TO HELP OR NOT
Regarding Dil Shova’s charitable work, the legality of it has now come into prominence, as she has now become the focus of the media (‘Suffer the little children,’ March 2, Page 6). She has been the saving angel for so many destitute and homeless old people for so long and this fact has now taken a back seat. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to do what she has done. She might lack the professionalism and management skills of a slickly run NGO, being illiterate and coming from a humble background. But her compassion and dedication to help the helpless is unquestionable. Now the question is, in an underdeveloped and impoverished country like ours, what is more important: the legality of a charitable work or the work itself? In the light of such an incident, one would think twice before even considering to help the needy, lest one be hassled with the legality of such an act. Even if there were failings from her, the media should be fair and portray both sides of the picture and stop demonising someone who has done what little she can to help others.
C Tuladhar, Thamel
Nepali travel entrepreneurs who complain intermittently about the lack of air seats should be dancing with joy that Nepal and China have concluded the signing of 56 flights per week, which will go up to 70 by 2016 (‘Nepal, China sign revise ASA, February 25, Money I). What is important is that the flights can be by any type of aircraft. This should literally rain Chinese tourists in the country. Even more significant is that Nepali airliners can now make a killing by flying into any destination of their choice from the seven cities on offer, including 3100-year-old Xian, Lhasa and Beijing. As for other industrialists, they too have reason to celebrate as the bilateral agreement extending unlimited traffic rights for cargo-only flights makes it possible for them to move mountains of goods.
J Talchabhadell, Bhaktapur
It is encouraging to know that preparations for holding local level elections within six months are undeway (‘Preparation for local polls under way: DPM,’ March 5, Page 3). It has been almost 12 years since local level bodies have been without elected representatives due to gross negligence of the so-called big parties who never got tired of talking about democracy and claiming themselves to be its champions. The all-party mechanism put in place to implement development activities at the local level turned out to be one of the most corrupt institutions ever. Recently, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority announced that most of the local level development funds were misappropriated in the absence of locally elected bodies. Ultimately, the local population was deprived of much needed services. Assigning one VDC Secretary to look after the daily affairs of two to three VDCs was another blunder committed by the Ministry of Local Development. I hope that this government will announce the date for local elections as soon as possible, elect accountable representatives and ensure that the local population from are not deprived of their rights to receive state services.
Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj
I would like to add something about the behaviour of teachers ( ‘Act wisely, O teachers,’ March 5, Page 6). A teacher’s job is to expand the knowledge of their students but teachers in Nepal tell their students not to speak their mother tongue at home. If you can’t speak your mother tongue at home, where are you going to speak it? Are teachers trying to stamp out the heritage of children? And I would like to remind teachers who make fun of their students’ ‘tone’ that they have an accent too.
T Manandhar, Kathmandu
Teachers must learn and adopt new ways of teaching. Scolding students for their inability to give the right answer, beating and humiliating them in front of their friends must be discouraged by the school authorities. More importantly, parents should also take their kids’ complaints about teachers who beat them seriously, instead of blaming them. Teachers’ as well as society’s obsession with the right and wrong answer according to the textbook discourages students from thinking independently. What is the point of sending children to school if they are not encouraged to question everything? It is high time teachers changed the way they teach.
D Thapa, Lalitpur
Posted on: 2014-03-07 09:12