End of DV lottery

Apropos of the news story “Trump, US senators seek to slash legal immigration” (THT, August 4, Page 10), the news mentions that an immigration bill in the US seeks to end DV lottery.

President Trump is absolutely in the right to import only the best and the brightest immigrants to make America great again. Any wise and nationalistic leader would do this for his country.

While the end of DV will disappoint many in Nepal, it is not the end of the world. Nepalese have a golden opportunity to take a page from Trump’s book and work to make their impoverished country great.

In fact, Nepalese from all walks of life, especially doctors and engineers, must be barred from leaving the country for long studies or work as their service is indispensable to make the country walk properly on the path of improvement of public health and reconstruction of houses flattened by nature’s fury in April and May of 2015.

Among many other benefits, it will also help in mitigating severe labour shortage in the country, especially after the devastating April 2015 quake. NRA reports harp endlessly on shortage of labour for dead pace of reconstruction.

The end of DV regime will also help our friend and ally, America, in handpicking only the best and brightest Nepalese, who, because of their Western ways of life and upbringing, are brooding misfits in the country. Such people can make a huge contribution to make America great again. These are the people who are already in America for studies and work for years. Some of them are more American than Americans, relishing steaks and pizzas for breakfast, lunch and dinner instead of dal-bhat and listening to Barbados born Rihanna instead of Resham filili.

Rather than using blind lotteries such as DV for granting green cards to under-represented people, America could select people from among the TPS holders in the US for legal immigration to under-represented Nepalese community. Obviously these are the Nepalese who are likely to be more at home with American way of life. Most of them would be like fish out of water in the tainted waters of their native land.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu


I am writing this to share one interesting and subtle thing on how a family magazine helps us to be a family committed person. Or if I may say so a responsible family person or man. For the last few days I have been reading a family magazine here in our city Melbourne. I have been stupendously inspired by what it takes to safeguard the family matters in a more prudent manner. The magazine carries out several articles about why kids do not like to go to school. What is discouraging them from being socially cohesive? There are so many issues that are connected to family wellbeing. I think in Nepal if we promote magazines of this kind there would be less domestic violence. The pool of the cases of domestic violence contributes to increasing the amount of national violence.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne