LETTERS: Stop playing blame game
There’s no point in holding talks between the major parties and the agitating Madhesi parties to resolve disagreements regarding the resolution of the Tarai movement “Resolve Tarai stir through talks: NHRC” (THT, Jan. 18, Page 2). Moreover, this cannot even envisage resolving the prolonged Tarai unrest. This rampant barbaric act will certainly wreak havoc on the harmonious development of the country. Eventually, this will certainly be a grave issue of the country sooner or later. The divisive game of politicians and stakeholders has put the resilient Nepali people in an awkward position. Moreover, this has jeopardized their optimistic anticipations. The biggest question is who is going to take responsibility of vandalism of vehicles, government’s and political parties’ offices during the so-called peaceful movement? And who really benefits from all these disastrous losses? The responsible politicians and stakeholders, instead of playing a blame game, need to do proper homework before attending any crucial meetings and both sides must be ready to give up their rigid stances for the sake of the nation and the people. The agitating side should understand the fact that the vexed constitutional issues cannot be resolved overnight. They must be ready to implement the constitution for a couple of years to understand the real problem posed by the new constitution.
Sanjog Karki, Tansen
Apropos to the article “China’s New Silk Road” (THT, Jan. 19, Page 8), one must mention that such an ambitious global project may not come soon or easy as several competing nations across the West and Asia do not consider this to be simply a socio-economic opportunity but a long term plan of China to strengthen infrastructure for military dominance and establishing hegemony. China herself is to blame for this; as her aggressive and jingoistic foreign policy scared and alerted several smaller nations across the South China and East China Sea as well as in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region. Furthermore, although widely propagated as a close friend; Russia has never been and will never be close to China. They are just allies under compulsion and historically have never trusted one another deeply in any initiative and always look at each other with suspicion. What could have been a wonderful global project has been self-jeopardized by China by adopting an aggressive stance against a number of long standing friendly neighbours across the South and East China Sea and across the Himalayas by repeated aggressive military and naval threats and by issuing irresponsible jingoistic statements. A strong allegiance seems to be developing between formidable opposing neighbours such as Japan, S. Korea, India, Australia, SE Asia and the US. International border disputes and disputed maritime territories cannot be negotiated by threats and jingoism, avoiding the peaceful path of negotiations on the table. The unnecessary aggression of China has brought the US to play a very crucial role in the Asia-Pacific region, and they would now not allow the OROP to proceed easily.
Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada