Hitting the right note
Your editorial “77 dream songs” (THT, Oct. 13) regarding the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) hit the nail on the head. Even as the UN sloganeering continues unabated, important issues like corruption and bad governance go unnoticed.
This is especially true of Nepal, which has been dancing to the tunes of the UN since the early 1970s. So much so that Nepal is often described as a virtual colony surviving on international aid. It would greatly help the country’s cause — not to mention that of the foreign delegates that assembled in Kathmandu — to know what good foreign aid has been in helping alleviate poverty and meet the MDG targets under the Maoists’ “governance” for the last 10 years.
Madhukar SJB Rana, Jawalakhel
The much-touted summit talks are in progress. There is a glimmer of hope that the talks will succeed. But even the legitimacy of the two sides comes under a cloud of suspicion.
The government has no mandate while the Maoists, in clear violation of the ceasefire code of conduct, continue their violent activities like murder, abduction and extortion. It is not necessary that all disputes are settled in a day but there should, at least, be a clear commitment from both the sides.
Sanket Aryal, BE student, Kathmandu University
Take a stand
The US package for the relocation of some 60,000 refugees has sparked a big debate. While some refugees have heartily welcomed the US initiative, others are not even willing to consider it. Still others have already obtained Nepali citizenship. Hence the resettlement has become a tricky business.
While most of the young refugees are quite happy to go to the US, most of the elderly citizens want to return home. Here, India’s role becomes very important. Thanks to the 1949 peace treaty between India and Bhutan, the latter’s foreign policy is guided by the former. Though the refugees have forwarded a number of appeals and memoranda to the Indian government, their pleas are yet to be heard.
The likes of the US and UNHCR have proposed third-country settlement as they sense the improbability of dignified repatriation of the refugees. But the ultimate decision rests with the Nepali government. It is about time it came up with a national commission that includes members of the civil society to find an amicable solution to the refugee crisis. Nepal should take a firm stand on the issue, which, in turn, will help prevent divisions within the refugees.
T P Mishra, President, Third World Media Network, Bhutan Chapter
The top leaders of major political parties are involved in intense discussions to resolve contentious issues. But little progress seems to have been made so far. I think these people just want to prolong the talks to hold on to power.
Niraj Shrestha, Morang
THT has become popular. The diversity of news is one of the main reasons. You should expand your circulation beyond a few towns to most parts of the country.