Pokhara, July 12
Speakers at a programme in Pokhara today urged the government to address a number of demands put forth by Dr Govind KC, who has launched a fast-unto-death in Jumla.
At an interaction organised by Civil Society Pokhara on ‘Save Dr Govind KC Campaign’, senior advocate Tilak Parajuli accused the government of making the situation more complex by deliberately ignoring the demands of the agitating doctor.
“A person who is fighting for a noble cause might die but we won’t forsake the cause that he has stood for,” he added.
Another senior advocate Bhupanidhi Panta criticised the government for ‘branding’ a doctor’s fight for a noble cause as authoritarian. “In fact, it looks absurd to hope that a government, which doesn’t hesitate to denigrate a man who is fighting for 30 million Nepalis, will ever do anything good for the common people,” he said, calling for the support of all to pile pressure on the government. Various other speakers including senior journalist Narayan Karki, Nepal Medical Association Gandaki Chair Dr Nirmal Lamichhane, among others also urged the government to table the previous medical education ordinance without any change and address the concerns of Dr KC.
A version of this article appears in print on July 13, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.