I, recently, happened to go to the Tribhuwan International Airport to receive my family members coming from abroad. As I had reached a bit earlier, the security personnel asked me to wait in the waiting area (room). I entered the waiting area and looked around. It was packed with men and women of all ages. The waiting room had an information screen, displaying arrival status of airlines. There were also two screens (one was off though), showing images of passengers and crew members entering the terminal after getting down from the airplane. It also had chairs placed for people’s (waiting) comfort. However, to my utter dismay, I found the floor messy. Bottles of water, packets and wrappers of chocolates and other readymade edibles were littered around and people were spitting on the floor without any sign of guilt. That was a glaring example of complete dearth of civic sense among people. That made me think, how easily people blame the government for things not done as per people’s ways forgetting one’s own role and responsibilities towards nation building.
Niraj Rai, Shantinagar, Kathmandu
Rajendra Gurubacharya has praised the use of police force to bulldoze people’s houses so that motorists can drive conveniently in his letter “Beneficial” (THT, July 5, Page 8). He has also said that the houses were built illegally. How does he know that they were built illegally? The Lazimpat area was densely built up a long time before 1977. Also, the bulldozers have proved that the right to property, which is one of the most basic of human rights guaranteed by the constitution, can be cancelled by a simple rule made by the traffic police. My faith in the rule of law has just evaporated.
T Manandhar, Kathmandu
This is with reference to “The Ethiopian experience” (THT, July 6, Page 8) by Manish Gyawali. The reality in today’s Ethiopia is that there is no ethnic federalism. It is all a facade. There is a minority ethnic hegemony. How can a country where 90% of the power, both civilian and military, be in the hands of a minority ethnic group and still be called an Ethnic federalism? The Ethiopian experience, if anything, can show how a minority ethnic group can pretend to provide bogus democracy by having all other major ethnic groups to go at each other. Thereby prolonging there rule. The sad truth is that when they are gone, and they will, the country is predictably in huge turmoil.
THT Online Shameless
This refers to “CPN-M.
Secretary says seized land not to be returned” (THT, July 5, Page 6). The CPN- Maoist leaders has said that they will not return the seized properties of the innocent citizens at any cost. Is this not the full “jungle raj”? Is this Prajatantra or the “Chhada Tantra”? The Maoists have become shameless by saying they would not return the seized land and property to the rightful owners.
Rajendra Gurbacharya, Kathmandu