Your editorial ('Don't do it', #225) exemplifies the myopia of Nepal's liberal pseudo-democrats who have lost sight of what 'civil liberties' are ultimately for. You seem to want democracy for democracy's sake even if it has been proven time and again that it is like a coconut in the hands of monkeys such as Girija P Koirala. Unless our so-called democratic leaders stop behaving like royalty both within their parties and when they are in power, having a parliament or democratic institutions has no meaning. This is the reason for the present anarchy, and some people want to restore parliament and give power back to them. For what? So they can finish off the country once and for all?
Gyan Subba, email
. The recent Raj Parishad conference sent a clear signal to the public: the Panchayat regime is about to be resurrected, not by intention but by necessity. King Gyanendra has an important decision to make and faces the test of time as a leader. Twelve years ago, the people of Nepal had the option of being led in a democratic way, which never came to fruition. Today, regretfully, the only option they may have is to be led in an autocratic way.
D Mahat, Baltimore