Are they listening?
This refers to the letter “Referendum the best way” (THT, Feb 5). While “royalists” are being used as the whipping boy by all and sundry for blunders committed by others, it should be recalled that Sikkim did not lose its sovereignty because Chogyal failed to buy the politicians. There is a wider market for what Sunder Mani Dixit called “purchasable commodities”.
On the other hand I agree with Prof. Ghai’s observation that “Ethnic identity or
resentment is almost always the result of manipulation, generally by politicians’
intent on acquiring control of the state.” In fact, the statement ‘when state fails to address the underlying problems of poverty and exclusion it stores up problems for the future’
(“Turmoil in Kenya” THT, same issue) is very pertinent to the Nepal situation.
Are our policymakers, politicians and ‘ethnic leaders’ listening?
Bihari Krishna Shrestha, Chakupat Green Block, Patan
This is in reference to the news report “SPA to withhold largesse for MPs” (THT, Feb 5). The decision earlier made by the government to allocate one million to every MP to carry out development projects in the respective constituencies had been widely criticised. Moreover, there was every likelihood that the money could have been used to influence the voters in their areas.
Moreover, it would have put an unnecessary financial burden on the government when it is grappling with financial problems. The recent decision of the coordination committee meeting of the Seven Party Alliance to withhold the budget till the April 10 constituent assembly polls
is very sensible.
Manit Deokota, Ratopul, Kathmandu
Even as the polls are approaching, serious differences persist among the political parties.
Moreover, violence and criminal activities have been spreading like wildfire across the nation. The law and order situation, especially in the Tarai, is poor. The leaders of the Madhesi groups in the Tarai should understand that none of their remaining demands can be met unless a new constitution is framed through the constituent assembly. The leaders should therefore put aside their differences and create an atmosphere congenial
for the Constituent Assembly polls.
This is in response to the edit page article “Turmoil in Kenya” (THT, Feb5). The
political situation in Kenya resembles Nepal’s current political scenario. Just as politicians in Kenya betrayed its citizens, Nepali politicians have betrayed the Nepali people. The
leaders have long cheated the people of their right to choose their government and have caused various distortions in society, such as corruption. But I wonder if Nepali policy makers are much worried about the close similarity between Kenyan and Nepali politics.
I would like to thank Prof Ghai for his insightful article, but Nepalis hardly have a choice: They have to trust the politicians until the Constituent Assembly election are held. We can only wish that Nepal had a different story to tell after the peace process came to a logical conclusion.
Suman Basnyat, Arubari