Tuesday, June 22, 2010

RE: About the Article in Kantipur

June 15, 2010

To: Dipak Bastakoti Cc: mohan lohani Subject: RE: About the Article in Kantipur


First of all I will say that you need not be disheartened, nor disappointed. I am not saying anything because I am afraid. I am merely exercising caution. If I feared as you have imagined, I could have left this place for greener pastures. I know of many people who have left this country and are forced to work abroad in positions that doesn't befit their qualification and experience. In my case, that will not happen. As I am a CPA from US, I can easily make $ 25,000/month doing professional work there. But I have consciously chosen to stay here; notwithstanding the problems.

But I am not in favor of doing things which will amount to biting a dog back just because the dog has bitten a person. I am basing my decision on ground reality. What I have said about the court system here applies to all citizens of Nepal and my being expert or not is not relevant. As you have rightly pointed out Katuwal benefited due to the failure of court system and similarly Kantipur will benefit if I were to go to court due to that very rot in the system.

However, from the response of the editor of Kantipur (I have sent you his email to me and my response to that) it is clear that Kantipur correspondent has made a mistake and the editor has in a very cryptic manner realized the mistake.

First of all I don't consider myself an expert and more importantly, it is not, please be assured that, a curse to be an expert.

Take care and keep in touch.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Dipak Bastakoti [mailto:yfvd@yahoo.com] Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:08 To: rsansar@mos.com.np Cc: m_p_lohani@yahoo.com Subject: RE: About the Article in Kantipur

रत्न संसार सर, तपाईंहरुको कुरा सुनेर झन निराश भए अब भन्नुस् तपाईं जस्तो फिगर अदालत, वोकिल , पत्रकार देखी डराउनु पर्छ भने नेपालका अरु जनताले कसरी न्याय पाएका होलान मलाई पनि थाहा , कान्तिपुरका तर्फबाट सम्भु थापाले बहस गर्नेछन, जसले दिपक मनाङे , ॠषि धमला हरुको मुद्दाका बहसकर्ता हुन यो मुद्दालाई १० बर्ष कुर्नु पर्दैन किनभने तपाईंलाई हराउन पर्ने केश धेरै लामो समय लगाइदैन यो कहाँ कटुवाल जत्तिको मान्छेको मुद्दा हुनेछ प्रेस काउन्सिल कुन पार्टिको पर्यो कुन्नी, तेसले निर्धारणा गर्ने होला फेरी, सर तपाई एक्स्पेर्ट हुनु नै ठुलो अभिशप हो कि !  
Dipak Bastakoti

--- On Sun, 13/6/10, Mohan Lohani wrote:

From: Mohan Lohani
Subject: RE: About the Article in Kantipur
To: "Ratna Sansar Shrestha"
Cc: yfvd@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, 13 June, 2010, 1:26 AM
Dear Ratna Sansarji,
Thanks for your reply and glad to know that your are weighing several options before you go to court .By the way, I heard both Hari Rokka,CA member and Bikash Thapa on BBC Nepali yesterday Saturday and Bikash had a tough time defending himself when Hari Rokka hit him hard,although Rokka himself is not above board.When Bikash charged him bluntly that Rokka is a Maoist spokesman and that the Maoists are trying to sabotage power projects, he was on the defensive.Any way,Bikash  has now become a controversial figure.
Wishing you all the best and with regards,
Mohan Lohani

--- On Sat, 6/12/10, Ratna Sansar Shrestha wrote:

From: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: RE: About the Article in Kantipur
To: "Mohan Lohani" , "Dipak Bastakoti"
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 6:07 AM
Dear Prof. Lohani and Dipakjee

Thanks for your solidarity. I am exploring the options I have. I am also waiting for their response to my latest emailed letter. I am given to understand that I first will need to approach Press Council before approaching a court. The problem with courts in Nepal is that they take inordinately long time to decide cases and will become very expensive. Kantipur being a rich media house can afford huge amount in legal costs which will be beyond my means to match.
Some well wishers of mine have also opined that it is not appropriate for a person to bite a dog back if the dog bites the person. I don’t want to be in this situation. In Nepal people have already learned quite a lot about this particular reporter and very few people believe in what he writes these days as he has resorted to the practice of writing based on “consideration” received or not given.
I am keeping my options open and promise to keep you posted with the development here.
With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Mohan Lohani [mailto:m_p_lohani@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 6:21
To: Dipak Bastakoti
Cc: rsansar@mos.com.np
Subject: Re: About the Article in Kantipur
Dear Dipakji,
I agree with you that if Ratna Sansarji feels that there is character assassination in Bikash Thapa 's article in which he has been projected as a villain(khlanayak),he could go to court and file a case of defamation.If a person is not guilty,he/she should not be scared to face the open society.Thanks for your advice
Tks and regds,
Mohan Lohani

--- On Thu, 6/10/10, Dipak Bastakoti wrote:

From: Dipak Bastakoti
Subject: About the Article in Kantipur
To: rsansar@mos.com.np
Cc: m_p_lohani@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:18 AM
Dear Ratna Sansar / Lohani sir,

I also read the news article by Bikash Thapa as usual I do about the Hydro and energy of Nepal .
When I read the recent article where your name also reads as Khalanayaka Nepalese Hydro sectors shocked me because some of your interview in TV and other programs and from your blog are quite good and inspirable.

If you are not associated and not Khalanayak of the project please go to the court for defamation and go against these corrupt and yellow writers and journalists and newspapers !!  ( When they write all against Maoists you all clap and laugh, when they write against you then what are you looking for ??? )

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