Nepali diplomacy

This refers to Madhav Shrestha’s edit page article “Nepali Diplomacy” (THT, September 19) and his assertion that political appointees as ambassadors will do harm to national

interest. Can the author explain if career diplomats of the foreign ministry have been better than their politically appointed counterparts? Can the author cite one single example of a successful career ambassador and his or her precious contributions to national interests?

At least the political appointees do not have the luxury of getting repeated appointments and must work hard to prove their competence. The officers of the foreign ministry and also of the finance and commerce inistries have been appointed ambassadors but they have hardly made any remarkable contribution to national diplomacy.

K K Joshi, Kalimati,



This is in reference to the news report “Steps to contain violence taken, says Sitaula” (THT, September 22). The home minister’s visit to Kapilvastu after six days and his statement that action will be taken against the perpetrators is nothing but hogwash.

Mohd Mohit, who was killed prior to Kapilvastu violence, was the victim of Maoist excesses as were other locals in the area.

This is why locals of Kapilvastu singled out the Maoists office of all the party offices in the district and vented their outburst.

However, who killed him or for what motive is yet to be proved.

I wonder how many of such violent incidents are still to take place before the hopeless

home minister is finally forced to quit the government.

B P Sharma, via e-mail


Apropos of the news report “‘Biplab wants new date for CA polls”, it is very sad that the Maoists have resorted to bullying tactics again.

Despite being the citizens of a free country, we feel as if we don’t have choice but to bow down to Maoists’ threats.

The peace agreement, which was thought to herald a new era of peace and democracy in the country, has further led the country to a state of anarchy. It was an unfortunate moment when the seven party alliance signed the peace pact with the Maoists and brought them into interim governance as partners.

Niranjan, via e-mail

Lesson for all

Prashant Tamang, a finalist in the popular Indian reality show, has won the hearts of Nepalis in Nepal and India just because of his one intelligent remark — that he is a Nepali. He wouldn’t have won the overwhelming support of Nepalis belonging to all castes and communities, had he only introduced himself as belonging to a particular community. Politicians could learn a lesson too from this incident to win the support of all the Nepalis by standing as leaders of all the Nepalis instead of claiming to be the advocates of the rights of one or the other particular community or group.

No doubt, Prashant is an Indian policeman. But he has also shown pride in his mother tongue as well as in his roots. That has helped bring together Nepalis living across the globe to cheer

for him.

Raju Khadka, via e-mail