Share of the blame:

Let not the leaders but the people’s vote decide who is to stay in the government and who not. People’s direct participation embodies the true spirit of democracy. Hence the people should have the final say. In the past 237 years, not only the Shah kings but also the political leaders have been responsible for ravaging the country. Innocent people have lost their lives, ethnic groups suppressed, people driven out of homes, women raped and children killed. The

institution of monarchy, the political parties and the security agencies, all are to be blamed for this. No one has been able to provide good governance. Under these circumstances, only national consensus and the united effort of all Nepalis can bring about peace.

S Tuladhar, Geneva

New hope:

The informal talks between the government and the Maoists at Godavari give Nepal a new hope. The meeting agreed on the formation of an interim body while dissolving the House of Representatives to pave the way for the constituent assembly polls. This can indeed be the meeting point between the two sides. Everyone should welcome this development in the peace process.

Dev Saru, via e-mail

Quit:

I cannot understand why PM Girija Prasad Koirala is still holding on to his post despite his ill-health. He is clearly unfit to lead the country. His appointment as the PM shows how indifferent the parliamentarians are to the country’s welfare. Have we run short of candidates for the post of PM? We need a fit and healthy leader.

Deepak Thapa, via e-mail

Surprise:

I presume that the people who agreed to dissolve the House of Representatives recently were acting within a legal framework. If not, the PM can easily scrap the decision. He need not have been surprised at the understanding to form an ‘interim parliament’. If there are laws that allow an unrepresentative group of people to make crucial decisions, these should be corrected immediately.

Maurice Adshead, via e-mail

Tell the truth:

What’s going on here? How can PM Koirala not be aware of what was discussed with the Maoists? Two of his relatives, NC vice-president Sushil Koirala and Chakra Prasad Bastola, also of the NC, were present at the meeting with the Maoists. So why this confusion? The leaders seem to be hiding the truth. This is not a good sign for the peace prospects. The people deserve to know the truth behind this drama. Koirala is old and unwell. But he should say what he means by his unawareness about the agreement with the Maoists at Godavari, his earlier statement that the King should be allowed to continue as a ceremonial monarch and his ‘Grand Design’ theory.

S Shrestha, via e-mail

Love of Hindi:

Recently, I saw Home Minister Sitaula appear in one of the Hindi news channels. I discovered that he was speaking in Hindi. As a government representative, he should have spoken either in Nepali or English. No wonder we are accused of being ‘Indianised.’

Birat Chand, via e-mail