Print Edition - 2015-11-29 | Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor
Nov 29, 2015-
NATION IN CRISISIt goes without saying that the Madhesi Morcha has been protesting in the Tarai since the first draft of the constitution was presented, demanding that the state address its concerns. Since then, there have been talks between the Morcha and the government, but to the utter dismay of the people, all the talks have ended inconclusively (‘People long for some good news,’ November 21, Page 1).
As the Madhes movement has been going on for more than three months now, its adverse effect on our already fragile economy is slowly being visible. In the meantime, the blockade imposed by India has added insult to the injury of the common people who are worst hit by the longstanding crisis. Equally affected are the school and college students as they have been deprived of their right to education due to the frequent closure of educational institutions in the name of short supply of fuel and strikes.
Needless to say, if this state of affairs continues, our country faces a huge risk of becoming a failed state in the near future. Therefore, before such situation prevails and the country and people get into more severe trouble, the government and the agitating parties should engage in more serious and decisive talks to end the protests at the earliest.
Rupak R Khanal, Bhaktapur
If Percy Brown were to return to the Kathmandu Valley today, he would pen a touching eulogy, if not an obituary, at the growing obliteration of ‘a distinctive art of its own—Newari School of art’ (‘Past glories,’ November 17, Page 6). How can further aggravation of the great cultural heritage that once included the great expanse of pristine and fertile farmlands be checked on the face of continuing onslaught by the barbaric urbanisation that has accelerated since the mid-1990s? Perhaps we need a Percy Brown or a Tony Hagen or a Pablo Picasso himself to appreciate and preserve such a unique heritage that has earned Nepal a string of international praise. In order to properly preserve the arts and cultures, whose adulteration and destruction will gravely curtail tourist arrivals, not to speak of Unesco admonishment, the government must entrust the task to the people with unlimited imagination, unrequited love and passion for arts.
Manohar Shrestha, via email
The recent incident of Indian SSB entering into Nepal’s territory and firing at four Nepali citizens shows how arrogant India has become when it comes to Nepal. The audacity of the Indian government to claim that the incident took place within Indian territory
is even more frustrating. The only silver lining in this entire situation is that our deadbeat Foreign Ministry has finally done some work (‘Firing did take place on Nepali soil: Govt,’ November 27, Page 1). This incident is a grave violation of our integrity and sovereignty. It is time to internationalise the current crisis that Nepal has been forced to bear because of India.
Rashmi Thakur, via email
Published: 29-11-2015 09:13