By Robert S. Kittel
Nov. 19, 2016
Sankhu, Nepal—The former Prime Minister of Nepal, H.E. Madhav Kumar Nepal, emphasized that his country needed to protect their valued family traditions where three or even four generations living together is normal.
Speaking to Nepalese lawmakers, businessmen, religious and civil society leaders, and hundreds of couples from the village Sankhu just outside the capital, Kathmandu, he stressed, “In the eastern societies, in Nepal society also, living together in the family is our culture. We have to protect the family. Everything begins from the family. If the families are strong, the nation will be strong.”
The event took place on Saturday, November 19th — the day after MK Nepal’s own 36th wedding anniversary. He was speaking on to an audience of over 1,300 people who came to rededicate their marriages in an interfaith marriage festival.
Other members of parliament who spoke echoed these concerns. Two-time Minister of the Government of Nepal, Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, highlighted the importance of lineage, saying, “A good lineage is an asset to the nation; a bad lineage full of promiscuity, prostitution, alcohol abuse and criminality is a burden to society.”
The program was sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) of Nepal. UPF is an NGO in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.