Better late than never

Apropos of the news report “Nepali Congress divided over Maoists” (THT, July 27), it is welcome news that a faction in the NC central committee meeting, respecting people’s

mandate, were in favour of inviting the Maoists to form the government. If NC agrees to do so, it will redeem NC leaders from charges of pandering to the interests of foreign powers and help them retain their lost public image. On the other hand, the CPN-Maoist should get over the anguish of its bitter defeat in the presidential election and adopt consensual politics to take the peace process to its logical conclusion.

Suman Dhakal,

Bhadrabas, Kathmandu

Bullying

This is in reference to the news report “Maoists not to let Koirala be PM again” (THT, July 27). The CPN-Maoists’ authoritarian mindset is reflected in Prachanda’s statement that he would not let Girija Prasad Koirala lead the new government.

He has also called for the dissolution of NC-UML-MJF alliance. In a democracy, it is up to the people to decide who rules. After witnessing Maoist bullying during the presidential election, I don’t believe Nepalis still want a Maoist as their Prime Minister. Moreover, CPN-Maoist, or any other party, should not be allowed to establish authoritarian rule.

Rosha Sharma, Kathmandu

Unjustified

Vice-president Paramananda Jha’s oath-taking ceremony has sparked protests all over the country. The protestors argue that he should have read the oath in the country’s official language (Nepali), and not in Hindi. However, the official language including other national symbols represents the hilly region. Hindi is a mix of Awadhi, Urdu and Sanskrit and spoken widely in the Tarai, and should be recognised.

Bharat Shah, Birgunj

Hurtful

Vice-president Paramananda Jha disappointed the whole nation by reading out his oath of office in Hindi. Jha’s elevation to the post of vice-president was a matter of pride for all Nepalis, as much as it was for the Madhesis.

By disrespecting the constitutional provision that oath be taken in the official language, Jha has not only broken the law of the land but also tried to belittle the sacrifice of the Nepalis who lost their lives in making Nepal a democratic republic.

Had Jha taken his oath in Maithali, his mother tongue, he would not have been at the centre of controversy.

After being elected the vice-president, Jha should be careful that his actions do not hurt national sentiments.

Arunakar B Chand,

via e-mail

Divisive

Vice-president Jha’s oath in Hindi has sparked a spate of violent protests. It is always better to prevent untoward incidents than try to control the damage later on. Nepal has long been recognised as a garden of four castes and 36 sub-castes.

Our pride lies in the fact that we have been able to maintain religious tolerance, and social harmony between all castes and creeds. But Jha’s swearing-in has the potential of disrupting this communal harmony.

Subash Dahal, Kathmandu