LETTERS: Scientific literacy

I am writing this piece to acknowledge the very rudimentary fact for why it is necessary to promote scientific literacy in today’s age.

Many Nepalese Hindus are proselytized by western religion just because of the fact they are too far from understanding what it means to relinquish one’s own religion and accept the precepts of foreign religions or the Gods across the oceans.

This is nothing other than the temptation of white money and the luxury of false celestial-dream’s occupation that is recently mushrooming in Nepal. Scientific education may shed light on and erase the ignorance of darkness.

In the name of democracy no one is allowed to trade the innocence of a person and make him or her the ideological tool to dismantle the religion of a native land. It is basically an ideological-colonialism if I may say so.

It is extremely indispensable to promote scientific literacy to make religious nut-jobs or fanatics to be driven in a secularistic approach at least to keep the society on the balance on the ideological scale.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne


This has reference to the article by Pratima Adhikari “Service culture” (THT, April 13, Page 10). I totally agree with the author’s opinion while she writes about service industries and its loots.

On April 12, I headed down to a restaurant for my milk tea. I ordered milk tea, and then I sat on one corner with my laptop.

However, shockingly, 35 minutes was completed, but there was no milk tea on my table. And then, I patiently moved to the front desk.

Again the waiter told to me I still needed to wait for a couple of minutes, and then the milk tea would be ready. This experience made me think seriously when it comes to complaining about delay in service culture of the restaurants.

On top of that, time matters a lot, no matter for whom it may be.. I do not understand why these restaurants are not interested in Nepali customers.

To the best of my knowledge, if a foreigner enters in such restaurants, then they treat them like a god. But it is just otherwise in the case of Nepali customers.

They also do not show decency either, let alone providing services on time. Such behavior must be stopped to promote the hospitality business and tourism. While paying bills Nepali customers pay for their service charges with too much in terms of VAT amounts.

Therefore, restaurants should treat Nepali customers decently as they treat foreigners.

What is frustrating to note is that waiters show such tendencies in restaurants where a lot of foreigners visit, especially during the busy tourism season. Nepalese customers also pay the same amount of money as the foreigners do.

Things would change for the better if the restaurant owners make a little bit of changes in their behavior while serving the customers, be it a foreign or a domestic tourist.

Saroj Wagle, Bara