By P. Kharel
Desh Bhakta Morcha
Desh Bhakta Janatantrik Morcha has fired a shot announcing that it would soon launch a nationwide protest campaign to highlight its ideas and the mismanagement of the national governance by what it describes as a corrupt and incompetent rulers who have betrayed the very people who had pinned hopes in them at the time of the “People’s War”.
Its chair and senior leader of NCP (Revolutionary Maoist) CP Gajurel has pledged to launch a fortnight-long campaign against the government from Mechi to Mahakali. The rally will cover also Jhapa in the East and Kanchanpur in the West along with Chitwan and Kathmandu in the central region.
“What has the government that promised ‘Happy Neepalese’ given in the last nine month? Back-breaking taxes at three levels,” he told a press briefing in Kathmandu, announcing the fortnight long protest rally starting from Fagun 7, which was also the 1990 start date and Baburam’s ultimatum set for the 1995 civil war.
Chaitra 24 will have a “glimpse of the people movement”, in its third edition, he said.
Think before the plunge
All deputy speakers in the provincial assemblies are women, thanks to the constitutional stipulation that either the speaker or the deputy speaker should be a woman. The seven provinces all have women as deputy speakers who, however, complain of having have been reduced to the role of a mere time keeper.
Apparently, the deputies find their roles “very limited”, and yet they cannot risk being seen overly active, lest they be construed as overstepping the jurisdiction of the speakers. This is at least what they expressed during a programme recently.
But why did they accept the post in the first place, if they thought that the role was “too limited”? Or did they accept the posts without known what they would land themselves onto? Advisors to the prime or ministers have also made similar complaints previously. At least one of them resigned when he felt dissatisfied that he could barely meet the boss who hired him in the first place. Those not satisfied with the work, it would be in the fitness of things for them to step down at the earliest, no Man, or M’me? Before taking the plunge into an appointment, one needs to invoke an improvised adage: Think before you take the plunge!
Portrayal of women in entertainment industry, including advertising world, has drawn flak from generally women. Movies, comedy serials and stage shows, including skits and musical soirees, offer “disgraceful scenes and dialogues that are not women-friendly”, complained women activists a few days ago in the capital city.
At a programme, comedian role player Deepak Raj Giri said that producing a comedy without mocking at any character would be impossible. It would be like asking a person to swim by tying his hands and legs. “This will be more like a moral education, not a comedy,” he added.
Gender activists could also strive for persuading, rather convincing, womenfolk of refusing to be portrayed that compromised the basic sensitivity of the feminist variety. It should be easier convincing the victims than the chauvinists who have been dominating the scene since time immemorial.
Tribhuvan University’s rector DrSudhaTripathi has come out strongly in favour of examination question papers being set in both English but also in Nepali. But she stopped from going further. The fact is that students should be allowed to write also in Nepali language. Many university teachers privately admit that students examinees would in all probability would perform better if they were permitted to elect Nepali as their medium of written expression.
TU’s existing academic stipulation, introduced five years ago with the reintroduction of the semester system on “phase-wise basis”, calls for teachers to enforce English as the medium of instruction. This is something many teachers find a faltering task after having spent much, or all, of their academic lives using Nepali as the medium of instruction.
The need is to dump the practice altogether. In case, university authorities are bent on not retracting, they could at least issue a five-year programme, starting from Bachelor’s level classes, to make English medium compulsory. This way, students would gradually be tuned to the new requirement; and so would their teachers.
Fuel for scandal
Naya Patrika, whose copy sales have had a meteoric rise in 2018, especially after lowering its copy price from Rs 10 to Rs 5, carried main story last fortnight exposing how virtually all ministers were taking double benefits for fuel. Many ministers claimed they were ignorant about it. What would they do to others if such claim of ignorance had been made? The law says that claiming ignorance about any regulation is not excuse for necessary legal or administrative action.
The minimum the recalcitrant ministers could do is to refund the excess benefits they appropriated and trumpet about it to the news media, at least, so that all know that they errorred but they corected themselves once they were no longer ignorant, thanks to NayaPatrika.
Comment in Nepal Samacharpatra on Nepali Congress chief SherBahadurDeuba’s handling of his party affairs: “It is not for nothing that King Gyanendra pronounced him incompetent.”