Preserve languages

I do not agree with the views of Netu Kedia expressed in her letter titled “Low standard” (THT, Feb. 6). There are a lot of people in this country who have an impressive command over English, both spoken and written. Her example of Nepalis working abroad at such places as petrol pumps because of their bad English is actually illogical because there are a lot of educated people who are compelled to take up such jobs even if they have a good knowledge of English. If you want to work in a Scandinavian country, they don’t care whether your English is good or bad. You rather have to know the native tongue.

Instead of harping on the importance of English, it would be better for us to concentrate on preserving our own mother tongue and other Nepali dialects like the disappearing Kusunda

language. I admire those scholars who are working hard to preserve our languages.

Krishna Thapa,

Kathmandu

Futile

Nepalis are victims of frequent strikes and bandhs that have crippled their normal lives. This is the result of the civil war going on in the country. Young people are made to carry guns and innocent people are tortured and killed. Peace is a far cry.

The situation facing our nation is the result of injustice and inequality. Since the poor and the disadvantaged have been denied justice for too long, they have resorted to violence and joined the Maoist camps. But violence seems to have produced no desired result. Instead, the insurgency has led to further grievances and injustices. This is a vicious circle.

Anup Paudel, Sinamangal

Balance it

We are regular readers of THT and are particularly fond of reading feature articles. However, many write-ups in the feature section are taken from foreign news agencies and are sometimes irrelevant to us. It would be better to include articles on Nepali music, films, literature and national heroes. Also, there should be a balance between national and international write-ups.

Madhu Sudan Dawadi and friends, Lamjung

Grim pictures

Many aggressive pictures published recently in the newspapers remind of the grim situation facing the country. Every morning we read sad news of death and destruction. It would be

better if newspapers refrained from printing such gloomy pictures and gave inspiring and pleasing photographs.

Shubheksha Shrestha,

via e-mail

Clean it

Thanks to the ever-increasing water pollution, the condition of our holy rivers like the Bagmati and the Bishnumati is pathetic. The river filth contains non-biodegradable plastic and bottles with the drainage pipes emptied into the rivers. It is a matter of shame for all the Hindus that the holy rivers are left in such a condition. The rivers, turned into dumping sites now, hold great religious value for us.

Discharge of solid and liquid wastes should be stopped and the government should organise awareness programmes to clean the rivers. It is the duty of every Nepali to help clean the rivers.

Deepak Joshi Pokhral,

Kirtipur