Tribute to K.B. Khadka



Losing our senior K. B. Khadka is one of the most difficult moments we have gone through. As we are writing this eulogy, we realize how fortunate we the Bhutanese in exile were to have him with us. There are no appropriate words to express his influence in our community, despite difficulties and hardships that we have gone through the long stay in eastern Nepal.

Perfectly he was not a politician but certainly a leader, a community organizer. Khadka was hardworking, strong, loving, and gentle. He loved his family – the larger family of Bhutanese exiles – and was deeply devoted to their wellbeing. He truly believed that if you worked hard, treated people right, and with a little luck from God, you could have a good Life.

In precise, he was a driving force behind leading the Bhutanese exiles into the internet super highway and computer education, the most essential ingredient of this net-savvy world.

We remember how he dared to face challenges while in supporting media in exile during intricacies. Association of Press Freedom Activists regards him as most fierce backbone in guiding us to get insidious to complex refugee community. It is through his example that we learned to be journalists, defenders of press freedom and advocates for protection of right to information.

Although Khadka may never have said it out loud we know that he was truly proud of his community where he grew up. Most Bhutanese rested their faith on Khadka in getting many complicated social disputes, politics at times. He meaningfully and tactfully handled all those glitches.

He showed strength and love right up until his last days with us. We miss his able leadership, friendly chats, parentally guide and above all encouragement and love. We have fewer words with us to deplore and condemn the inhuman wrath. Obviously, the murders in our view lack human feelings and sentiments. All prayers are for his departed soul and a peaceful place in heaven.

K. B. Dai, we shall never forget the benevolence that you bestowed on us and your words will continue to guide us in our endeavor, especially during threats in reporting.

I.P Adhikari
APFA-Bhutan & Bhutanese Media Family in Exile

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