LETTERS: Dual citizenship
This is apropos of the news story “Australia govt in turmoil after dual citizenship ruling” (THT, Ocotber 29, Page 11). This dual nationality problem is a festering problem in federal democratic Nepal where politicians and public servants hold dual citizenship to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The difference, however, is in highly developed Australia which has poured tons of money into Nepalese forestry, a quick ruling by the High Court resulted in instant removable of the deputy prime minister.
In poor Nepal such a court ruling will be contested for years with the accused politicians and public servants going on to enjoy their perks till the end of their lives or until they decide to quit on their own accord and desert the country to serve their second motherland. In all probability the judges too will be in possession of two nationalities.
The lack of rule of law is what distinguishes under-developed Nepal from highly developed Australia. It takes an individual like a former communist minister Lal Babu Pandit to even rake up the challenge of dual nationality. Once he departed, the whole issue is thrown right into the dustbin. In this day and age of espionage and terrorism, people with divided loyalty stemming from two citizenships cannot be taken lightly.
World’s worst terrorist outfit, ISIS, hires terrorists born in the Middle East but with British or European passports. If Catalan leader Charles Puigdemont can declare independence from Spain, imagine what the corrupt Nepalese politicians and public servants with dual citizenship can do to their native country. In the light of new development in Australia and taking cognizance of the fact that dual nationals can be used for terror or secession, Nepal must root out the problem immediately. Perhaps we can come up with a law to declare all dual nationals illegal and deny them any rights an ordinary citizen enjoys.
Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu
I am writing this to underscore the fact that in today’s world humans have been consuming fish product every day in and day out. This is genuinely worrying the environmentalists and the world’s marine biologists. The marine biologists believe that there is exceedingly high rate of consumption of fish than meat in the the past decades. This is horrendously affecting the marine ecosystem, and this may result in the colossal and chronic demise of precious sea creatures, and, in retrospective, this may again hinder and hamper the land ecosystem or, if I may say so, the future needs of sea products. It is high time that the world’s biologists and the largest economies did something desperately before hand in order to keep the sea lives in the coming decades. Over exploitation of natural resources – be it in land or in sea – will ultimately affect nature’s ecosystem which will take time to revive to its original status.
Shiva Neupane, Melbourne