CK Lal's columns carry his signature courage, wit and bite that have delighted me, but his logic at times appears skewed. In his column "Time to Go" (#43) Lal's conclusion that Girija Koirala must resign goes against the dense evidence and analysis he packs through out the piece cataloguing the prime minister's strengths as a democratically elected leader, his elected status as the party president, his elected status as the leader of the majority party in the parliament, his undefeated record as a parliamentarian and so on. Yet Lal concludes that Koirala should resign. The conclusion is neither dialectical, nor circular nor linear-it's a leap of emotion. Koirala the president and Koirala the citizen of democratic Nepal must discipline his unruly party members and ask Koirala the prime minister to stay and weather the storm for the sake of Nepal's fragile democracy.
Nobody in Nepal possesses a magic wand to fix the country's long-standing problems overnight, not even the king. We have seen them all. What if democracy is short-circuited again as in 2017 BS? Boisterous Nepalis, including Lal, may have to keep their mouths shut for another 30 years.
CK Lal's piece on citizenship ("In a state of statelessness", #42) is of strategic importance for Nepal. We should take timely action regarding the Citizenship Bill before it goes out of control. We do not have any right to deny citizenship to Nepalis. Political parties must take the long-term perspective and act now.
CK Lal is a bigot. Why do you keep publishing his trash?