Martyrs Week Commences

In a poignant ceremony held at the Sukraraj Shashtri Memorial in Pachali of Teku, Kathmandu, Martyrs Week celebrations were inaugurated today to honor the indomitable spirit of those who sacrificed their lives during pivotal political movements in the country.

Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu, Sunita Dangol, led the commemorative event by offering a garland and laying wreaths at the statue of Shukraraj Shashtri, an iconic figure who was executed by hanging from a tree during the Rana regime for his unwavering commitment to democracy.

Reflecting on Shashtri’s multifaceted contributions, Dangol remarked that he was not only a political activist but also deeply interested in literature, leaving an indelible mark on the quest for freedom. She paid tribute to the countless individuals who had laid down their lives in the pursuit of political freedom from the autocratic Rana oligarchy.

“Martyrs’ Day is a solemn occasion observed on the 16th of Magh every year in Nepal, dedicated to the memory of brave souls like Shukraraj Shastri, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand, and Ganga Lal Shrestha,” Dangol emphasized. These martyrs were executed by the Rana rulers on various dates in the month of Magh in 1997 BS for rebelling against the oppressive Rana autocracy.

The week-long Martyrs Week celebrations include a series of programs and memorial assemblies aimed at paying heartfelt tributes to these freedom fighters. As the nation collectively remembers the sacrifices made for democracy, the events serve as a reminder of the enduring spirit that continues to inspire the pursuit of liberty and justice in Nepal.


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