LETTERS: End political deadlock

The level of frustration of the general people towards the political parties is growing which could be detrimental for them in the long run.

It is time for the ruling parties to be sensible and sincere in resolving the current political impasse with the disgruntled parties without wasting any more time. It is not only the UDMF now in the streets.

The Janajati and other disadvantaged groups have also joined the political struggle, thus, complicating the political environment for the Oli-led government. They have continued their Kathmandu-centric agitation to exert pressure on the government which should not be undermined by the major parties.

If both the ruling and agitating parties continue to argue on constitutional issues, there seem to be little chances of coming to consensus in the near future. Simply inviting for talks without doing proper homework will not bring any result.

They have already held thirty six rounds of talks, but all in vain. On the other hand, senior leaders of UDMF should also understand that the call for rewriting the constitution is next to impossible.

The all party meeting called by PM Oli on Tuesday ended without any concrete conclusion after the UDMF decided to boycott it “UDMF boycotts PM’s all-party meeting” (THT, May 25, Page 1).

It seems that the government has to create a conducive environment by addressing some of their demands.

Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

Simians’ woes

This has reference to your editorial “Save the monkeys” (THT, May 24, Page 8). We need a humane solution to address the plight of the monkeys whose numbers are limited to 1,627, probably concentrated mainly in Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath and Thapathali.

This is a small number to manage properly and effectively. We cannot really blame the poor monkeys for coming out into human settlements. We have become such a nuisance to them by encroaching upon their habitat that we leave them no choice but to enter ours.

The monkeys’ habitat once extended as far away as Gauri Ghat, golf course and even the airport which today are encroached by human activities.

Moreover, Homo sapiens who increasingly behave like simians are disturbing them in their limited stronghold. Every animate being has to eat and the government could surely add a few dollars more in the tourist entry tickets at Pashupatinath and Swoyambunath to buy feed for them on daily basis.

Monkeys are part and parcel of our culture and landscape forever, and they are indispensable attractions at both these famous Unesco heritage sites. Tourists would not balk at paying a few dollars more.

Alternatively, the managers of these sites could plant many fruit and berry trees for them. We just need to make sure that Homo sapiens do not steal their share of dollars from the tourist contribution and fruits from the trees.

Collection of dollars will also fund services of a vet or two who I have found are highly unwilling to volunteer their specialized service.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu