LETTERS: Chaos has price

This has reference to a letter to editor “Chaotic action” (THT, November 7, Page 8). Chaos has a price, a huge one especially if victims of chaotic actions demand reparation for time lost and mental and physical torture and agony. When one thinks of chaos one naturally thinks of Nepal Airlines. In the good old days unfiltered news from New Road would reach us at a famous pub at Durbar Marg where most who’s who of the day congregate for convivial conversation and rum and coke.

One such news was of a classic chaotic action related to a NAC chairman whose primary avatar was that of a tourist guide, drinker and gambler. As demanded by the then NAC protocol, he once flew to Dubai to meet and greet the crown prince Dipendra, flying from Frankfurt, and to escort him back to Kathmandu. While waiting for the VVIP, the chairman decided to imbibe some drinks and after boarding the plane he decided to intake some more. When he went to pay his obeisance with a deep bow and namasker, according to the grapevine, he went down on the prince. The chairman was fired on the spot inside the flight. This is what chaotic action can do. There are many examples of chaotic actions gone wrong in the country. But at times chaos can be like a beacon, a guiding light. A Japanese friend, who was flying from Osaka to Kathmandu a few days earlier, asked me how to find the NAC counter. That was his first trip to Nepal and he was nervous flying into the land of the fearsome Gurkha and the hardy Sherpa. He asked me how to track Nepal airlines which he had never heard of before. So I told him to go straight to the counter with chaotic milling crowd. Back in Kathmandu he thanked me for guiding me to the chaotic counter which was in fact that of NAC. Chaos and confusion can also be used as smokescreen to hide facts and figures. Chaotic promotions can not only turn off people but also cause huge loss of funds.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu

Bad image

This refers to “Chaotic action” (THT, November 7, Page 8) by Sugat Ratna Kansakar, MD. NAC. Mr. Kansakar is a clean person, the solid example earlier is that he boosted high the image of Nepal Telecom.

Now, let’s go back to see brief history of the then RNAC – now NAC. The history of NAC and the Thai Airways are almost the same, NAC a bit senior to Thai Airways. Firstly, RNAC’s management was handed over to the Air France. Then after, Air France introduced jet planes to RNAC and introduced flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong and some European sectors.

Almost at the same time, Thai Airways was handled by SAS. Suddenly Nepal’s government cancelled the contract with the Air France, then the number of aircraft were reduced from 30 to only 6, whereas the Thai Airways now have more than seven dozen big and small aircraft and have a network round the world.

All the big political parties have badly damaged the image of the national flag airlines. This is a good example of chaotic action as how a flying business is grounded once and for all.

Rajendra Gurubacharya, Kathmandu