Friday, May 06, 2005

No Surprise Here

Blogdai has been calling this one since the takover (Blogdai, "My Favorite Rumor" Feb. 8 and again on "Mixed Opinions" March 13 and "Sujata Outs.." on Feb. 20). It looks like the formal courtship has begun. Maoists love the Parties: ain't that sweet.

The latest from this new "Axis of Idiots" shows quite a bit of change in tone:

Prachanda: “We are ready to accept our previous weaknesses and form alliance with the political parties.”

More subtlely, if the brand new 7 Party "alliance" can agree on anything specific, the Maoist demand for constituent assembly would be embraced as well as direct negotiations: "The negotiation will be followed by a political conference among all stakeholders, which will form an interim government with Maoist participation, to hold election either for parliament or constituent assembly,"

This is a predictable and deperate move on the parts of both the Maoists and the deposed Parties. It shows a fractionated, ineffective Maoist movement trying to re-establish relevance and a group of sad, corrupt former politicians looking for any political traction they can find.

Since the Parties know only protest, Blogdai wonders what form these demonstrations will actually take when the tactics of their new Maoist buddies are included in the mix.

If the Parties go through with this, who in the lazy Western media will still call them champions of democracy? They will have finally exposed themselves as the corrupt and opportunistic individuals that they are: nearly leading Nepal to the brink of anarchy.



At 10:15 AM, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I'm preparing final, I'm agasted with thoughts that the Maoist are being made out to be idealogical monsters (literature reveiw acknowledges that party idealogy don't matter in final results of revolution) And plead that international perception of Maoist be quickly displelled, as terrorist and part of the "axis of evil". With US State Dept. coming next week, understanding Prachanda's Path (w/ details), the Maoist and party officials should use this opportunity to rework their image, so badly scarred by King's international manipulations of perceptions. Why the recent detaining for reporter? What was the king's role in economy prior to Feb 1? Let me get back to paper.
A Revolution Student

At 11:34 AM, May 07, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Keep working that paper, Rev.



At 11:45 AM, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are "agasted" by something that doesn't matter in the "final results of revolution" as you put it, then why bother?

Ideological monsters? Try ACTUAL monsters.

Ask a torture victim about the king's "international manipulations of perceptions" about your Maoists. If it was all manufactued and phony, why should Maoists bother to "rework their image?"

Mr. Revolution student you are quite amusing- to the point of laughter. You must be a smart fellow because one has to really make an effort to be so incoherent.

By all means get back to your paper--mind those tricky words and watch your punctuation!

At 1:03 PM, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear "A Revolution Student"

Why should the truth "be quickly dispelled"?

Actions speak louder than words:

Maoists atrocities:

1. Abduction of school children
2. Rape of young girls and women
3. Killing of innocent, non-military actors
4. Extortion of business leaders
5. Bank robberies, criminal syndicates
6. Enforced child labour
7. Forced closures of schools
8. Blockades that damage the economy and the common man.

Please forgive me if i have missed anything else. Nothing can justify the actions of the "revolution".

I would advise that you change your subject of study.

If not, you are nothing more than a criminal for following Prachanda "the child killer".

'An English man who loves Nepal'

At 1:38 PM, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 3:19 PM, May 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Rev must actually be Dev based on that reference.

So when you write your opus: "Falling Through the Glass Ceiling" I assume you won't be writing something about fraternal corporate executives and their biased, exclusionary tactics as the title implies, will you?

Maintaining you new blog will take lots of thought and effort--let me know how that works out for you.

Paul (On the road in Nairobi)

At 10:45 AM, May 08, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...


As a courtesy to our readers, please try to limit you responses to one coherent paragraph.

All rambling responses will be edited for content, provided that it is determined that content does in fact exist in your writing.

This is a temporary takeover of your democratic right to make fools of yourselves at length in this forum. Blogdai imposes this for the sanity of our readers and to keep this blog from spiraling into anarchy.

Should any of you decide to make an actual point in you writing, this ban on your press freedom will be lifted.


At 11:05 AM, May 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this feasible? I am getting the idea that rambling is the main 'content' of maoist ideology and literature. Rev has so been immersed in his literature search for his paper/final he can almost certainly not see the wood for the trees.

At 12:01 PM, May 08, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

"..full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." The great Bard himself must have known a Maoist or two in his day.


At 10:17 AM, May 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maoists atrocities:contd.

9: Creating an acute shortage of pressure cookers
10: Bombing all toilets they found
Jokes aside the bomb in the bus outside RNAC killed.[ full stop] that is terrorism. The toilet bomb that killed a school kid thats " falling thru a glass ceiling"

Democratic Party atrocities:
actually quite harmless...i mean the money they swindled wasnt coming in our pockets anyway. and i kinda miss the bricks and tear gas of the daily 'riot until dal bath' on putlisadak.
as a famous democratic politician said in his memoirs Apocalypse Nepal "i love the smell of burning tires in the morning"

At 6:55 PM, May 11, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Mostly agree with the "harmless" assertion.

What would we call doing nothing while Nepal burns under the weight of an insurgency?

Perhaps those who willingly do nothing create the most harm of all.

At 12:13 AM, May 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go along with that - it was also a view expressed 2,000 years ago - see the story of 'the rich man and the poor man at his gate' told in St Luke's Gospel chapter 17.

At 8:12 PM, May 12, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Reference also the parable of the good Samaratan.

Blogdai is a huge fan of Joseph Campbell so if you can also find similar references from The Baghvad Gita, Koran, or any Buddhist texts and you will have blogdai's undying gratitude.

We're all in this together, or are you just evangelizing?


At 1:20 AM, May 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The former - I'll re-read the Gita! - who's Joseph Campbell?

At 9:08 AM, May 13, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Joseph Campbell was an expert in mythology and its role in formulating religious beliefs.

Prior to his death, he pointed out that most organized religions, while seemingly in conflict, have essentially the same core mythologies, characters, heros and stories.

His seminal work "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" illustrates his expertise in comparative mythology studies. Also, his book and later the tape series with Bill Moyers called "The Power of Myth" ties his ideas together in a more accessible manner.

Campbell was also a friend of George Lucas and was one of the chief inspirations behind the "force" and the basic good vs. evil conflicts Star Wars.


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