Publisher’s Note : Gorkhapatra synonym of newspaper
Nepal's first newspaper, the Gorkhapatra, has entered the 119th year. Published without a break for 118 years, the Gorkhapatra is such a newspaper that it is marked in the minds of the people as a synonym for communication. Saying a newspaper is the same as saying the Gorkhapatra.
The Gorkhapatra is, without doubts, the history of modern Nepal. It is also a reservoir of the country's written documents. The Gorkhapatra is not only the continuity of Nepali journalism, it is a living witness and proof of the ups and downs of Nepal over the 118 years.
Where was the Gorkhapatra in the past? In what situation is this daily today and where is it headed for the future? The future days will be more shining if the birthday of the country's oldest newspaper is remembered, evaluated, and analyzed.
While writing this note, the picture of the 761 federal, state and local governments is coming to view in a vivid manner. The idea of how to engage three million citizens in a dialogue about the mixed fare brought about by the government’s dynamism, citizenship awareness and information technology revolution is pestering. Not just in the homeland, how can Nepalis spread throughout the world can be part of this lively dialogue? This stark scenario is coming to view, too.
The citizens should get to read the news, views, and analyses at once in a single edition of the Gorkhapatra. Governments should communicate with the citizens to ensure the civil rights provided by the constitution. The Gorkhapatra should be the medium for this dialogue. In this sense, it is not necessary to repeat how important a mechanism and tool the Gorkhapatra is.
In the height of the family reign of the Ranas, it was a miraculous feat in itself for Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh of Bajhang to convince the authorities of the importance of communication in Nepali society and give birth to the Gorkhapatra. Therefore, it has been a daily routine since becoming the executive chairman of the Gorkhapatra to greet the statue of Singh in front of the corporation. In saluting him each day, responsibilities to be borne in accordance with the time, age, and circumstances come to mind. How can we keep the country's oldest publication in place as the first daily newspaper of choice among three million Nepalis? How can we make this heritage economically self-sufficient and co-workers working here strong, capable, self-esteemed and professional?
After the change of 046, in the context of having adopted a liberal open market, a long debate took place about whether the government should run a publishing house or not. Since the past six months as the executive chairman, it came to be known how important a public media is in a democracy!
The general election, held after the people promulgated their own constitution, elected governments that are now active in federal, provincial and local levels. Now every house has the government at its doorstep. The Gorkhapatra and its publications are the shared medium for dialogue reaching all the citizens in Nepal with the message of national unity, integrity and self-esteem as envisaged by federal loktantrik republican Nepal.
Gorkhapatra should be a carrier of enthusiasm, reconstruction and awakening while moving ahead in the big campaign of building a nation oriented to socialism for a ‘prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali’ in line with the Constitution. It is not enough for the Gorkhapatra to only sing the song of its old history. As a strong media, it will be the carrier of social transformation based on norms, values, beliefs and achievements accomplished through a long series of change in the country. Therefore, the Gorkhapatra is not just a job but a mission.
Today the Gorkhapatra has the responsibility to inform 30 million Nepali people about the construction and reconstruction going on from the nation’s capital to the remote municipalities and villages of the States. The Gorkhapatra has also been engaged in continuous dialogue with the Nepali speaking people all over the world.
Now Gorkhapatra will be published from all seven states and it will also cover all 753 local levels slowly and gradually. It will be a medium of communication for all levels of government to establish dialogue with the people on a daily basis by being published from their places.
Digitalisation and an online portal, with audio-visual capabilities, are the current priority of the Gorkhapatra Corporation. On the occasion of the National Journalism Day, we vow to develop the Gorkhapatra in a way that it could be read, viewed and listened through mobile apps. At last, hearty congratulations and best wishes to all, readers, writers, advertising agencies and other stakeholders!
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