• Voice Of The People

Jun 27, 2017-

With reference to DPM Gachaddar’s recent positive remarks, one should note that the current election is focused on more realisable goals of permanent constitutional democracy in Nepal (‘Constitution should be implemented with broader acceptability: DPM Gachhadar’, June 24, TKP Online). Nepali politicians, through the current elections, must work towards giving the people a proper democratic mandate. Nepal is considered a successful international peace model. Others can take inspiration from Nepal—a country where  rebels and democratic forces joined hands to serve the people’s democratic and economic aspirations. Former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal did his best to forge a working consensus to make successful local level polls a reality, increased economic productivity and reduced load shedding within the Valley. Sher Bahadur Deuba is once again prime minister at this crucial juncture, and he should lend continuity to Dahal’s successes.

- Surya B Prasai, Washington DC



It would be a great tragedy if our successful conservation efforts are nullified by the killing of wildlife by speeding vehicles on highways passing through national park corridors (‘Wildlife road traffic accidents on rise’, June 23, Page 1). Frankly there are few answers to the problem including constructing new highways that skirt the parks completely or building underpasses and flyovers on the existing ones—solutions that are all easier said than done. In countries like Nepal, CCTVs and surveillance drones are not part of the solution as they are treated more as toys than the serious effective instruments that they are. It is shocking that these gadgets never serve their purpose in Nepal. Therefore, to protect precious wildlife, controlling speed will be the lone solution. For this, there ought to be a temporary security post at every half or one kilometre to enforce speed limits. Either this or we live with increasing wildlife decimation on the roads. 

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 27-06-2017 08:08

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