Re: Interview with Madhav Kumar Nepal (#72). Madhav Nepal and the likes of him in the opposition make me sick (I am not saying that the Nepali Congress is any better). In a responsible democracy like ours, the opposition has a very important role to play. When has Madhav Nepal played a constructive role? What did Madhav Nepal do when he was briefly in power? How many times has Madhav Nepal done about turns in his position? How can he blame only the Congress party for the mess that the country is in? The Congress party will not do it because they do not have the moral authority to do it, but I think the Emergency should be widened to bring all politicians and everybody who have plundered in the last twelve years to book. This would go some way to address the problems of our country that you have so well outlined in your editorial, "Uncivil war".
I really see no point in reading the Nepali press anymore, since it has nothing but government statements on the progress of the war. This is a struggle between the forces of freedom and those opposed to it. You do not fight Maoists by destroying freedom and suspending democracy. That is exactly what they want you to do, isn't it? Please, let's not be like the enemy.
Let me commend you on your hard-hitting editorials "Uncivil wars" (#72) and "Pressure cooker war" (#71). We can imagine the constraints that you work under with the new media guidelines, but it is encouraging to see sober and responsible voices like yours who still call a spade a spade, and remind us that the Maoist insurgency is fundamentally a failure of development and the political leadership. As you say, it will not be resolved on the battlefield with Nepalis killing Nepalis. We wish you all the best.
N Thapa and L Gurung