LETTERS: Disturbing claim

Apropos of the news story “Dr. KC’s strike continues” (THT, August 15, Page 2), if Narayan Kaji’s opinion is true that “The government can’t force a citizen to sell his property” no one should be forced to do so for the freeway to Nijgadh or the Outer Ring Road in the Newar Valley or along the Teku to Kalanki road.

Even if the government cannot force an individual, an ordinary mortal in this case, to sell his private house or land, it has the power to rescind the license to any colleges or businesses, including hospitals and medical colleges, on any ground including maintaining the sanctity of the medical profession or just saving Dr. KC’s life. Surely Nepali government can cancel licenses of all the colleges and schools on one pretext or another such as not enough benches or fans in the rooms or tutors or not enough paid up capital.

There are 1001 excuses the government has at its disposal to cancel licenses of any business in the country including banks some of which are still struggling to fulfill the 8 billion rupees capital requirement. It is clear that all talks are sham and the government is impotent to deal with the problem for fear of antagonizing the opponents which might do a tit-for-tat when they come into power. If the government cannot force a citizen to sell his property, as Narayan Kaji opines, it should make medical schools and hospitals free for all in the country. Most of us can put together a few million rupees, rent a house, put some benches, a few blackboards, an operation theater or two and bring in some doctors/teachers from outside and start medical schools and hospitals. If the government cannot sort out the problem, I would urge Dr KC to fast to increase the number of medical colleges like momo joints in Kathmandu. This will not only break the monopoly of a few, mostly owned by the republican politicians, but will also turn everyone into medical entrepreneurs. We can also invite 100 percent unlimited FDI into country to make medical education as accessible as beauty saloons.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu

Showbiz

I am writing this piece to assert my opinion about how people currently responding to the flood victims in the Tarai which has been submerged due to cloudburst on Saturday, leaving over 100 people dead or missing. I request people not to post any picture on Facebook by giving one packet of noodles like in the mega earthquake two years ago. For your personal record you can do that but do not need to advertise your fib humanity for becoming a so-called Good Samaritan. I also request media not to dramatise the disaster by posting toe curling images. Such acts will simply hurt the self-dignity of those people who receive such largess when they are passing through difficult time.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne