LETTERS

Double standards

I don’t understand why such a big fuss is being made over Brigadier General Dilip Shumsher JBR’s statements about the possible mobilisation of the Nepali Army to deal with the Terai agitation. When Maoist chairman Prachanda spoke of a possible joint mobilisation of the Nepali Army and the Maoist People’s Liberation Army, no one criticised him. Even after joining the political process, it is noteworthy that Maoist leaders continue to threaten to go back to the jungle.

These days, it has become convenient for people to blame every untoward incident on the “royalists” and the Nepali Army. The government will earn greater credibility if it concentrates on fulfilling its pledges to the people rather than on punishing those who do not toe its line.

Satyajeet Nepali, via e-mail

Educate them

Opinion polls provide top personalities with an opportunity to get a feel of public perception of them. I find all kinds of polling very amusing. But after going through your report “Public as decider: Prachanda tops the charts” (THT, Feb. 5), I was flaggergasted to know that only 25 per cent of the respondents had some idea about the Constituent Assembly (CA). And still, the leaders are talking about holding the CA elections in June! Is it not necessary to educate the people on the concept of the Constituent Assembly first before asking them to cast a ballot at the CA polls? The government should start an awareness drive immediately.

Surya B Prasai, via e-mail

Excesses

The only reason behind the escalation of the Terai protests was the highhandedness of the police. The government seems to have lost its control over the police though it claims to the contrary. The human rights violations, as reported by a civil society team after it visited the disturbed areas, is enough to indicate the extent of police brutality.

Ashish Jha, Mouwaha, Saptari

Fuel shortage

The Terai protests have hampered the normal delivery of fuel like petrol and diesel. We are already beginning to see the dwindling number of vehicles on the roads. If the supply does not improve, the roads of Kathmandu may be without any vehicles in a few days. Security escort for tankers carrying petroleum products from the border areas to the capital has started, and it should be continued and increased until the situation in the Terai becomes normal.

Shiva Neupane, Manju Bastola, via e-mail

Book column

Every Sunday, I go through your weekly column “Browse Through” where you give brief reviews of new books in the market. In your Feb. 4 edition, you listed Dr.

Jagadish Sharma’s book titled Nepal: Struggle for Existence. But I found that the price you mentioned was different from the market price. This highly academic book contains a lot of information and the quality of its print is fine too. Just that the price was a little too steep. “Browse Through” is a very informative column. It could get even better if you included more books by distinguished Nepalis.

Deep Kumar Tripathi, TU, Kirtipur