Print Edition - 2016-07-24 | Letter to the Editor
THE GOOD DOCTOR
Jul 24, 2016-
We know that Dr Govinda KC has been staging a hunger strike for a noble cause (‘Doc’s health fast deteriorating’, July 20, Page 1). Unfortunately, the government is not willing to address his demands satisfyingly.
On the tenth day of his hunger strike, a handful of people visited him to know about his demands and health condition. They paid him a visit only after there was widespread public outrage over the situation. What a shameful matter for us!
According to the news story, Dr Dibya Singh, a member of the medical team attending to Dr KC, reported that there are fluctuations in Dr KC’s blood pressure. He is also having chest pains and muscle cramps.
The sooner the government notices his health condition, the wiser it will be. We are ordinary mortals, not God. Nobody knows the future, so timely decision from the government is highly required in this regard.
If Dr KC’s demands are political in nature, the government should treat them as such without any delay. The government should take a decision soon in order to resolve this problem.
Saroj Wagle, via email
We can conveniently push back our wish of a US$100 billion economy—Nepal 2030—by a few hundred years, preferably by 4030 (‘Nepal 2030’ and ‘Let’s get together’, July 19, Page 6). Year 2030 is only 12 years and five months away and it is unlikely that the people who have squandered a decade and half doing almost nothing except politicking will have the vision or instrument to achieve such a huge task. Besides, as Shakya points out, as long as “the inward looking Nepali society and businesses run by protectionist cartels and syndicates are keeping foreign investors at bay”, we can say goodbye to foreign investment. Let us also not forget that there are several investors who are still licking their wounds after being conned by our tourism and hospitality syndicates. The most important question is: in which area the foreign investors can put in their money to get their returns? Surrogacy? Hemp farming? Abortion? We can tell from experience that investing in tourism, hydro export and agriculture is like venturing out barefoot on Everest. You end up dead broke or with severe gangrene. Investors can make more money by investing in a food cart in Shanghai or opening a momo shack in Goa. All these make 4030 the most realistic date for Nepal to graduate into a middle-income country.
Manohar Shrestha, via email
After having read the news about the brick kilns in Tanahu, I want my government to immediately take initiatives to punish the culprits (‘Majority of Tanahu brick kilns breaching govt rules’, July 14, Money II). Ideally speaking, for a responsible government, what is the big deal about investigating a case that reeks of corruption anyway? Your newspaper has done a commendable job unmasking it. As a responsible and conscious citizen, I demand action from my government and that updates about it be published in national dailies in the days to come. This irregularity, if not stopped on time, can have all-round impacts such as on revenue, environment, etc, not to mention the bad precedent such an apathetic attitude of the government sets.
Ganesh Poudel, Surkhet
Published: 24-07-2016 11:44