People’s dilemma

The seven-party alliance is feeling proud of the fact that scores of candidates for the municipal elections withdrew their names. The withdrawal is hardly surprising as the Maoists threatened many candidates who also fear social boycott by the political parties and the public. It seems that the parties are giving silent support to the threats from the Maoists since

none of them have condemned the Maoist killings or their attempts to kill some candidates

lately.

The sad reality facing the Nepalis is the choice between the autocratic monarchy and irresponsible parties. The truth is that the vast majority of the people support neither of these

political forces.

Sunita Aryal, via e-mail

Atrocious

The news titled “THT driver arrested, beaten up for no apparent reason” (THT,

January 31) is interesting. The incident got coverage because the victim was lucky to be a staff member of your publication. But similar atrocities against commoners occur everyday, and there is nobody to report their plight. If such things happen in the capital, imagine what the situation must be outside the Kathmandu Valley.

The police get their salary from the government, which uses the taxpayers’ money. It’s high time people occupying high government posts realised that they are splurging the same people’s money while committing atrocities on them. Their personal security guards, personal vehicles, government quarters, etc. are not their personal property.

At least the Maoists don’t use the taxpayers’ money even if they are also committing atrocities.

Pratik Pradhan, via e-mail

Dictatorial

It is amazing how our royal government is reacting to the current situation. While the government ordered the arrest of hundreds of leaders on January 19, Kathmandu’s wireless system was totally shut down. This is the second time that the mobile and UTL services of the country have been disrupted. The whole move seems illogical and it causes great inconvenience to the subscribers.

After several weeks the post-paid service was restarted but the pre-paid service is still

out of use, whereas 80 per cent of the mobile subscribers have pre-paid lines. This only reflects the dictatorial nature of the present regime.

Malin Gurung, via e-mail

Run classes

It is good that classes are being conducted in prohibited areas since Tribhuvan University (TU) left the teachers with no choice but to go ahead with the classes. However, the teachers and the pupils are frightened as TU can take any action against them for illegally holding classes outside the college premises.

The TU executive board should soon convene an emergency meeting and reconsider its decision to extend the winter vacation.

They have to consult the teachers and student bodies as well in this matter. If all the stakeholders sit together and talk, it will lead to an amicable solution. If the teachers and students have no problem, what issue can the TU authorities possibly have for not allowing the regular classes to run?

Jigyasha Atithi,

Shankar Dev College