Blogdai and the Rumor Mill
First, we have had many inquiries about loved ones. We are grouping similar requests together to send to our people in the field. This may make response time a little longer, but you WILL get an answer. Keep up the inquiries and the postings.
Let's go over the scary rumors first.
Electronic communications to be shut down for 6 months. Logistically false. I'm sure our greedy Indian friends are already bringing hand-held satellite phones from Singapore into Kathmandu as we speak. Nepalis will locate, use and expand any system that has slipped through the cracks like V-sat. These lines are already multiplying. Transportation is now open so essentially, so is communication. Internet and phone service cannot be cut off indefinitely. They are some of the few things that work and make money in one of the poorest countries of the world. Blogdai is holding to his guns that mass communication in some form will be up and running in a few days.
There is limited phone service from 9 am to 11 am GMT. False. We've tried it, it doesn't work. Our contacts have tried it, it doesn't work.
The ousted political parties are combining with the Maoists to take on the King. Possible. Koirala and the Maobadis have always flirted, especially when the Nepali Congress gets shut out of something, like last year's peace talks. Communications ban will make this difficult however.
The political parties have shaken hands with the King, all is forgiven. Not a chance.
Maoist leaders Babu Ram and Prachanda are dead. False.
Babu Ram and Prachanda are captured. False.
Babu Ram and Prachanda fled to India. Probably true.
Nepali Congress President G.P. Koirala was taken out of his home and beaten. False.
Actress Manisha Koirala, G.P.'s granddaughter supports the King's move. Very true.
G.P. Koirala fled to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. Confirmed true.
The King is censoring all news media in Nepal. True
Dissent or speaking ill of the King is no longer tolerated. True
Finally, this guy who claimed to be a trapped jounalist in "a major Nepali news house" who just managed to get out a three page expose, via e-mail to the Times of India is a phony. Read the article if you find it then tell me what you think. Blogdai knows that the conditions to which this person refers are probably true, but his logistics and method are a pure fabrication.