Letter to the Editor
Sep 27, 2014-
The open border between India and Nepal is a double-edged sword (‘Officials: Unregulated border main reason behind crimes,’ September 22, Page 4). Aside from brotherhood, camaraderie, mutual praise, and talk of age-old relations and cultural similarities, there are national security exigencies that call for proper control and regulation of the border in order to maintain long-term peaceful and professional ties. No one will dispute the benefits people living across the border have gained from the open border. But the other side of the coin is that the open border gives free and unhindered access in both directions to criminals, smugglers, and potential terrorists, posing a grave danger to both nations. A regulated border would work as a bulwark against criminality and foster mature and even stronger relations between the two friendly nations.
J. Talchabhadell, Bhaktapur
After going through the article (‘Milked to death,’ September 21, Page 6), one can easily surmise that it has been written after visiting unscrupulous dairy farm owners, who keep cattle for the sole intention of making money, without taking even basic care of the animals. I’m sorry to hear that there still are such practices, which have unfavourable impacts on the whole industry. Although India has become the world’s largest milk producing country, such a message certainly tarnishes its image around the world.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has mainly highlighted what goes wrong in the dairy business, ie, a lack of hygiene in the shed and food troughs, hormone injections, diseases etcetera, that could even lead to the death of cows. But I would have appreciated it if she had mentioned some technologies available to safeguard the animals and their produce, milk. Her one-sided message may create confusion among consumers about whether or not they should drink milk. Generally, people know the importance of milk in daily life, particularly for newborns. A clarification would certainly be helpful to consumers.
Arun Shrestha, Lalitpur
Once again, news of a despicable incident (‘Six-year old ‘raped’,’ September 23, Page 4). The newspaper are often filled with such incidents, appearing at least weekly. The victimised children are traumatised so deeply that not only their childhoods, but their whole lives are ruined (if they are lucky enough to survive). The punishment according to our law cannot do justice to the seriousness of the crime in any way. Hence, a life sentence should be put in place for such crimes. Any weaker punishment for such child rapists will amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Sameer Pokhrel, Tikapur
The news about women’s leader and politician Sahana Pradhan’s death made the front page, but there was no photograph of her (‘Torchbearer for girls’ education is no more,’ September 24, Page 1). Instead, there was a photograph of Jhala Nath Khanal placing flowers on the deceased’s body. That was quite unsuitable. There should at least have been a picture of Sahana Pradhan, so people would know what she looked like.
T Manandhar, Kathmandu
Published: 28-09-2014 10:07