It's clear now that the King's crackdown on the Nepal media and all outward communication was not just to impress his new best buddy China (imitation being the highest form of flattery), but to enact a rather precise strategy. Shortly after the takeover, the Maoists tried to immediately fill the void with another one of their increasingly-tiresome national strikes, only to find out that no one was paying attention to them because the Maoists couldn't get the word out; the communication band has virtually paralyzed their ability to mobilize and coordinate.
On the other side of the isle (or is it, stay tuned), the now banned political parties cannot organize their inane protests because they can't use the phone. One Nepali Congress party remnant tells UK's Guardian:
``I'm just in and out,'' said Shovakar Parajuli, who risked arrest for his quick trip Wednesday to the office of the Nepali Congress party, the country's main opposition group, slipping in for a few sheets of party stationery..... He wants to organize a protest against the king, but with the phone lines down and so many people under arrest, he has spent all his time simply trying to stay out of jail and keep in touch with colleagues.
``I don't mind getting arrested, but somebody has to coordinate,'' he said.
Now wait a minute. Blogdai seems to remember all those "spontaneous" student demonstrations against the King and "regression." Where are they now? The streets of Kathmandu are quiet. It was always curious to Blogdai how poor Kathmandu students could organize so well and have hundreds of sparkling new banners to boot. The fact is, all those "spontaneous" demonstrations by students were paid for-nice new banners and all- by the agitating political parties. No wonder the King has shut down their ability to organize.
Lest anyone have any doubts, Blogdai can't stand the King: Prince Paras is even worse, but my Kathmandu friend who is in politics told me recently: "The Nepali people no longer care if the cat is black or white, only that it kills the rats."