Economic challenges

Bhavani P Dhungana’s article “Economic development: Challenges for new government” published in THT on April 27 was an eye-opener. By using his own experience, Dr Dhungana tried to make the policy-makers and the planners think twice about the drawbacks and consequences of the old policies that nearly pushed the economy over the edge.

Now, new avenues have opened up. If the new political commitments are met, the development process will certainly gain momentum. The country needs short-term planning, as argued by the writer, which could be strengthened and spread over several years.

I agree with Dr Dhungana’s view that promoting inclusive development and wider political participation through empowerment and community mobilisation is an important tool to break the vicious circle of poverty. However, given the high rate of poverty and low degree of awareness, bringing the poor into the decision-making process is a Herculean task. It would be better if you could give space to such articles more often.

Ritu Gurung, via e-mail

Do duty

The 19-day people’s movement spearheaded by the seven-party alliance against the absolute monarchy was the largest such movement in Nepal’s history. The protests paved the way for the restoration of democracy in the country.

Although the people have got back to their daily business, the members of Parliament will be under direct public scrutiny till all the people’s demands are met. The new Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers will now have to bear greater responsibility and move ahead with a strong commitment to bring the Maoists into the political mainstream and thus restore permanent peace and security in the country.

K K Limboo, via e-mail

Preserve sites

Nepal is a multicultural and multilingual country. It is known as a country of four castes and 36 sub-castes. Its rich cultural heritage is demonstrated by the presence of thousands of temples and historical monuments in the country. Unfortunately, the authorities concerned are neglecting the national heritage. The ever-increasing urban population is also responsible for this sorry state of affairs. Congested houses and new office buildings around the monuments have destroyed their beauty. Even though many cultural sites like Changunarayan, Nyatapola temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Patan Durbar Square,Swayambhunath temple have been listed among World Heritage sites, not much effort has been made to preserve them. The government, locals and NGOs/INGOs should join hands in preservation work.

Sandhya Ghimire, Dhumbarahi

Good snap

The front page photograph of former minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari yawning on the very first day of the parliament session (THT, April 29) was very symbolic.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate your photographer for such a brilliant snapshot. Instead of being more attentive, Adhikari seemed totally disinterested in the House proceedings. It shows disrespect for the people’s hard-earned freedom.

Sharan Shrestha, Jayabageswori