Nepali Times

In his long and rambling interview to the state-run media (and I thought Ganeshman Singh was a rambler) the king has compared party-palace differences to a squabble between a husband and wife. ('We mustn't get stuck at every bend', #263) Metaphors are metaphors, but who is the husband here and who the wife?

The king's effort so far has been to put the royals firmly on a pedestal to dictate terms of any palace-party embrace, but he should know that the parties are already serving their divorce papers. The marriage, always dysfunctional because the partner have thoughts of themselves as adversaries, has already reached the point of collapse. The king better run after them with a bunch of roses and some sincere apologies if he wants to save the marriage. Personally, I think we should all look forward to a divorce between the palace and parties to get out of this 55-year-old mess that started in 1950. Like his grandfather and father, this king is after political supremacy. The marriage has not worked in the past, it never will. It is time for the country to get out of a hurtful and dysfunctional arrangement.

Name withheld on request

. For all the ridicule that has been heaped on His Majesty's tour of wlestern Nepal and his interview on NTV, one thing comes across loud and clear: the sincerity of the monarch in finding a way out of the country's number one problem-- the conflict. That is what the people told him they wanted on this trip and that is what he is determined to do. The parties and their infantile antics and the self-righteous indignation of the international community is just a distraction. This king will do what he has to do.

Rishi B Singh,

. Your editorial 'Seeing enemies everywhere' (#263). Nepali polity vis-?-vis the palace and the parties has always been a cloak and dagger affair. The only difference today is that it is no longer happening in the shadows. This showdown should have taken place decades ago, that we would perhaps not have faced such ordeals. That struggle for supremacy has taken its toll: the king's fixation and 'allergy' to party politics is no longer a secret. You say that 'to fix things all (the king) needs to do is sit down jointly with the party leaders and sort it out over tea'. Wish it was as easy as that. Apres moi le deluge is not the solution, but we may as well get this confrontation over and done with as soon as possible so we don't have to procastrinate?

G Regmi,
Dilli Bajar

. In his Guest Column, 'Aceh and us', (#262) Subindra Bogati hits the nail on the head with his assertion: 'After 10 years and 13,000 lives even if we find a solution we owe it to the victims to once and for all address our society's core injustices. Even if this war is worth prolonging it shouldn't be Nepal's long-suffering poor who should be doing the dying.' Brilliant, and a sentiment I wholeheartedly endorse. The perpetrators of this calamity are either lodging in their safe sanctuaries across the border or in fortified bunkers in Kathmandu. Meanwhile in Pili and Salyan and Kailali and Chitwan, it is ordinary Nepalis who are laying down their lives. In his tour of western Nepa, King Gyanendra quoted the Gita to ask the people not to look for rewards but to work hard. The Nepali people have suffered enough, let's not ask them to endure anymore.

P Bhupati,
Naya Baneswor

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)