LETTERS: Work ethics matters

I am dumbfounded to learn one thing that when it comes to talk about the development of a nation we for the most part talk about the role of elite people in the society that they dwell in. From what little I know development is in which everyone has equal contribution whether they are high profile educated office job holders or the scavengers or ploughmen. All have the same level of contribution to making a nation great. The only thing is to find whether there is a well and even distributive role of a denizen or not. That is to say, we should not undermine the contribution of those who are well aware of the application of their pragmatic and worth ethics principles in general.

Working in the first world country I know what it took me to understand the importance of work ethics and culture. Recently I work full time in hospitality sector in Melbourne. I am quite surprised that a fifteen years old girl does the dish washing job with wholehearted passion despite being a daughter of a real estate tycoon. In a layman’s terms, being a daughter of a millionaire she goes to school on weekdays and come to wash dishes during weekends. I am greatly inspired by this culture which teaches us the lesson to be independent from the early age. I can’t imagine in Nepal a millionaire’s daughter or son of her age going to wash the dishes in a restaurant. But this is not the fault of the young generation; it is a problem of whole society how they label the kind of job you do. My whole point here is that everyone has their potential to contribute and make a living. If you make your living then that will eventually make the living of a nation and that’s how it emerges from the underdeveloped world to the developed one. So everything begins from the simple phenomenon.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne

Traffic chaos 

Apropos of a photo of traffic jam at Baneshwor (THT, April 9, Page 2), when the road projects embarked on their noble task, what was their  estimation of the vehicle carrying capacity on this particularly widened road? Do they have any figures of vehicle movement pre-and post-road widening? Surprisingly, one lane on the photo is completely deserted which is a common sight on the roads in Kathmandu. The bottleneck is the Maitighar Mandala. The other common sight at times where one would get stuck for hours is between New Road intersection and Lainchaur only to find the road almost empty all the way right up to the Teaching Hospital. What does this say? Is it lack of traffic management or infrastructural weakness? Smooth traffic flow obviously requires more than widened roads. Kathmandu streets need automatic traffic lights at every bend and a flyover at every big intersection to smoothen the traffic flow. It also needs barriers so that the peasant drivers and bikers do not violate lanes without markings from New Road to Jamal.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu