- Voice Of The People
Oct 13, 2015-
The Indian gesture of inviting our new prime mister will hopefully bring the sibling rivalry between the two neighbours to an end (‘UML’s Oli elected new PM,’ October 12, Page 1). As the biggest festival of the Hindus starts today, we are confident that India’s swift gesture will end some of the agitation, to clear the way for the uninterrupted supply of fuel and other essentials into the country. There surely is a bright light at the end of the tunnel, which should cheer up the despondent Nepalis who wish to celebrate the holidays. We should also see an end to the black marketers. Of late, the black marketers’ morale has soared owing to the shortage of goods. Even the privileged taxi drivers who have been receiving oil on a daihave been hiking up fares, instead of using the meter, to fleece passengers. We hope the new nationalist government and its ubiquitous ‘youth force’ will force all black marketers, including taxi drivers, onto their knees to serve the customers with fair prices, unadulterated goods and plenty of smiles. We should see Oli’s reign as the proverbial Ram Rajya, with lots of help from our big brother.Manohar Shrestha, via email
Oli has been elected prime minister with the full support of the UCPN (Maoist), and the gentlemen’s agreement between the CPN (UML) and the UCPN (Maoist) clearly indicates that Puspa Kamal Dahal, ‘Prachanda’ might occupy the chair of the president, which is occupied by Dr Ram Baran Yadav now.
The Republic of Nepal has witnessed eight hill-caste Bahun prime ministers, with no other community every occupying the chair of the premiership.
Now if the president is also from the same community, then it will be a violation of democracy in a country that includes a vast number of ethnic communities.
The new developments in Nepali politics might be a further victory for the hill-Bahun community, but it might invite more confrontations in the country.
Karuna Ratna Yami, Kathmandu
Published: 13-10-2015 09:12