LETTERS: Rot in the system
Apropos of the news story “MoFA officials involved in trafficking: House panel” (THT, August 9, Page 1), and the editorial "Criminal alliance” (August 10, Page 8), the rot in the system will imperil the future of this nation.
When politicians and public servants collude and conspire without fear to weaken the system, not even God can stop the country from going to the dogs. It does not require an Einstein’s brain to determine that rampant trafficking and mind-boggling corruption in this Himalayan Republic cannot happen without the implicit complicity and abetment of politicians and public servants. Chudamani (money), the DG of IRD, is accused of embezzlement of mountains of money that will shock even American President Donald Trump “Verdict on petition seeking IRD DG Sharma’s release tomorrow” (THT, august 10, Page 3). Similarly, NOC is caught up in a scandal that will have the honchos of IOC, which is million times bigger than NOC, pinching their skins out of flesh in disbelief. Just who is responsible for cleansing this country of all these malpractices?
When I was a kid my father read to me about a story published in the Indian daily The Statesman on Mahendra’s lightning action on an envoy to Japan, whose son soiled the kingdom’s image by smuggling drugs into Japan. Later his illustrious son Birendra fired an envoy to the US as soon as news came out of his shoplifting adventure.
All right, we have CIAA looking into IRD and NOC, but what action is being carried out to get to the bottom of these criminal practices? Surely the trio of Chudamoney and two other fugitives and a single NOC honcho could not have conspired to defraud the nation. The government should read into the frustration and disillusionment that are seeping into people’s minds to avert major accidents in the near future. Perhaps including the government corruption and inaction into the list of ‘heinous crimes’ and ‘imprisonment until death’ for convicts of human trafficking and public corruption would restore faith of the people in federal democratic republic.
Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu
I am writing this to emphasise the fact that in Nepal the tourism industry may take our country’s economic progress to the next level.
We have so many scenic spots and mesmeric Himalayas and scintillating lakes. This is a smokeless industry and doesn’t need the great many people like in the multinational companies. The most beautiful thing about having natural beauty is that these beauties will not fade away or go anywhere like people from one country to another for settlement.
It is true that our country is suffering from brain drain. However there is no scenic drain of our beautiful landscape. With this in mind, I think tourism will be the reliable and sustainable source of income for our country. But we need to know how to brand and sell Nepal’s tourist attraction at the international level.
Shiva Neupane, Melbourne