- Voice Of The People
Feb 9, 2018-Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has returned to the Indian capital city Delhi on Friday after wrapping up a series of political meetings with Nepali leaders which began immediately upon her arrival in Kathmandu on Thursday and continued right till her departure from Nepal. The Indian Embassy has described the visit as a successful one though India had stated the visit as having no agenda (‘Swaraj pledges help for new governments’, February 3, Page 1). Had there been an agenda, it would have been easy to judge whether or not the visit was successful. A visit without any agenda should not have been easy to judge. India claiming it was a successful visit only suggests that there was a clandestine agenda that is neither made public by Nepali leaders or by India.
- Karuna Ratna Yami,
The report that Devghat, the famous pilgrimage site of the country, would soon have an electric crematorium is most appalling because it is an ill-design aimed at the destruction of our culture by the anti-Hindu and anti-Hindu framers of the constitution of Nepal (‘Devghat to have electric crematorium’, February 7, TKP Online).We die only once in this life and there is absolutely no reason why we have to be cremated in a way that destroys our culture. There is neither scarcity of wood, nor ghats or technology to develop the ghats into pollution-free holy sites to connect this life with the next one. I have heard that the World Health Organisation has brought to the attention of our government the fact that Kathmandu has been recorded as the dirtiest city on the Earth. Yet, this is surely not due to our culture of cremation. This is surely is due to the irresponsibility of the government, the lack of sensibility. The ill-designs which destroy our culture are also a part of this irresponsibility. No Hindus would tolerate the anti-Hindu ill-designs against our country and culture.
- Ravi Manandhar, Kathmandu
The dependence on aid has been a significant problem for Nepal from the start. Remittances as well as money brought in from international aid agencies have contributed to the development of a huge economic bubble and consequently a sense
of entitlement to hand-outs.
Imagine either remittances or international aid were cut off from one moment to the another. Who could pay for the goods that daily go across the shop counters, especially more expensive goods? The majority of people still go about their daily routines in ways that can hardly be differentiated from those lifestyles encountered decades ago. These are also the people that rarely benefit from the changes witnessed in the past decade. With the caretaker government providing new hand-outs for the elderly, the budget is being strained, and the idea that the government should take care of all problems is only being promoted (‘Irresponsible decision, Feb 7, Page 6). This does not mean that the government should not help at all. But the
government needs to stay within its own limits and should rather use the money for employment/productivity schemes.
- Ujwol Karki, Via e-mail
Published: 09-02-2018 08:02