and the representatives of the NC affiliated Nepali Jansamparka Samiti also paid tribute to the departed soul.

Acharya, niece of Nepal’s legendary leader BP Koirala, came into the political limelight in the 60’s when she waved a black flag against the then King Mahendra for usurping power. Acharya, the first female Deputy PM of Nepal, died on June 12.