House in disorder
Being a frequent and longtime visitor to Nepal, I feel sad to read about the worsening political
scenario in the country. Loadshedding, agitation, murders and too much politics seem to have made the lives of Nepalis almost difficult. I believe that Nepalis should put their house in order first. Chances of investment are likely to decline in the absence of the availability of power, which would have a negative impact on the lives of millions of Nepalis. The
government should therefore prioritise generating hydropower, and mobilise the country’s fresh and bright minds in building the much needed infrastructure for development and progress.
W Landstra, The Netherlands
Amidst the gloom of heightening tension between political parties, there is finally room for
optimism. I congratulate Himalmedia for showing the courage to file a legal case against the alleged miscreants. Hopefully, this episode will bring an end to the practice of unfair treatment for workers and fabrication of news by media houses to serve ulterior interests. Meanwhile, the row between the Judicial Council member, Moti Kazi Sthapit, and Law Minister Dev Gurung has raised serious concern. Political leaders and public servants are both expected to abide by constitutional values. The CPN-Maoist has recently come under heavy fire from the opposition parties for its failures on several fronts. It is advisable that the Maoists instruct its cadres to exercise restraint in order to be able to regain public sympathy which definitely seems to be tilting in favour of other parties.
Adarsha Tuladhar, via e-mail
The recent attack on Himalmedia and the disturbances at Kantipur Publications are suggestive of the Maoist government’s disregard for press freedom. Many questions were raised when the Maoists were brought into the political mainstream. Nepalis, however, gave them the
benefit of the doubt. But recent activities have definitely put the Maoists in a bad light, at home and abroad.
Samir Bhattarai, Kathmandu
This refers to the NTC’s new scheme for students. While NTC has been distributing SIM cards for Rs 510, the network connections are bad as ever. NTC attributes the worsening network
connections to extended hours of load shedding. If that is the case, NTC should stop selling more SIM cards, as the load shedding hours are not expected to be cut down anytime soon. Instead of selling more and more SIM cards to maximise its profits, NTC needs to focus on the quality of their services.
Prakash Bhattarai, Baluwatar, Kathmandu
Even after the inception of the republican system, there still remains uncertainty as to whether the peace process will finally come to a logical conclusion. The political parties should concentrate on writing a new constitution. Violence and anarchy still prevail. Nepalis had great expectations of the Maoist-government. It is time they delivered.
Anjan Gurung, Pokhara