Hats off to your balanced editorial “Storm in a teacup” (THT, August 25). It is a pity that those entrusted with governing 25 million people are themselves confused about moral authority and status, between sacrifice and selfish ambition. It reminds me of an ex-prime minister of Japan who accepted the portfolio of finance minister in the next Council of Ministers. In the name of political competition, Nepali leaders are becoming more and
more arrogant, myopic and childish.
It is advisable that our civil society leaders, who were so active during the last democratic
movement, arrange training/workshop for our leaders in forums like Osho centre in Nagarjun or Vipashana centre in Budhanilkantha to give them basic lessons not only on topics like behavioural science, morality and positive energy, but also to instil in them all the traits of good leaders.
Sugat R Kansakar, Kamladi
The Common Minimum Programme of republican Nepal’s first government appears to be ritual rhetoric when it comes to dealing with corruption. Moreover, it makes no commitment
to discipline the political parties and their leaders. Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s first address to the nation also failed to mention that the government led by his party would guarantee people’s right to information. If these issues are neglected by the
coalition government, transforming Nepal into a prosperous nation would only remain a pipedream.
Ramesh Bahadur Shrestha, Lalitpur
This refers to the selection of new ministers, “Eight ministers sworn in, UML stays out” (THT, August 23). The division of ministries among political parties was done in a highly
unscientific manner with the political parties showing the same old craving for lucrative ministries. The recommendation of candidates who lost during the CA polls (like Asta
Laxmi Shakya by the UML, the wife of its senior leader Amrit Kumar Bohora ) is blatant nepotism. Was there no other female in UML
that the party had to select someone discarded by the public so recently?
Is this the new Nepal that Nepalis wanted? Is this what they get after waiting for government formation for so long? The political parties should be very serious about these issues as there is a long way to go in the peace process. If the parties representing the government are sincere about forming an inclusive, democratic and well-structured New Nepal, success will come their way in the days to come.
Sanjay SD Sharma,
It is a common knowledge that the amount of fossil fuel in this planet is dwindling with each passing day. Most industrialised countries are well aware of this fact and are hence stocking up. Nepal has many alternative sources of energy to avert fuel crisis. The second richest country in potential hydropower should not have to bother about the price of fuel, but it should look to use its alternative resources to resolve the fuel crisis.
Shiva Neupane, Melbourne, Australia