LETTERS

Operative balance Need operative balance

I have been observing the recent articles of Aditya Man Shrestha in THT. Within the realm of geo-political realities, the realisation of urgently minimising hostilities between the State and the rebels, and the need for a workable partnership between the parties and the King is a must. In this connection the author has outlined three things. Firstly, political bodies require systematic exercises to develop accommodative gestures, functional partnership and adherence to sensible stand in resolving crisis (THT, May 9). Similarly, on May 17, he suggested that the royal takeover demands expressive political initiative, negotiating leadership, power-sharing strategy, and demonstrable performances which must engage

competent human resources in socio-economic/academic sector. Finally, on May 31, Shrestha

said that adherence to the concept of absolutism is almost outdated and impending disasters out of these pursuits are to be checked by exercising policy of deterrence.

Aditya gives a bold and clear picture of current political dynamics which will help guide the confused stakeholder in their respective conceptual domains, and in initiating faithful actors within the sphere of realities for peace, understanding and consolidated partnership. As specified, the Maoists are to be brought to the political mainstream with collaborative gesture, and the monarch can neither be neglected nor underestimated. Nepal needs functional identity. This calls for operative balance amongst the political forces for sustainable socio-political and economic order.

Chiranjeevi Vaidya, Maharajganj

Misuse

We appreciate THT’s coverage of social and health issues, particularly on Nepal’s fight against HIV/AIDS. However, it seems that the corrupt people are leading this fight. It is being said that wrong use of financial resources and the donor money is one reason why the country still lags behind in its struggle against the spread of HIV virus. It is unfortunate that while the number of AIDS patients is increasing, Nepal does not have the right atmosphere to deal with it. The Ministry of Heath and the corruption control body should come down heavily on the said party. The media too should launch a strong critical assessment of the situation. This is a serious concern and those who have exploited the situation should be punished.

Bhantu N Pradhan, Teku

Plant trees

The temperature in the Tarai belt is currently recorded at 43.2 degree Celsius. Compared to the average temperature of last few years, this is a significant rise. The wells and water springs are fast drying up. It is said that pollution is one of the main causes for this rise of temperature. More than 10,000 new vehicles are introduced on the roads yearly. Besides, a large number of factories spew harmful smoke and gases into the air. There is also rampant spread of deadly diseases. This is a serious threat to people in Tarai as well as other parts of the country. It is the responsibility of the State to ensure that environment conservation and

anti-pollution measures are enforced. It can start with simple measures, for instance, by planting trees and cutting down the number of vehicles.

Bhakta Subba, Koteshwor