Resurrect parliament

There is no sign of resolution of the crisis even after the rendezvous between the King and the leaders of the five parties owing to the failure to decide on how to bring back the constitutional process back on its track. Moreover, the two largest parties are divided over the method of restoration of the constitutional process. The NC wants to restore the dissolved House of Representatives, where as the CPN (UML) interprets it as a secondary issue. Moreover, pointing towards the pressure that the parties are imposing on him to reinstate the parliament, the King has diplomatically asked the parties not to urge him to take any unconstitutional step. Forming an all-party government even under a consensus candidate would not put the constitutional process back on track. However, the revival of the then elected Parliament alone is the sole solution to resolve the crisis. Appointment of a prime minister and formation of new government without resurrecting the parliament is no way different from courting the bygone feudal system. In the light of this fact, the revival of the dissolved parliament alone constitutes the final and sure-fire solution. Any government formed on the mandate of the parliament represents the people. Thus, it could effectively handle the issues regarding the insurgency or whatever. It would be an act of constitutional impropriety, if the parties advise the King to appoint their “consensus candidate” as the prime minister. The government that is formed through the parliament is the real government. Thus let’s end up to the resurrection of the dissolved House of Representatives to bring back life to the constitution and resolve the ongoing crisis.

Yadav Khanal, Tripureswar

Shining Sonia

“Sonia Shining” seems to be a very befitting answer to the BJP’s multi-million rupee advertisement extravaganza in domestic and foreign media on “India Shining “. Sonia worked hard against so many odds posed by the BJP and other detractors, considering how reclusive she has been in the recent past. Having won the House with her aides and political partners, she went on to set an unprecedented example by denying herself the coveted post of PM. In political history, or perhaps of the world, it is a rare example. On the contrary, Vajpayee’s unexplained silence over his senior colleagues’ uttering abuse on her, during the election and later making mockery of her being of foreign origin, makes his economic achievements, rather dim in the eyes of the subcontinent. Silence is a consent to all this and this surely has undermined his stature.

Vishnu Rajouria, Kathmandu

It works

Rectifying the wrong perception regarding the extent to which young students are hooked on to alcohol has been proved to be an effective way to reduce the consumption and its abuse. Most of the students going off to college believe that “everyone” is drinking heavily and abusing alcohol. This “reign of error” is one of the most consistently-found facts in social research. The wrong perception could be given up.

Nipun Regmi, via e-mail

Good one

“Abnormal, am I?”, the Midway article by Prerana Marasini, was a gem of an article after quite some time. The way the writer has opined and expressed is quite beautiful. The sophisticated views and frustrations expressed in simple way is quite plausible. Readers expect more of such beautiful articles.

Swagat Raj Pandey, via e-mail