Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RE: My article in Gorkhapatra

June 29, 2010

ProfSuresh Chalise

Dear Prof Chalise

It’s not that difficult to guess how political parties will react; they definitely will not like the idea at all. Actually they will hate it. But that is the correct way for Nepal to take, if she is to rise above the quagmire of corruption where Nepal is stuck.

Thanks a lot for following up on Khimti controversy. Interestingly, Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament has “summoned” me for a hearing on the same topic next week.

Yes, Bikash Thapa has climbed down (conceded that I was merely a witness of the much damned document) but has failed to do so gracefully. Even in yesterday’s piece of his he has continued to spew venom against me. Looks like he is conducting “mission” journalism against me. He must have more than an axe to grind against me. By the number of words he has invested in “describing” me in his piece yesterday he is hell bent on making a very big man out of me. He has spared a very few words for the ministers, secretaries and MD’s of NEA who decided (as well as were instrumental in deciding) to go ahead with the deal. But he was too kind towards me. Maybe with Kantipur’s help I will become an important person very soon.

Talking about him correcting himself, he has also stopped haranguing against me with regard to export of power from Arun III to India (his gripe was I kept silent about export of power from this project and I pointed out that he was incorrect). This time he is decrying my silence as to export of power from Takamoshi 3 and cites my opposition against West Seti project. Fact is: I am in principle very much against export of power while keeping Nepal in dark. As regards my writing articles, I have done so in the case of specific projects that have found their way into Supreme Court. What he is saying is like a wolf’s complaint against a lamb drinking water downstream for dirtying water upstream. GoN has issued licenses for about 11,000 MW and half of them are export oriented projects. I can’t be expected to write articles on each of them. I have written a number of articles against the concept of free energy from export oriented projects and dedicating projects as export oriented. However, I am not against export of power at all. The logical thing for Nepal is to export the power that we in Nepal cannot consume; but not at dirt cheap rate. My recommendation is: Nepal should buy all power from all projects, use most power in Nepal and export the rest at good price (at which we are importing from India).

Additionally in his piece yesterday, he also criticized me for asking for anti corruption action with regards to projects like west Seti et al and went on to say that action should be taken against me too for Khimti. I welcome it. if I have done any wrong I invite him, his publication and all anti corruption agencies of this country to prosecute me.

It will be pleasure to meet you.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: suresh chalise [mailto:srchalise2002@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 12:19
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
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Dear Ratna Sansarji

Thank you for sending your new article. It  has raised many important points. It will be interesting to know how the political parties will react.

I am also trying to follow the debate between you and Bikas Thapa re. Khimti as well as other hydel projects. In today's ( Monday, Asadh 14) Kantipur, Bikas Thapa mentions your signature as an witness only with ref. to Khimti. Does it mean he has corrected his earlier statement about your involvement in Khimti?

It would be nice to meet and discuss the above at a mutually convenient time. Meanwhile, please continue to keep me informed about your articles.

Best regards
f. Suresh Raj Chalise M.B.E.
G.P.O. Box 4965
Kathmandu, NEPAL
Phone: +977-1-4411467/4410711

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