Voice Of The People

Jun 10, 2016-

SHOW POLITCAL SINCERITY

The Federal Alliance (FA), comprising the Madhesi and Janajati parties, has decided to intensify its political struggle by launching a month-long relay hunger strike in Kathmandu and other districts to exert pressure on the Oli-led government to fulfil its political and constitutional demands (‘Agitating leaders go on relay fast’, June 8, Page 3). However, looking closely at the PM Oli’s working style, it does not look like the ongoing political struggle between the FA and the government will end soon.

Fortunately, no serous incident has occurred so far in the Kathmandu-centric agitation, indicating that the FA’s cadres and security forces are showing maximum restraint in order to avoid human casualties. Otherwise, the Madhes-based political agitation in the last seven months has been violent and caused a huge number of human casualties. About 50 innocent people lost their lives due to excessive use of force by the security forces as claimed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) during its field observation. If the Oli-led government continues to undermine the FA’s agitation, political consensus in the near future seems unlikely. 

It is high time the ruling parties were serious about bringing the agitating forces to the negotiating table. Otherwise, more political confrontations could bring more misfortune upon the nation. The level of frustration and dissatisfaction among the agitating forces towards the apathy of the government is gradually increasing, which might be politically costly for the Oli-led government in the days to come. 

Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

ADDRESS THE GRIEVANCES

The voices raised by the plastic bag manufacturers are quite understandable (‘Plastic bag manufacturers urge government to rethink ban’, June 3, Money II). Needless to say, the ban on plastic bags has been a real nightmare for them. The manufacturers have appealed to the government that this sudden ban has jeopardised the survival of more than 30 plastic factories in the Morang-Sunsari Industrial Corridor and the jobs of hundreds of workers.

Although the plastic ban is welcome, noodles, biscuits and other food items, packed inside the plastic materials, are still being sold in the market. If so, how can we have a clean and healthy environment simply by banning the production, sale, distribution and use of plastic bags? 

Moreover, the claims of the manufacturers should not be dismissed entirely. There is no guarantee that the workers in the industry would get employment elsewhere, especially given the high unemployment rate in the country. We all know of the various problems unemployment can bring upon people as well as upon the society they are a part of. So the government ought to address their grievances properly.

Sanjog Karki, Palpa

RIP THE GREATEST!

Nepal has enough reasons to mourn Muhammad Ali’s death (‘Heavyweight gold with wit as sharp as sword dies’, June 5, Page 1). Not only was he the greatest boxer of all times, but he also fought for the dignity of the poor and the blacks of not only America but throughout the planet without shedding a drop of blood except his opponents’ and his own in the ring. 

When he spoke of injustice and inequality for the blacks, he did not blame 240 years of white rule. Instead he used his intelligence and verbal missiles, and not khukuris and rifles, to shoot down the injustices in societies. By staging two of his most memorable and defining fights in the third world capitals at Manila and Kinshasa, both ruled by dictators, he helped focus the glare on the plight of the people of these countries. 

If only we had an Ali, we would not have been pushed back by 240 years to correct the injustices, perceived or real, of 240 years and killed 16,000 and maimed hundreds of thousands of people. You are missed as much in the Himalayas as in the world. Rest in peace, Muhammad Ali! We will sorely miss you.

Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 10-06-2016 08:08

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