As regards Tek Narayan Kanwar’s write-up “Nepal’s judiciary” (THT, Oct. 23), judges think they have God-like powers. Obviously, it’s a judge’s duty to interpret and apply the law. If a law is ambiguous, judges are required to interpret it, and choose from among several alternatives as per the laws laid down by Parliament and legal precedents. The
judicial system in Nepal is weak, due to both the lack of capability and corrupt judges.
Ganga Thapa, via e-mail
Each of the Nepalis should bear responsibility for the country’s present state. If we change, the country will change. We are apt to criticise others while we neglect our own weaknesses and lack of any sense of responsibility towards the nation. Government leaders and parliamentarians have their own limitations. Therefore, we should put ourselves in their shoes and think whether we could solve all the country’s problems. Unless there is coordination between all the sectors of society, the government cannot do much alone. The bandhs and chakkajams that we organise so often without any concrete reasons will not allow the country to progress.
Vivek Pandey, Nobel Academy
A new Nepal will not be possible without clean politics and good governance. For this to happen, we should have adopted a system of total accountability and zero tolerance to corruption through a new constitution. For their part, the new leaders should be clean. But clean leaders emerge only when people with a deep love for their country join politics. Muhammad Yunus, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, is a perfect example of how big things are possible with small things if there is total commitment and determination.
Ramesh B Shrestha, Lalitpur
I don’t understand why the peace talks have been postponed. This might be the result of mutual mistrust. Both the SPA and the Maoists should stop blaming each other and take bold steps towards an agreement. The interests of the ordinary Nepalis must be uppermost in their minds.
Shiva Neupane, Golphutar
One cannot walk along the capital’s streets without being attacked by the stench of the roadside garbage heaps. The most serious appears to be the garbage dumped in the Gongabu area. These heaps are not only a source of various diseases but they can also cause road accidents. A number of garbage disposal plans have been floated so far, but the residents of the Valley continue to suffer from the inconvenience and danger of the garbage heaps.
S P Pandey, Gongabu
There should be more space for the Letters column as public opinion is the essence of a true democracy. There are so many problems facing the country, such as poverty, social discrimination, and unemployment, apart from the political issues, on which more of readers’ views would help make THT more readable. A column giving medical advice would also be popular.
N B Katuwal, via e-mail