The President, The Prime-minister and VIPs of Nepal at Osho Tapoban
It was a rare sight that the main gates of an Osho commune were guarded with some of the most experienced and highly trained security men of the country along with the media persons from all channels and newspapers. The traffic on the Balaju to Tapoban highway had been blocked for security reasons. As sannyasins at Tapoban were in their third stage of Dynamic meditation in the Buddha hall, the commune flocked with groups of commandos, sniffing dogs, special police force, military chiefs and ADCs who had come to ensure the security inside the commune premises.
For the first time in history, an Osho commune was being visited by The President, The Prime-Minister, The Cabinet of ministers and many other VIPs of the country. The auspicious occasion was to mark the 86th birthday of Former- Prime-Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and the inauguration of Tapoban’s first Hindi magazine.
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who is an Osho lover and a residential member at the commune had requested the commune management that his 86th birthday be celebrated at his favorite place.
On 13th December, as the guests started to arrive, the long list of VVIPs included President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Former-Prime minister and Maoist Party Chairman Prachanda, Former President of Nepal Congress Sushil Koirala, Former Nepal Congress Parliamentarian leader Ram Chandra Paudel, Former-Prime Ministers Surya Bahadur Thapa, Lokendra Bahadur Chand and Kirtinidhi Bista, Former Commander in Chief of Nepal Army Rookmangad Katuwal and two hundred other VIPs, diplomats and foreign ambassadors.
Regarding the contemporary political scenario of Nepal also, this was a historic event for the stakeholders of Nepalese politics. After the resignation of Maoist Chief Prachanda from the post of Prime Ministership few years ago, that was the first time that all these leaders were seen together at the same public function. Speaking during the function, Maoist Chief Prachanda said, “I look upon Kishun jee as a real democrat and I am thankful to Tapoban for organizing this meeting and giving me an opportunity to come here. Very few people know that during my student years, Osho’s books were the ones that I read the most. Communism and Osho complement each other.”
Past President Ram Baran Yadav who had been willing to come to Tapoban since a long time and had expressed this desire with Swami Arun called on for peace and said, “Let all the parties move together and let the peace prevail.” The president also lauded the contribution made by Bhattarai for the democracy movement in Nepal. “He dedicated all his life fighting for democracy,” he said.
Likewise, speaking at the function Prime-Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said that maybe it’s because Kishunjee frequents Tapoban so much that he has such a clean personality. After entering the commune premises he had said, “I had heard that Tapoban was doing a very good work and many foreigners come here and stay for months. Now that I am here I don’t feel like going back at all.” After inquiring about the commune and its programs he requested that he should be invited frequently and that he would love to come and participate. He further added that the peaceful environment at Tapoban could inspire all political leaders to take a peaceful path.
During the program Tapoban also had launched its first hindi magazine titled, Osho Tapoban which was released by Krishna Prasad Bhattarai along with Yes! Osho and Osho World that are published from India.