LETTER: It’s a matter of joy

Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa has said that Nepal would remove the visa system on Chinese tourists visiting Nepal. It is a matter of joy as it will help boost Nepal’s declining tourism business. The reason behind the fact is after Indians, the Chinese are the highest number of travellers visiting the country. In the near future, there is a high chance for them overtaking the Indians as the highest numbers of tourists coming to the Himalayan nation, because they are the ones who spend the highest among all the tourists. Thapa also reciprocated China’s gesture of earthquake in Nepal with immediate effect. Since China has agreed to provide petroleum products and gas to Nepal, it’s now the duty of the Nepalese government to perform its part. The Nepal government should let the Chinese investors invest in all the major sectors, including the hydroelectricity, because China is an all-weather friend for Nepal. Besides Nepal should also promote Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. For this to happen, the government should work hard to bring peace in the Tarai region by resolving the Madhesi issues.

Pratik Shrestha, Kathmandu


With humble submission and due regards to the superfluous claim of his party’s triumph in Nepal by Mr. Dahal “UCPN-M has finally triumphed: Dahal” (THT, Dec 27, Page 3) I would like to mention that it is not absolutely true. If his party would have such strong influence on the nation, it would have never suffered from multiple factions in the past as well as in the present with numerous dissident leaders leaving the party due to the autocratic way in which Dahal runs his party as his personal property. I hope that he has learnt from the mistakes of the humiliating defeat he and his daughter suffered in the country due to alleged unpopularity and faulty policies as ex-PM that has ruined the nation and her unfortunate people. Running a revolution is much easier than properly administering the nation and progressing towards modernization, sustainability and socio-economic development. He should learn from the Myanmar leader Suu Kyi, if he understands what is meant by triumph of a popular political party in a nation. His frequent visits to China and numerous meetings with the agitating leaders of the south has not yielded anything for the ordinary people of Nepal to rejoice and has not provided any form of relief from perpetual hardships. On the other hand his family members made trips to China meant for the poor and unfortunate earthquake victims of the nation. Dahal should work towards development of the nation rather than making superfluous promises and flattering comments and trying to act as an universally accepted leader of the nation. Rather than always harping his egoistic national jingoism helping the nation to grow should be his priority.

Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada