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Not all good

  • Letter to the Editor

Sep 25, 2016-

While the article on Mother Teresa gives us an insight into her life, we should not overlook the other side of her work (‘Serving humanity’, September 20, Page 7). The quality of care in her hospices was questionable, the charity’s accounts were opaque and she was against the use of contraception. In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, she openly spoke about her opposition to abortion, which violates a woman’s right to reproduction. Her belief that it was ‘beautiful’ for the poor to accept poverty is unacceptable. She also believed that suffering brought people closer to heaven, blocking access to painkillers. When she told a dying patient in terrible condition that her pain from cancer was “the kiss of Jesus” the patient told her, “then please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.” While her altruism is commendable, things could have definitely been done better to improve the lives of the sufferers. 

 

Nissim Raj Angdembay, via email

Karki vs Maoists 

 This is a development that might do the country a lot of good (‘Maoists’ response to come today’, September 18, Page 1). As the Supreme Court issues ultimatum to the government to produce Karki’s appointment letter, which the latter retorted that it has lost in the great earthquake, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority comes up with the corruption capsule to terrorise the Maoists. It is not difficult to surmise that there was a tacit 

and dirty agreement and understanding between the two to maintain silence over some serious issues on a quid pro quo basis. For whatever reasons, that agreement is now in a danger of coming out in the public that might cover the warring parties from head to toe with mud and slush. Understandably, there might be last minute deals to make peace and push the ‘skeletons’ deeper into the abyss. The Supreme Court should now pursue the matter to unearth all possible dirty deals and bring the truth at the doorstep of the people. 

Manohar Shrestha, via email

 

Time to act

 Unpredictable and unprecedented imbalance in ecosystem and climate change has brought many uncertainties for us humans (‘Half a degree’, September 18, Page 7). The alarming threats posed to living creatures by such natural catastrophes are immeasurable. Besides, surprisingly in recent times, even scientific predictions and logic regarding weather forecasts, particularly of rainfall patterns, have become worthless to a large extent. This is a big reason to worry and a challenge for modern scientists. Nepal is among the most vulnerable nations in terms of insecurity posed by climatic conditions. To make matters worse, this has adverse effects on the agriculture sector. An agricultural country like ours has to suffer much more from such ecological and natural imbalance. Moreover, Nepal often succumbs to the threats of natural disasters. The erratic climate patterns can be a detriment to the country’s prosperity. This will have a severe impact on Nepal’s already fragile economy that may harm the country in the long run. It is high time that Nepal made efforts to join hands with other nations to fight climate change. The time has finally arrived for Nepal to turn around from its never ending political instability and domestic chaos to being responsible. By collectively pledging allegiance with the giant nations for the resolution of such hurdles, we can halt further escalation of pain and suffering. 

Sanjog Karki, Palpa 

Published: 25-09-2016 08:13

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