The onus is theirs

Apropos of the news report “Casino workers take to the streets” (THT, Oct 28), it is sad that the police raid, which should have been peacefully carried out, turned out to be an unpleasant

affair. Such incidents are likely to adversely affect the tourism industry. Nepalis are not permitted to gamble in casinos and the government has the authority to ensure compliance with the law. The least the casinos can do is to maintain transparency and cooperate with the

government on the implementation of laws. This will also help boost the casinos’ image, avoid harassment as well as promote business, and protect the interests of their 9000-odd employees.

J M Talachabhadell, Lalitpur

Act now

I wonder that even several weeks after the formation of the government, we are not heading anywhere. Nepalis were looking forward to better days as the Maoist-led government introduced new plans and policies. However, plans and policies so far introduced have hardly been able to redress injustices of the past. Not so long ago, the leaders of the major political parties said that the main problems Nepalis faced would be solved immediately after the CA polls. However, everything remains as usual. In spite of its several promises in the past, the CPN-Maoist has not returned the properties seized during the insurgency. It’s time words were put into action.

Dwaipayan Regmi, Biratnagar

Remove them

It has been learnt that the renovation of historic monuments has become a daunting task for the government largely due to the lack of money. However, one very basic principle for the maintenance and renovation of the archaeological monuments is to go back to history. It is a pity that the temples in the “Laay-koo” (Hanuman Dhoka palace complex) that were constructed by the Malla kings are now illuminated with electric lights. The Malla kings surely did not have plans to install electric wiring in these temples. I am happy to see the concrete wall near the Kal Bhairav statue in the same archaeological site has been demolished. The

mirrors and the wall-clocks do not require much money to be removed, either.

Rabi Manandhar, Kathmandu


Remembering Laxmi Prasad Devkota would not only be paying a tribute to him but also to the humanistic ideas that he propagated. It should be remembered that though be was born in a Brahmin family, he always denounced caste discrimination and praised greatness of the heart. Devkota should also be known to the world as it has known great literary figures of the West.

Arunakar B. Chand, via e-mail


This refers to the edit page article “Devkota birth centenary” (THT, Oct. 28). Recently I was working on a project to write about Laxmi Prasad Devkota. However, I found it difficult to finish the project for lack of information as no Nepali has bothered to write enough about the life and works of Devkota. I appreciate THT for devoting the editorial “Beyond lip-service” (THT, Oct 29) to paying a fit tribute to the great poet.

Prabal, Kathmandu