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Namaste! blogdai was on a bit of a sabbatical to Washington DC. Back to work...
On India: Still losing ground. The world is only behind you for two reasons: first, they couldn't care less about Nepal and expect you to take care of things in your own back yard; secondly, support for your Nepal position by other powers is mere window-dressing. Every country wants a clean-out in Nepal: Yanks, Brits and other "democracies" want Maoism stopped, period.
On the Western Media: The Economist and the BBC show their disregard for research by treating the whole Nepal issue like Charles and Camilla. ABC and the Yanks merely ape the wire services. Blogdai to the Western media: Get it right or give it up. Readers: stay tuned for an upcomming national geographic piece on Maoism. Some BBC folks will be involved so look for a Maoist-friendly tone.
On Blogdai's Position: Calling me a royalist is simple-minded. Call me a realist. Stop with the knee-jerk recoiling against anything that triggers what you believe to be "supressed democracy" in Nepal and do some research. The political parties were spoiled and abusive brats and needed to be removed, period. This takeover is a painful but correct step-like a root-canal. When the king refuses to restore democracy and it looks like he is becomming the cruel "despot" as western and Indian analysts say, then you can call blogdai a liar. Until then, watch and wait.
On Mysterious Smuggled-Out Reports from Nepal: Blogdai knows this to be fabricated. Even the most controversial of journalists can now get word out of Nepal, so where is this breathless champion of free press now? This whole thing was exploitative careerism by somone on the outside trying to make a name for themselves. blogdai has met with friends at kantipur publications who say that this never happened and it only created a more dangerous environment for those brave journalists who were under constant army scrutiny. Whoever you are, blogdai is calling you a coward and a phony.
On Nepal/China relations: China couldn't care less about Nepal and their worthless trade deficit. China has no use for anything in Nepal that doesn't have to do with either buffering against India or harrassing Tibetans. China built, and is building roads up to the Nepal border at precisely the points where tibetans are known to cross on their way to India, not where any major Nepali commerce centers are located. Nepal lauded this as a free trade victory; bringing prosperity and commerce from China, through Nepal and into India. Sorry, when China wanted to trade with India, they mended fences near Yatung and re-opened that direct crossing into Sikkim. Some trade partner, Nepal...
On Prince Paras: Came back from China a day before the Tibetan Welfare Office in Kathmandu was closed. Since the takeover, China no longer has the likes of Acharya, Khadka or Mahat or, basically, anyone who had the title "foreign" or "home" in their ministerial title. No, now they'll go directly to the source: Killer-P. Blogdai fears that a great mistake has been made in the underestimating of our drunken prince. He's crafty and he's in China's pocket, so we need to watch him very closely this year.