Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sujata's Travels

Hmm, let's see: Sujata Koirala flees Nepal to Delhi and miraculously, anti-king demonstrations flare up in Delhi's streets.

Hmm, let's see again: Sujata visits New York and miraculously, Nepal's former UN representative Murari Raj Sharma, who was in New York at the same time, next turns up at an anti-monarchy, pro "democracy" rally in Washington.

Hmm, one more time: Sujata is spotted sitting quietly in the back of that same rally in Washington.

Blogdai is not saying outright that the Washington rally was bought and paid for by Sujata as was stated in this week's Ghorkapatra;jsessionid=C051C0F44CB1DC62CA9089557C416769?currentContentId=88 but it is quite curious that wherever this woman travels, "spontaneous" demonstrations against the King seem to spring up.

This is a pattern we all know from Kathmandu. Whenever our pampered Koirala clan does not get their way, some group hits the streets in protest. Usually, it has been Nepali students. Let's face it, there was never enough money or will power in Nepal's student culture alone to stick up for NC's political maneuvers; but there they were, well-organized and well-funded with matching signs and banners. Let's be clear, the Nepali Congress Party paid for all of the student protests--shiny banners and all. So, why should we all be surprised to find this same sort of demonstration following in the wake of Sujata's travels?

Let's see where the mistress of chaos lands next in the world. blogdai bets that a well-funded protest can't be far behind.



At 12:56 PM, May 23, 2005, Anonymous C.K said...

It doesnt take a computer to figure out where the funding is coming for such so called protests.
I wish Senior Koirala and Sujata are prosecuted for their ill gotten wealth too, just like Deuba.

In Texas, almost all the Nepali's I met are sick and tired of these politicians and are wanting to get their families out of Nepal as soon as possible.

At 3:49 PM, May 23, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Agreed, and yet we don't hear this story from the western media.

Nepalis were uncomfortably with their corrupt democracy and were glad when the king stepped in. Is it the best option? Maybe not, but a culture has to be ready for the constant demands of maintaining a democracy--Nepal was not.

All we hear from the western media is the constant drum-beat of "democracy supressed" and "king is a despot." Most of these comments come from journalists who simply copy wire service releases without bothering to set foot in Nepal and see for themselves.

blogdai's pet peeve is the agenda-driven antics of a biased, lazy media spinning a story they know nothing about.


At 2:10 AM, May 24, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

Well put!

I too am heartily sick of the ill-informed 'reports' and comment in the western media. Your blog on Amnesty International sheds some light on this. I guess that those with the dosh (or, seeking it) also have the media savvy.

At 3:33 PM, May 24, 2005, Anonymous Kale Kisne said...

Exactamundo!! Blogdai!

All these media outlets just get recycled news that have been copied off wire services and embedded foreign agents like Daniel Lak, who was covering the DC fiasco 2 weeks back. People tend to take the words of these BBC types as the "Gospel Truth".

Murari has been busy entertaining his guru's chori these days and preaching "democracy" while his guru and his cronies were actually practicing kleptocracy.

Damn buggers!

At 11:19 PM, May 24, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

Yes - I'm ashamed to have to agree that the BBC has become as unreliable and irresponsible as the rest of the media 'pack'

At 10:02 AM, May 25, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

I used to like Daniel Lak. He wrote a column for Kunda Dixit over at the Nepali Times. The guy actually lived in Kathmandu for a period of years, which is more than blogdai can say for ANY other western journalist.

His objectivity has fallen prey, however, to the self-absorption that is ingrained in Nepal's media culture. Basically, they have been preaching about their own infallibility while filing reports that are often poorly researched or best suited for tabloids.

If Nepal's media belive they are above scrutiny, doesn't that make them just as undemocratic and unilateralist as the King they now condemn?


At 6:15 AM, August 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we shoul find another german for sujata to make quit and have good sex because she thinks nepalies kann not make her satisfy.

At 6:54 AM, August 12, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Apparently, Nothing in Nepal satisfies her.



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