Voice Of The People
Jan 20, 2017-
Since almost all probe reports on crashes in the Himalayan skies conclude by accusing the dead pilots, we might as well do away with expensive investigations (‘Probe blames pilot stress’, January 16, Money I). The report, as reported in the media, has the feel of a bad Bollywood script. The report commends the pilot for his professional attitude, aptitude, and social conscience. The pilot does not violate standard operating procedure yet he was “overconfident in such unsafe conditions” without being “familiar with the specific low-level weather pattern of hilly narrow valleys”. It is clear from this that the pilot took the unpardonable risk without knowledge and familiarity of weather patterns on the flight path. This makes him fully culpable and questions his professional qualifications and ethics.
But more than the pilot, the tower seems to be guilty. How can the tower be so busy as to not respond (at all) to the ill-fated chopper circling the “sky, waiting for instructions from the air traffic control tower in Kathmandu?” If we do not want to blame the tower, the crash is a classic case of pure bad luck rather than pilot errors. It is also frightening that the committee now recommends “introducing terrain specific training for pilots”. So that hasn’t happened until now? The report cites Fishtail’s “high rate of accidents and incidents” and not launching “any accident prevention programme”. But it does not recommend suspension of the chopper company from flying until effective programmes have been put in place. In other countries, a few crashes lead to grounding of airlines. Soon the report will gather dust, all recommendations will fade away, and it is back to square one until another chopper hits the side of a mountain.
- Manohar Shrestha, via email
The present government head of Nepal, who has a responsibility towards the victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency, has instead been deferring justice (‘Nepal yet to ensure justice to war-era victims’, January 14, Page 1). The victims’ cry for justice is not being heard, while the perpetrators are enjoying prosperity. It is condemnable that the present prime minister seems good only for making false promises. The report of the Human Rights Watch has exposed the reality and the unaccountability of the prime minister. It is an exposure of the country’s bad politics and injustice. Justice delayed is justice denied.
- Ramesh Timsina, Morang
Prime Minister Prachanda is reported to have frivolously indicated the possibility of 10 provinces in federal Nepal (‘10 provinces? Maybe, Dahal tells Nefin team’, January 13, Page 1). While people never wanted federalisation, the Maoists imposed it in 2006 and the NC and the UML could not oppose it. But with the Indian establishment going for the delineation of the hill-free Tarai province(s) including a blockade of landlocked Nepal, it became apparent that Prachanda’s outfit was only acting as a courier for the India-made federalisation agenda. Prachanda’s approach itself has never been more than frivolous. For instance, as chair of CA I’s State Restructuring Committee, he had publicly argued in favour of multiethnic provinces, had agreed in the committee, based on consensus, to submit two parallel proposals to the full CA, one supported by the NC recommending seven provinces and another mainly by the Maoists for 14 ethnicity-based provinces. But in its 127th meeting, Prachanda granted one Sherpa province to a Sherpa UML member and a Mithila province to another Mithila UML member, rechristened four provinces Jadan, Sherpa, Mithila-Bhojpura-Koch-Madhesh, and Lumbini-Awadh-Tharuwan, won over the seven UML members and by a majority vote decided to present only the 14-province model to the full house. All this happened in a span of just 30 minutes. Since a majority of the people do not want federalisation, Prachanda must for once do his countrymen a favour by ending his penchant for frivolity and its creation, the federalisation project.
- Bihari Krishna Shrestha,
Published: 20-01-2017 08:44