LETTERS: Quake victims neglected

The recent snowfall resulting in the instantaneous temperature fall at various parts of Gorkha district, epicentre of the devastating April 25 earthquake, has been causing massive sufferings to the quake survivors. No sooner had the devastating quake crippled the life of the resilient Gorkhali people than came the monsoon followed by bone-chilling winter and snowfall further deteriorating the already miserable life. It’s shocking to know that the victims of the highly snow-hit areas have been drinking water melting the snow. However, our government seems to unsympathetic to the quake survivors.

The terrible ordeals of the quake survivors of Gorkha do not end here. Reportedly,a majority of them have been deprived of getting adequate facilities due to absence of the VDC secretary in their village. It seems the government directives have fallen on the deaf ears of the service providers. The old saying is that people should visit Gorkha if they do not get justice on time. This time around people should leave the district if they do not get proper justice and fair treatment from the government. If the situation does not improve anytime soon, many quake survivors would leave the district by the time the new National Authority for Reconstruction starts its job of reconstruction and rehabilitation by the end of April, one year after the devastating quake.

Sanjog Karki, Tansen

Good idea

The report “Nepal urged to join Commonwealth” (THT, Jan. 19, Page 3) is an interesting approach and should be considered seriously for the long term strategic, diplomatic and economic opportunities for Nepal. The Government of Nepal and the political parties should have a serious discussion in Parliament about joining the Commonwealth. As a new democratic nation, Nepal should look for opportunities of engaging with other countries from various continents to maximize the opportunity for socio-economic and socio-cultural engagements. It is important for Nepal to get out of the dogma of being under the concentric and overlapping influences of India and China and look forward to establishing her as a strong nation with economic foothold and a credible foreign policy independent of Sino-Indian influences. The Commonwealth platform will provide Nepal with the opportunity to voice her concern with other nations in another platform outside the UN and SAARC, enhance trade and commerce, increase export from the country, provide employment and boost tourism. Nepal should continue to be a friendly country to all its neighbors but should not depend too much on any of them and find her own pathways of sustenance, global support and economic strength. The Commonwealth platform could be a win-win situation for the nation provided a section of selfish political groups and individuals do not prevent the nation from opting for the avenue for their short-term gains.

Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada