Give freshers a chance

Advertisements inviting applications to fill vacancies in schools, colleges and various institutions fill the newspaper pages, including the THT’s. It has to be acknowledged that such ads give an opportunity for everyone to compete for the job. People from different backgrounds get an equal opportunity to fight for the slots. At a time when the

country is gripped by severe unemployment crisis, these advertisements come

as a relief.

However, I am taken aback by the fact that few of them consider taking in fresh

graduates or other inexperienced applicants. I fail to understand that without

being given a chance to compete, how will the fresh graduates acquire experience? Nobody is born with experience. Everybody is a beginner. But why is it that no one wants to give them a chance? How can they gain experience to be able to shoulder greater responsibilities in the future?

Rajen Budhathoki,

Sanishare-9, Jhapa

Rich culture

This refers to the article “Cultural identity,” published in THT on May 2. Vijaya Chalise rightly points out that Nepal is home to a diverse culture. That means we are rich in cultural diversity. There are as many cultures as there are different communities in Nepal. Our past was no less colourful than it is now.

Owing to cultural domination from the West, many people find it fashionable to ignore

domestic culture, which is unfortunate. That has contributed to dilute the

domestic practices. It is not wrong to embrace other cultures. The West has its own strengths, peculiarities and reputation. That is not to say that the domestic culture is unimportant, unfashionable and insipid. There are enough Westerners who have found that the Nepali culture is one of the richest and that it needs to be preserved despite all kinds of cross-cultural influences percolating down to different areas in Nepal. It would be shameful for the Nepalis themselves to forget their own cultural significance while outsiders find it so luring.

It is important that people from all kinds of cultural backgrounds must not forget their own vis-à-vis the culture of others.

Sarina Subedi, Janakpur

Well done

The Nepali cricket team has been steadily performing well in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ACC Fast Track Countries’ Tournament.

Despite the rain playing a spoilsport, our boys did really well on the pitch. Binod Das’ career best of 6 wickets for 29 runs was a superb performance. If the team can

perform at this pace in the days to come, Nepali cricket has a bright future. Even the

Under-15 team has been putting up an impressive performance. We can only hope it all improves. Cricket is emerging as a popular sport along side soccer.

Prajwal Upreti, Kathmandu

No strikes

The educational strike has become a tool to protest against almost anything in Nepal. But it needs to be stopped as it is hampering the students. For example, as pointed by your editorial “Spare schools,” published on May 2, students in many districts were compelled to take SLC exam after going to school for 110 days out of 220 workdays. One can very well imagine the state of the mind of students who took exams without full preparations. Monday’s educational strike may have been for a different cause, but closing down educational institutes is affecting the education sector more than anything else.

Preeti Chettri, Kathmandu