Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Paras Driving

Seems old killer-P is going big time for the new makeover. Last week he played a round of golf with U.S. ambassador James Moriarty.

One wonders how, in the midst of Nepal’s crisis, the U.S. ambassador found the time to organize his “Ambassador’s Cup” golf tournament. Blogdai guesses that Moriarty must have too much time on his hands. Forget human rights and press suppression. Forget the Maoist insurgency and the U.S.’s pending arms deal to the King: we’ve got a golf tournament to play!!

Paras's golf coach, "Butch Harmon" Chettri emplores Paras to "visualize shooting the ceiling of a disco" to help our Prince maintain his focus, while Princess himani watches Paras's "driving prowess" through protective eyewear.

Since Moriarty is supposed to set the tone for U.S. policy in Nepal, one also has to wonder what kind of signals he is sending to the world. Looks like he doesn’t care and would rather be back in his old Chinese stomping grounds to blogdai. He’s already proven by his speech that he considers Nepal to be an incompetent backwater of feudal insignificance, so why not chuck the whole thing and concentrate on organizing a golf tournament? Blogdai can envision the exchange at the U.S. embassy as Moriarty instructs his receptionist: “Tell the King to call back later, I’m working on my putting!”

Anyway, back to our pugnacious Prince of pulchritude. Paras was having quite the jovial time with reporters, ambassadors and generals during his foray on the links. Apparently the mood was temporarily broken when the entourage fell silent after Paras’s exclamation of “my driving prowess is good.” No word on which member of the party choked on their cocktail after this utterance.

Our Prince played a poor front nine, but rallied at the turn and posted quite a respectable score on the back nine. Blogdai has no way of confirming rumors that the struggling Prince commanded that Nepali artists be placed at each of the final nine holes in order to improve his accuracy.

So the makeover continues. Expect the new Paras to hire someone to beat-up bar patrons from now on.



At 6:50 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous C.K said...

Who is this idiot? Nepal being the worlds one of the poorest countries, a Prince or Princess SHOULD and MUST try to get awareness among the masses, educate the people..or atleast take up something like AIDS awareness......!
Insted he is whiling away his time with wine,women, bikes and golf clubs!

If the KID couple has any sense, they will vigourously try to do whatever they can .......before its too late.

At 8:01 AM, May 20, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

From recent history, we expect this out of Paras. In fact, this golf outing is considered to be a step UP in the quality of his behavior. It is part of a well-orchestrated campaign to make Paras look like a normal guy who will be king (shudder) some day.

The larger and more irresponsible gesture comes on the part of the U.S. Ambassador. Why in the world would the representative of U.S. ideals choose this particular point in time to host a golf tournament?

Nepal, as you say, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Does this very public participation in a traditionally rich and autocratic person's game speak of U.S. values and priorities in Nepal?

Ambassador Moriarty has taken his new position with grudging resentment. He is in no-way pro-active and his proclamations are ham-fisted. He doesn't want to be in Nepal and his pouting demeanor proves it.


At 8:56 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for a change i dont agree fully with your views, i'd rather have an american ambassador play golf with p than have the ambassador hit the bottle with thankful malinovsky is not around

At 6:55 PM, May 20, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Everything an ambassador does involves symbolism. What they do publicly is always, yes, always designed to reflect the policy of their government. Moriarty could not have sponsored this "Ambassador's Cup" without the express sanction of the Bush administration: i.e. the State Department.

I really want to agree with you that this is better than Malinowski. Sure, P and Malinowski would not only be getting drunk, but comparing ballistics information as well, but blogdai is starting to think that Moriarty's blunt, hands-off approach might be doing more harm than good.

Remember, Moriarty cut his teeth at the U.S. embassy in China. He and his wife worked there together. Moriarty also was an outspoken critic of Taiwan's independent leanings a few years back. He crossed swords with Donald Rumsfeld over it and I think now he's paying the price by being stationed away from the China he loves.

On a side note, this does not bode well for Tibetan issues in Nepal.


At 2:52 AM, May 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well policy of US is double standard. So there is nothing to make a big issue. There are faces to show for the public and that is when they appear in press conference and rest of the time these people don't find company of nepalese people comfortable so they must seek royals. Either be it hunting or some golf

At 8:36 AM, May 31, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Moriarty seems particularly uncomfortable in the presence of Nepalis. It's a shame he's so disinterested.


At 2:34 AM, June 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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