I was very surprised to find out that Nepali government is in fact trying to narrow down the monument zones. I was very sorry to know that. In fact monument zones are one thing in this country which represent the Nepali civilisation. People often talk about Mt Everest but I think there is little to be proud of it as people’s creation. While the hundreds of small and big temples, vihars, chaityas and other idols which the people offer prayers even today, are indeed their heritage. The government should learn to respect it, rather than taking it only as a burden. I know, this is an ethnic problem. Had there been people from the Newari community in the government offices, they would respect it and even sacrifice their lives for preserving the monuments for the future generation. But as I know, most of the government officers are outsiders, whose sole aim for living here in the valley is to earn money. That is why we see so many illegal constructions. Even a child understands well that illegal things take place here only after the government staff are bribed. It should be discontinued.
As a foreigner, I can only say that it must be stopped and the monuments should be preserved. The government has not done anything though it is in the danger list for last one year. The civic society must be very strong to oppose the indifferent government officers. Julia Edwards, Now in Kathmandu
As the monarch has started political consultations with constitutional forces, every one opines that the dialogue with the parties and the King should be productive. However, differences have surfaced among the five parties over the conditions for any talks with the King, even though their leaders have said they would decide on the basis of a consensus. The political parties have to take immediate common agenda for audience with the King. Recently, the
representatives of the donor community have steered the need to come to an understanding between the political parties and the King to tackle the ongoing insurgency. We hope that leaders would take note of this.
Ramesh Neupane, Mahankal
I hope you will enlighten your readers about the fact that Laxman Prasad was only a judge of the Supreme Court instead of being a former chief justice as mentioned in your newspaper. He retired from the post on Jestha 2, 2059 BS.
Hemanta Rawal, Nepalgunj
The gossip and glamour news that your newspaper publishes has long been entertaining us. However, the readers are presented a little too much of pictures on scantily-clad women. The media, instead of glamorising such photos, need to serve the society through educative articles.
Sanjaya Khadka, via e-mail
There were some factual errors in the article titled “Celebrating Sakela” by D B Rai published on May 2. The word Sakela belongs to the Chamling Rai dialect and Sakewa to the Bantawa Rai dialect. Mundum is an ancient religious term and serves as the oral source of all religious recepts practiced by Kirant communities, but is not necessarily a religion in itself. Kirants call their religion “Kirant religion.” The Mangsir Purnima is a public holiday and not the Baisakh Purnima as mentioned.
K B Rai, Kathmandu