Thursday, December 23, 2010

Re: FW: Very biased article- today's Kantipur

December 23, 2010
Keshab Poudel

Dear Keshabjee

Good to hear from you. When I conceived the idea to write this article, I was fully aware and prepared for all round criticism. Politicians were busy in self gratification (Atmarati) and going around claiming to be great believers in democracy and were successfully hiding their failure to understand whether/if 2015 constitution had elements of democracy (loktantra). In my article I have even implied that they ignored the lack of democratic elements in the constitution and system in their hurry to ascend to power. Therefore, I seem to have succeeded to antagonize them.

Similarly, we have no dearth of monarchists who not only believe that Mahendra was a democrat but also a great statesman. A few of his actions does indicate that Mahendra had some qualities necessary in a statesman. But he is no democrat by any stretch of imagination. My article has outraged these monarchists too.

It is both comforting and consoling that there are discerning readers like you who can assess an article objectively. This is what keeps me going. I appreciate your sending in your analysis.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

----Original Message-----

From: Keshab Poudel []
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 22:34
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: comment with correction please read Loktantra

Dear Ratna Sansarji,

After reading the comment and my interactions with some of propounder of Loktantra, I found both the sections criticized your views. This is the indication that your article was well written and based on objective analysis. Frankly speaking, you tried to defend the situation that the persons from both the extreme do not like to hear.

I read your article twice and I can say your article in based on fact.

With warm regards


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