Don’t spare the guilty:

The government’s recent decision to arrest some former ministers who served in the royal regime and to suspend the heads of three security divisions deserves appreciation. The process of punishing those responsible for suppressing the peaceful demonstrations should not stop unless all those guilty are punished. The government ought to listen to the voice of the people and not spare anyone from the autocratic regime who had any kind of role in suppressing the people’s movement.

Parasmani Pageni, via e-mail

Follow norms:

The ideals of democracy are no doubt attractive. But, in Nepal, democracy has never been practiced in its real sense. Have the ‘democratic’ leaders ever followed the democratic norms? Aren’t they fighting for power in the name of democracy? Past experience bears testimony to the fact that they cheated the people for selfish gains in the name of democracy. What is thus more important is to have good governance. No system would flourish if it is not particular about good governance. Even dictatorship is better than corruption-ridden democracy or fake democracy. In my view, just shouting for democracy is not enough if one cannot follow democratic norms.

Neeraj Raya, via e-mail


The THT needs to collect all the details of the football players who are being featured of late in order to avoid any blunder. I was amazed to see Shaun Wright-Philips’ name in the column “Players to watch” (THT, May 13). Shaun is not even in England’s 23-member team that is to fly to Germany. Hope you will make necessary correction and avoid such mistakes in future.

Nirvik Maskey, via e-mail

Catch ‘em:

I read that the government has arrested former ministers under the Public Safety Act and Public Offences Act. How about the King’s closest advisors? Are they exempt for any reason? Uday Lama, via e-mail

Reading fast:

This is in reference to Sanjay Adhikary’s Midway article titled “Reading novels” published in THT on May 8. Although the writer picked an interesting topic, I disagree with him that only a slow reader can understand a novel thoroughly. I love reading novels and I am a fast reader. I, however, do not miss out on details or the beauty of the novel. In fact, I don’t like those who pick up a novel in their leisure time and take months to finish reading it. Since such people only read in their leisure time, obviously, by their next free time they would already have forgotten what they read the last time and they have to revise it again. I wonder what Sanjay thinks of such “slow readers”?

Sheetal Shrestha, via e-mail

Help kids:

I met a boy of 10-12 years who had to leave his studies after second grade and is working in a spice mill. There are thousands of children like him in the country who are made to do hazardous works instead of being sent to schools. All the organisations concerned along with the government and donors should support the child welfare schemes to help this suffering lot.

Bishant Pokharel, Boudha