From The Nepali Press
Dhruba Adhikary in Samacharpatra, 16 January
FROM ISSUE #128 (17 JAN 2003 - 23 JAN 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Nepali Times is regarded counted as a quality English language newspaper. It is cited as the paper regularly read by Kathmandu-based diplomats. Since it is edited by a professional and skilled journalist, one doesn't come across too many mistakes or weaknesses in this paper. But there are exceptions. One such exception may be the 3 January issue which has an article on Sikkim. Written by the editor himself, this article carries a strapline that says: "Sikkim is one-tenth the size of Nepal, but it seems to be governed ten times better." Maybe. Kunda Dixit went to Sikkim, looked around and there is no reason to doubt what he has to say. But the message of the piece is incongruous. Sikkim is a state of India. Nepal is an independent nation. How can you compare the two? It may sound like Nepal also needs to move in the direction of becoming like Sikkim. Certainly, that was not the editor's message. Timely cautiousness doesn't do anyone harm.