Clearing the air

Apropos of the news report “Prachanda plans big for honeymoon period” (THT, Sept 3), the Maoist-led government has been able to create a semblance of peace and progress in the country. But Prime Minister Prachanda, who is now preparing for his first political trip to New Delhi, could certainly brush up on his diplomatic skills. The new PM should understand that displeasing our neighbours, especially India with which Nepal shares deep cultural and economic ties from ancient times, can jeopardise the whole peace process. Given Prachanda’s political acumen, I am sure he will be able to clear the misunderstanding in the South Block regarding his China trip.

Manit Deokota,

Sukkedhara, Kathmandu

Hard sell

This refers to the news report “Prachanda plans big for honeymoon period” (THT, Sept 3). I appreciate Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s keenness to reinvestigate the June, 2001 royal massacre. The official version of the then crown prince Dipendra gunning down his own flesh and blood has been hard to buy for common Nepalis. The new government needs to unmask the real culprits behind the shootings.

Karuna Sharma,

Thapathali, Kathmandu

Good signs

Following the formation of new cabinet, Nepalis expect a marked improvement in law and order situation in the country. Home Minister Bamdev Gautam’s promise to initiate dialogue with armed groups in Tarai certainly bodes well, “Law and order will improve in six months” (THT, Sept 3).

Despite the claims of past governments, security situation worsened instead of improving during their tenure. The new Home Minister will hopefully empower the security

agencies to take on criminals to bring about a meaningful change in law and order

situation of the country.

Amit Sharma, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu

Bad to worse

This is in reference to the news report “Pending cases on rise in courts” (THT, Sept 3). It is sad that the courts have failed to settle pending cases as envisioned in the five-year strategic plan. Since the plan was put into practice, the number of pending cases has only gone up. If the shortage of judges is delaying the delivery of justice, the government needs to appoint new judges immediately as a part of its judicial reform process. The effectiveness of judicial

system ultimately determines the kind of democracy the country enjoys.

Rajesh Pandey, Ghattekulo, Kathmandu

Wise up

Even as the Maoist-led government has promised to improve law and order situation within six months, local Maoist leaders are making this task difficult “Maoist leader warns

against murder probe” (THT, Sept 3).

Nepali people have entrusted the Maoists with writing a new constitution and building a new Nepal. Maoist cadres need to understand that they belong to a democratic party and that they are no longer armed rebels fighting in jungles. They need to understand the degree to which the party’s image is spoiled by their unlawful actions.

Saurav Pudasaini,

Koteshwor, Kathmandu