Hardly surprising:

Dr Tulsi Giri’s comment that the constitution is a barrier to the royal takeover is hardly surprising. What else can one expect from this government which has been scorned by the Nepalis and the international community? Dr Giri proved his unwavering faith in authoritarianism in 1960 when he ditched the Nepali Congress. As someone rightly observed, Giri started the ‘Judas syndrome’ characterised by desertion of a cause for personal aggrandisement. He may be attempting to frighten us by the threat of a more autocratic regime. He should know that Nepalis defeated tyranny in 1950 and again in 1990. The people are still ready to shed blood for democracy and freedom.

S Shrestha, Kathmandu

BBC issue:

This refers to Krishna Shrestha’s letter “Not above criticism” (THT, Sept 23). I never said that BBC is flawless. Just that we should not dictate what it deems fit to be worthy of coverage or accuse it of ulterior motives. I watched BBC’s coverage of Katrina which was perfectly fine. It also reflects the popular view in Europe and worldwide. How George Bush responded is quite pathetic. Compare this with his zeal for the war in Iraq. How he had to resort to lies to start the illegal war not authorised by the UN! Coming back to Nepal Television, does Shrestha agree that it presents a biased pro-government view? Yes, we must trust the viewers’ ability to judge but they must be presented with the whole truth. We should note that BBC does not have any stake in Nepali politics and is more likely to present a neutral picture than Nepal Television.

Pratik Pradhan, via e-mail

Insincerity :

This is in reply to the letter ‘Originals only’ (THT, Sept. 22) by Maheshwor Mani Tripathi who accused me of intellectual theft. I have more than five years of experience as a sub-editor in ‘Janamata Saptahik’ published from Biratnagar. I have been teaching journalism at Richmond College, Kalanki, and have published hundreds of articles. Who else would know the difference between plagiarism, journalism and journalistic ethics better than me? However, this shameful attack will not deter me. Krishna Abiral, the writer of ‘Culture or vulture’ is a friend with whom I share ideas. I have presented my ideas, logic and arguments differently. Yes, the concluding remarks are similar in opinion only. Abiral’s article is about the event whereas mine deals with the element of shock. Moreover, he does not present the Western view.

T P Acharya, Ghattekulo

Out of tune:

This is with respect to the letter “Human Rights” (THT, Sept. 23). I agree with Sunita Aryal’s views regarding the allegation of excessive force used by police against the mob. I would like an answer from NHRC and UNHRC whether the residents of Bagbazar and Putalisadak have the right to reach their destinations in time, to run their business freely, and students the right to study peacefully? Is it the right of political activists to burn tyres or pelt stones at police? The use of tear gas to control mobs is practised everywhere. So why the outcry? It is true that rights issues are heavily politicised and the media is always anti-establishment. I urge the media to report without bias.

Saurav Tuladhar, via e-mail