Shortages in new Nepal:

Promises to build a new Nepal is being overshadowed by the proliferating new challenges like the shortage of basic needs or amenities like clean drinking water, petroleum products, and cooking fuel, along with hours of daily load-shedding. How can people lead a normal life without them? Who in the main are to blame for this? Those in authority, obviously. Every citizen has the right to demand regular water supply, electricity, fuel and other essentials from the government. People are not demanding these things for free. There is a need for a leader who can deliver. How can the country resolve bigger problems when minimum day-to-day problems lie unresolved?

Reena Sen, Baluwatar

Misplaced:

The demand of Madhesi People’s Rights Forum that the Home Minister tender his resignation is misplaced. As Krishna Prasad Sitaula has hinted time and again, minimum force has been used to quell the Terai violence. It is the “royalists” who should be punished for fueling the violence in Terai, not the home minister.

Amrit Bahadur Khadka, Nayabazar, Kathmandu

It’s the same :

People want to live in peace. But many parts of the world are still in the grip of violence — Iraq, Sri Lanka, Columbia, Palestine, Nepal, for instance. In each case, the clash of interests between the government and the opposition or between factions or the intervention of foreign forces have escalated conflicts. But all of them claim that they are in the right and they want peace. But there is a huge gap between words and deeds.

Panjol Oli, via e-mail

Spare KU :

Tribhuvan University has been without its top officials for about nine months now. As a result, it has not been able to function properly. Now, Kathmandu University seems to be heading the same way. Despite the belief that educational institutions should be free from politics, it is hardly the case with the educational bodies in the country. The parties concerned should resolve their differences without allowing them to affect educational institutions. Practices like locking out campuses and hindering regular classes should be avoided by all means. It is vital to keep the only well-functioning university in Nepal free of the ills of other universities.

Eak Prasad Duwadi, via e-mail

Brutal:

With the festival of love — the Valentines Day — only a week away, your news report “Lovers beaten to death on village council orders” (THT, Feb. 2) was shocking, though the incident happened in a village near Agra, India. Not long ago, THT had carried a report about another young couple being tied to a tree and stoned to death by villagers in rural Pakistan. The only crime of the two couples was that they were in love and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. With a bit of reasoning, the villagers could have tackled both issues in a better way.Similar cases have sometimes been also reported in Nepal. Whatever the cause, it is incredible that the people spreading love in this violence-ridden world should be killed in such a brutal fashion.

Prasha Shrestha, via e-mail