Sunday, December 4, 2011

Subject: RE: one more article on upper karnali

December 4, 2011
To: Mr Bihari Krishna Shrestha

Cc: 'Dipak'; 'Ajaya Dixit'

Dear Bihari jee

Yes, it definitely looks like as if I am crying in the wilderness. However, I am happy to note that my efforts, to an extent, have succeeded to mobilize a groundswell of support amongst the local people. I have attended a number of interaction programs with them and the result is rather heartwarming. People from 21 districts of Karnali basin have formed Karnali Basin Conservation Society.
A writ petition at Supreme Court on this issue is already under active consideration. I have, in the capacity of a legal practitioner, already attended a number of hearings. (I am, in effect, fighting the war on two fronts: writing articles and also pursuing a PIL at Supreme Court.)
However, I like your idea of “setting up a PIL Alliance for Policy Reform”. Please let me know what the next step is. I am with you all the way.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Bihari Krishna Shrestha []
Sent: Saturday, December 3, 2011 17:58
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: Re: one more article on upper karnali

Dear Ratna jee,

Your pleas seem to be falling in deaf ears all the time. Don't you think that we should make recourse to judicial redressal through PIL. By the way, this is not the only area where such policy redressal is needed. There is rampant corruption at the hands of local politicians because of the default in the Local Self-Governance Act. Similarly, there are such continuing deficiencies and gaps in health and education. Thereforfe, I have been playing with the idea of setting up a PIL Alliance for Policy Reform, to be composed of concerned, independent and widely respected professionals like yourself from different disciplines including law. I have a feeling that since the current leadership of the judiciary seems to be rather quite proactive in the larger interest of the people, the time seems to be quite propitious for a PIL-based approach to reforms in the country The Upper Karnali could be the first test case in this regard. What do you think?

Warm regards

Bihari Krishna Shrestha

----- Original Message -----

From: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 7:51 AM
Subject: FW: one more article on upper karnali

Dear colleague

Here is my new article on upper karnali (again!). You can also peruse it by following the link below:

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