Sheer negligence

This refers to the front-page report “Govt forms panel to probe MP’s murder” (THT, Sept. 25). The report states that that MP Krishna Charan Shrestha’s “son Rajib Shrestha performed the last rites” at Pashupati Aryaghat.

The late MP’s son’s name is Sujit Charan Shrestha, not Rajib Shrestha, as has been reported. It was Sujit who performed the last rights. Such mistakes will damage THT’s reputation. This shows negligence on the reporter’s part in collecting the relevant information.

J Shrestha, via e-mail

Right advice

This refers to Bihari Krishna Shrestha’s letter “Presidential system” (THT, Sept. 14) written in response to my article “Fluid situation” (THT, Sept. 12). As to his question why the three branches of the US government do not function from three different places, we should remember that Washington DC does not suck in national resources leaving other parts of the country high and dry, as is the case of Kathmandu in relation to Nepal’s outlying areas.

Since Nepal is a small country with limited space for infrastructure development at a particular location, the distribution of public institutions is necessary. One of the best ways to ensure the diffusion of governmental activities is to disperse the national institutions. As far as the presidential system is concerned, it stands out as the best alternative to the failed parliamentary and constitutional monarchical systems.

Let me also comment on Madhukar SJB Rana’s letter “Old cocktail of models” (THT, Sept. 15). Is Nepal not a cocktail country of over 100 indigenous communities? If so, I don’t see any harm in adopting cocktail remedies. Hence, a combination of US, German and Swiss models of political and administrative governance can be expected to resolve many problems stemming from our ethnic, linguistic and regional diversity.

As for Rana’s suggestion that we chose public institutions on the basis of our unique history and heritage, I indeed considered this point. But I found that our history is littered with examples of suppression of the people by the Rana regime and the Shah dynasty.

Does Rana want me to derive any kind of inspiration from these power players? But I am one with Rana on his views regarding the concept of village republics. But we should also keep in mind that a village republic cannot function effectively without a national republic.

Aditya Man Shrestha, Chabahil

Punish them

The big loan defaulters have ignored the government’s offer to reschedule their loans. These people who have put our banks on the verge of bankruptcy should be put behind bars without further ado. When most Nepalis cannot have two square meals a day, the 23 biggest defaulters alone owe Rs.14.32 billion!

The bank officials who sanctioned the loans are equally guilty and should be punished. The Maoists are on an extortion spree, businessmen are defaulting on loans and bureaucrats are looting the country.

The only victims are the common people. If the government is unable to punish the guilty, the intentions of its constituent parties become suspect.

Eak Prasad Duwadi,

via e-mail