Dhruba Kumar's 'Demobilisation, demilitiraisation and democratisation' (#143) and the rejoinder made a good read. The military is a matter of national pride for every nation and that it costs money to train, equip and upgrade this 'necessary evil', like it or not. Compared to other corrupt governments institutions and ministries, the Royal Nepali Army is one of the most highly trained and disciplined outfits in Nepal, considering the meagre resources available to it. Asking for better equipment is not asking too much. Dhruba Kumar should have exposed the politics that is bringing this country to its knees.