Letter to the Editor
Aug 1, 2015-
JOURNEY OF LIES
The human traffickers who are promising Temporary Protected Status to the highly ambitious Nepali populace must be linked to the country’s political mandarins, parties and other higher-ups in some way (‘Embassy warns against false promises in US,’ July 25, Page 1). It would be nice to send these crooks to prison and punish them in such a way that they will remember it till the end of their lives. The sooner this is done, the better it will be for the victims and the countries like US which will be burdened with the responsibility of looking after them. All that the crooks need is a public dressing-down of one among them. This will discourage others from crafting epic journeys of Homerian proportions for the not-so-innocent masses, who are as much guilty for their desire to illegally visit the US. Thus, people responsible for such actions should also
Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu
It was indeed an exciting news report to read (‘Main priest appeals for slaughter-free rituals,’ July 29, Page 1). This new development could perhaps motivate people not to sacrifice animals in religious places. If the management’s call is followed by the people, then the 2019 Gadhimai Mela can be a bloodshed-free affair. There is a strong belief among the devotees that by sacrificing animals, Gadhimai Goddess will grant them prosperity and their pending wishes will also coming true.
Animal Network Nepal (AWNN) deserves appreciation for taking this initiative in collaboration with Humane Society International, India and Gadhimai Trust to end the animal sacrificing rituals that take place in Bara district every five years. Last year, about 5,000 buffaloes and other 100,000 small animals were slaughtered to please Gadhimai Goddess. It is not easy to end this century old tradition that has been deeply ingrained in our culture.
Nonetheless, this religious but cruel ritual needs to be gradually discouraged in this 21st century. For that, concerned NGOs and animal activists need to be proactive by regularly organising awareness campaigns in order to raise public awareness against the rituals of animal sacrifice. It is hoped that the next Gadhimai Mela will be held in a bloodshed-free manner.
Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj
BIG CITY BUS
I was very happy to hear that the Kathmandu Metropolitan City has signed an agreement with Sajha Yatayat to buy new vehicles (‘KMC to buy vehicles for new bus service,’ July 30, Page 2). People will definitely benefit from this and hopefully, will not have to stand while travelling in buses. But it is still uncertain if these new buses will be able to give fast service, like microbuses. Buses waste a lot of time while picking up passengers, thus, consuming valuable time of the travellers, which discourage people from using the buses. Even I hardly travel by while going to college or while returning back home as it takes longer to commute in a buses compared to a microbus. Additionally, the big busses that are to be bought might further worsen the traffic of the city. So the respective authorities should keep these problems in mind while implementing the new bus service.
Shreedhar Acharya, Kathmandu
Published: 02-08-2015 08:44