Voice Of The People
Jul 11, 2011-
The Nepali tradition of yielding to the powerful and pinning down the weak is repulsive (“Mixed signals,” July 4, Page 6). The 601 so-called ‘lawmakers’ have swindled the people by illegally extending the Constituent Assembly, and yet nobody challenges this move. People, especially elites, have succumbed to the powerful Prachanda and his yes-men, because anyone who dares to question him will be harmed. Even the journalists are afraid to criticise him. What kind of free speech is this?
The development of schemes that will benefit locals of beautiful tourist hotspots as well as encouraging conservation of mountain locales and spiritual traditions is a must (“Hidden valleys of Beyul Kyimolong,” Jan 22, Page 10). The policies in Beyul Kyimulung are exactly what the place needs. I have long been interested in Nepal’s development—I visited the country a couple years ago, and my uncle was the first American ambassador to Kathmandu!
Stephen Philip Long
I find it odd that the British Ambassador John Tucknott should write a pontificating article about corruption in Nepal. (“Grinding corruption,” July 5, Page 7). For years, British banks have been doling out cash to powerful politicians in return for favourable policies. In the past decade, the government passed laws to inflate house prices, requiring the average breadwinner to spend half of his income, for over half their lives, on mortgage payments. These payments later became a private tax. Still, the banks proceeded to use the money for speculation. A few years ago, they lost massive amounts of money, and got in touch with their political masters, who ‘found’ a trillion pounds to bail out the banks by cutting pensions, library funds and university grants. No substantial political debate occurred because every party gets its money from the banks and all agreed that the government should make good the bankers’ losses. In a way, Britain is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and no British ambassador should pretend otherwise.
ASIAN Paints has always taken proactive steps to minimise the negative effect of its business on stakeholders ("Popular paints cross toxic lead limit," July 10, Page 4). We feel that the article is unfair and overly harsh on our organisation as we have been trying to minimise the use of heavy metals and hazardous materials in our paint despite the lack of legal regulations in Nepal. In fact, we have, effective April 2010, eliminated added lead, mercury, arsenic and chromium from all our products manufactured in Nepal. We feel this must be noted to avoid our company's disrepute. Lead free logo is displayed in all Enamel Paints we are producing now.
Asian Paints, Nepal
Published: 12-07-2011 08:59