Voice Of The People

Kathmandu

May 27, 2016-

FORGE CONSENSUS

The political and constitutional tussles between Prime Minister Oli-led government and the agitating parties do not seem to end soon looking closely at the irresponsible and provocative statements being publicly made by the ministers of the ruling parties on different occasions. Even the prime minister seems to be playing a double standard political game sending improper letters to the agitating forces (‘Gathabandhan seeks ‘proper letter’ for talks’, May 25, Page 1). Even after receiving the prime minister’s letter, the Sanghiya Gathabandhan boycotted the all-party meeting on Tuesday, thwarting Oli’s effort to bring the agitating leaders to the table. There have already been many rounds of discussions between them without any productive results. 

The existing political and constitutional crisis should be solved at the soonest possible, keeping in view the current political situation of the country after the promulgation of the new constitution. If the prime minister is dreaming of a ‘divide and rule’ game, then he must be making a blunder considering the anti-government voices heard in the Kathmandu-centric agitation. This political situation, if not tackled properly, may explode which could be politically very expensive for the Oli-led government. 

There are no alternative for the ruling and disgruntled parties except to forge consensus and extricate the country from the ongoing political and constitutional impasse at the soonest possible. They should now waste no time on blame games and power politics. The quake-affected people are frustrated and desperate due to the government’s apathy towards them. It has already been seven months since the promulgation of the new constitution. It is time for the ruling parties to be sincere and responsible for creating a political environment conducive to bringing the Sanghiya Gathabandhan to the negotiating table.

Rai Biren Bangdel

Maharajgunj, Kathmandu

ON BUDDHA’S PATH

It is commendable that Nepal and other countries that participated in the International Buddhist Conference concluded the event with a 10-point declaration (‘Int’l conference ends with 10-pt declaration’, May 22, Page 1). It is great that the participants have sought to promote Buddha’s middle path by fostering peaceful coexistence, neighbourly harmony and mutual tolerance in their daily lives, as opposed to some parochial interests that continue advocating violence, separatism, communal discord and international terrorism, disrupting peace and stability.

Buddha’s middle path can indeed ameliorate the negative thinking that pervades some of Nepal’s current generation of leaders who often get embroiled in petty politics and polarise societies for their personal agenda rather than promoting the feelings of unity and peace.   

The government should encourage all political leaders to internalise Buddha’s teachings and prioritise the Lumbini declaration, which will help foster national and regional peace. 

Surya B Prasai

Washington DC

FINDING FAULTS

I was really inspired and felt quite optimistic after reading Shyam KC’s article (‘No laughing matter’, May 20, Page 6). His words are clearly in favour of Prime Minister KP Oli’s new dream of Nepal’s own ships that would carry the national flag in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Needless to say, this ambitious plan is feasible provided that national unity and coordination among political leaders remain strong.

 The problem with the critics who are making fun of Oli’s grand vision is that they have failed to internalise the meaning behind the saying, ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ Unsurprisingly, such critics are always looking for faults in the government. But they should note that all ambitious leaders were considered crazy at one point or the other. People must realise that ambitious goals look impossible until they are achieved. 

Sanjog Karki

Palpa

Published: 27-05-2016 08:49

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