LETTERS

No method to madness

This refers to the news report “Matrika stages matribhasa stunt” (THT, Jan. 3). Though Maoist leader Matrika Yadav has been able to grab the headlines refusing to take his oath of office in Nepali language, there doesn’t appear to be much method to his madness. The issue of whether a minister should be allowed to take oath of office in his mother tongue is something that should be settled during parliamentary discussions. Furthermore, the Constitution does not stipulate whether a minister should be allowed to take oath in his mother tongue. Nepali is the official language of Nepal, not Maithili.

Yadav might have shown respect for his own mother tongue by reading out the text of oath in Maithili, but, in doing so, he has also shown his disdain for the Nepali language. Yadav failed on two counts: first, he concluded his oath by signing the text in Nepali. In addition, he has also defied the orders of his party leadership. What should we expect from a leader who is not even willing to abide by the guidelines of his own party?

Dr Ramesh Neupane,

Mahankal, Kathmandu

Cheap stunt

Apropos of the news report “Matrika stages matribhasa stunt” (THT, Jan.3), Maoist leader Matrika Yadav by refusing to read the text of ministerial oath in Nepal has demonstrated that he, instead of being the leader of all Nepalis, is just the leader of the Madhesi community. Yadav might have expected to win the confidence of the Madhesis, especially when the grip of the Maoists in Tarai seems to be slipping, but it is unlikely that he would emerge as the winner.

Furthermore, he had not been sworn in as the minister of the Madhesh region alone. Regardless of the community he belongs to, each leader should show respect for one’s country and its tradition. Yadav’s antics only serve to fan communal hatred. It is such irresponsible acts of political leaders that have led the country into such a pitiable situation.

Surya, via e-mail

Punish them

In reference to the news report “THT scribe robbed at gunpoint” (THT, Jan. 3), the robbery by a group of youngsters who claimed to belong to YCL from the house of a THT scribe is yet another example of the poor law and order situation. Everyday, several people are either looted or made to cough up donations by criminal outfits that have recently emerged across the country, while the authorities remain mere spectators. The government should wake up to the need to curb such criminal activities and punish the guilty severely.

Prasish Maharjan,

via e-mail

Subsidy

It is appreciable that the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has prepared a proposal for subsidising petro products for students and low-income groups, “LPG subsidy in offing for students” (THT, Jan 2). In the wake of rising resentment against the recent hike in price of

petro-products, the government has taken the right step of making these products cheap for students and low-income groups. At the same time, the government needs to ensure it that this does not give rise to a black market, giving unscrupulous dealers rather than the target groups the main benefits.

Sanjeev Dahal, via e-mail