Thursday, February 03, 2005

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.



9 Comments:

At 1:00 PM, February 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

heck, i didin't even know these rumors existed in the first place. thanks for the introduction and clarifications of all the rumors.

i am collecting relevant articles/news pieces on current happenings in nepal. if anyone's interested, follow this link:
del.icio.us/moonshake/nepal

 
At 4:55 PM, February 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the communication breakdown ....otherwise blogdai would have many more of his red lines to comment on. But how on earth should we believe that u r the authentic-most. he he ! Hey, I am not justifying the breakdown as such ....but the aftermath of it.

 
At 5:12 PM, February 04, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Thanks dai, the way the western media are treating this story, it looks like blogdai will have more red lines soon!

-=blogdai

 
At 2:46 AM, February 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog Dai,

Can you tell us if the postal system in Nepal is working or not? If we are unable to contact our family via email and phones then we can contact them via snail mail.

Thanks

 
At 7:47 AM, February 06, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Mail in Nepal doesn't work even when its working. Blogdai will check on this for you. My feeling is that international snail-mail will arrive and be held and not delivered.

Blogdai feels that anything that would allow people to coordinate protests or attacks, snail mail for example, has been halted.

-=blogdai

 
At 5:05 AM, February 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Blogdai,
Excellent work of clearing up the "Fog of War" created by the numerous rumours floating about Nepal. I can help your cause in bringing out the truth. Whatever you have posted as answers to questions or rather rumours on Feb 3rd rumor mill are very true. If you want to exchange stories on a one on one babasis then email me at nepalgaurav@hotmail.com. Thankyou.
Nepalgaurav

 
At 8:41 AM, February 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog dai,

you are wrong in about 9-11pm phone lines. The lines are open from 9-11pm nepal time everyday. I am confident to say this because I received a call from ktm.

As for the internet service: Mercantile tried to open the service but got warning from the government.

Tell you sources to try again. Maybe they will have some luck this time.

 
At 12:46 PM, February 07, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Thanks for the update. Apparently, phone service is working intermittently throughout the day. If you can't get through, keep trying.

 
At 1:36 PM, February 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, the international phone lines has been restored.
check the following link
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2005/02/08/stories/2005020802150500.htm

 

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