A country of natural panorama, birthplace of Lord Buddha and a homeland of strenuous, friendly and multicultural people, Nepal has its own stature in international community.
Nepalese people, though government has its own initiatives and effort to establish diplomatic relations with other countries, have contributed extensively to promote identity of Nepal and Nepalese people in international arena. Every year, a large number of Nepalese people get into abroad in pursuit of higher education, business and other kind of opportunities.
United States of America has become a most prioritized destination of opportunities for many Nepalese students, business entrepreneurs and immigrants; and Dallas Forth Worth metropolis welcomes increasing number of them annually. Most of the Nepalese people here in the US do not only share common aspiration but also share a same kind of obstacles that are encountered in the process of advancing ahead. How to help fellow friends from Nepal out of such obstacles (?); how to share views and stretch opportunities of advancement (?); and more importantly how to build a common identity, advance ahead as united and build a common consensus that united we could achieve our aspiration that are epitomized on us from our families and country back at home (?). Some of the pioneers in and around DFW metropolis envisioned the necessity of community of Nepalese people so that we could share our views, problems and help fellow Nepalese people out of their problems. Such sacred feeling of unity and cooperation among each other heralded a concept of Nepalese Society, Texas in the midst of 1998.
The initiation of Nepalese Society, Texas began with the serious discussion that sought a crystal clear concept that Nepalese people of DFW want a formal community that could become formal platform of discussion among Nepalese people and also could represent Nepalese people of DFW in and outside the United States. The high community spirit that was sought by pioneers finally concluded to set a thirteen member ad-hoc committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Hari Dev Joshi. This committee was given crucial task to finalize organizational structure, legally establish organization and hold election for the key positions. The ad-hoc committee completed its task of founding formal community of Nepalese people and it held election to elect executive committee of Nepalese Society, Texas on Vijaya Dashami of 1999, the great festival of Nepalese people. A seventeen member executive committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Sudip Raj Sharma was elected and on the very auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami party, the ad-hoc committee officially handover all executive powers to newly elected committee.
After the establishment of community, the most imperative tasks were to strengthen the foundation of this community and prove the significant of formally achieving community of our own. Therefore the challenges accepted by the first elected committee was highly appreciated and that community proved its stamina when it successfully rallied Nepalese people to celebrate several cultural programs including mass celebration of couple of Dasain Festivals. During the leadership of Mr. Sharma, Nepalese society took its route of gradual development. Several film festivals were organized, a Bikram Era calendar was published and several prominent political leaders from Nepal were invited to discuss problems of Nepalese people living here in US and what Nepalese people could help Nepal for better governance and economical and social opportunities to fellow Nepalese people back at home. After the completion of two-year tenure in 2001, a new executive committee of seventeen members was elected under the chairmanship of Mr. Baikuntha Bikram Thapa on the occasion of Vijaya Dasami of 2001.
The second executive committee of young and energetic people leaded NST successfully following footsteps of the first elected committee and established NST among Nepalese people. Participation of community members was record high in each program organized by NST. Beside the regular festival celebration, top level Nepali artists like Madan Krishna Shrestha, Hari Bamsha Acharya, Deep Shrestha, 1974 AD, Ram Krishna Dhakal, Nabin Bhattarai, Kunti Moktan and more performed in DFW. This committee also raised fund of $3306.00 to help landslide and flood victims in Nepal. As community is growing up day-by-day with divergent issues that encompass strengthening community consensus, bridging gulf between generations that have become very much rampant and more importantly transmit and preserve our language and cultural identity here in United States, some enthusiastic, dynamic and dedicated young people started a kind of campaign to achieve consensus among Nepalese community and lead NST towards new direction. This vocal is represented in the third executive committee that was elected under the chairmanship of Mr. Baikuntha Bikram Thapa on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami of 2003.
This executive committee with seventeen members (mostly new members) has collectively espoused several objectives and prioritizes them so that those objectives could be achieved as scheduled. Such objectives include comprehensive presentation of NST activities through website so that Nepalese people here in US and back in Nepal and others who are interested on what we are doing and achieving as we are advancing ahead easily get information. The next objective was to publish two magazines annually with community activities. In order to bridge relations among people, the committee had also set to work towards sports and culture club. And more importantly, this committee has envisioned to establish a school for Nepalese children to teach them Nepalese language and culture. Besides that, this committee organized one of the successful ANA conventions in DFW. All together 3000 participants were visited this convention.
The current committee led by Prem Adhikarii, is setting objectives of institutionalizing NST and its activities. This newly elected committee is currently energizing Nepalese community here in
DFW to engage in a long-term project like NST Office, a Nepali Language and Cultural School and its continuity with effectiveness, and generate resources to establish Nepalese Cultural Center and Religion- Â“TempleÂ”. This committee will keep its effort to bring the community together to provide help for those who are in real need.
Nepalese community in DFW is very much diverse and this diversity is represented in the present executive committee of NST. The optimum interest of NST is to develop common consensus among us, develop mutual relation and preserve our cultural identity. Therefore, in this incipient phase the expectation of NST from each of us is very much high and we could contribute to flourish NST and achieve its objectives in one way and another. Once we succeed in establishing NST in Nepalese community and set a right direction for future advancement, we would see how NST as representative of DFW Nepalese community contribute to fulfill our expectation.