The King's Mistakes
Well, this is way-past due. It's no secret that blogdai feels the royal takeover was a necessary step, but it's time to get those "blogdai is a royalist" creatures off my back. Where the king is blowing it is featured below. -=blogdai
To King G,
1. Forget the haphazard Paras makeover. Listen G, you are telling the Nepalis that they are not smart enought to remember the past. If you want to do some good, take Paras completely out of circulation for a few years and then maybe we'll give him another chance. This new "sportsman" image plus his golf fiasco insults all of us.
2. Relax the heavy-hand on the media. Yes, we realize that there were initial tactical reasons for shutting up the press immediately after the takeover, but continuing to hound these guys is excessive and counterproductive. You want people on your side? What and who gives people in the world their ideas about you? That's right, the media. The lazy idiots of the Western media can't get past your press supression and therefore, won't give you a chance on other issues, so get your head involved in the world and let these guys be. They neither have the power nor the ability to organize anyone on behalf of your enemies so who cares? Sure, they'll always give front page coverage to every bowel movement Girija makes, but people no longer take the old goat seriously; he is a novelty story.
2a. Plus, stop the harrassment of demonstrators. Bust them up if they block traffic, sure, but hauling away "Maoist victims" gives the press fodder for calling you a despot. You want to stop demonstrations? Cut off the cash-flow from the organizations, like the Nepali Congress, who pay for them. Don't wait until it comes to the street where all the news-wire photographers are waiting.
3. Restore some form of democracy. Maybe you already tried this with the local election bit, but you just gave the old corrupt regime something to rant about. Come out with a nation-wide election plan, only don't invite anyone from the old government. Ask for fresh, uncorrupt citizens who want to form a new government. You can still kill Maoists if you want but at least you will have begun the democratic process again. Just the appearance of you trying to do everything yourself sends a bad message to the world. In fact, any autocratic gesture, no matter how benevolent will look bad for you. Any unilateral takeover sets a bad precedent. You're not the King of Thailand; he can get away with it.
4. Same thing with human rights activists. I know, I know, Amnesty International has called for everything but shutting off the oxygen supply to Nepal, but ignore them. They are doing what they do best: pandering. Turn everybody loose, let them try to organize. Who cares if they do? Your job is to restore peace and you've got the army; 'nuff said?
5. Tone down that new love-affair with China. If you were trying to embarrass India, it worked; but don't give the Chinese any more openings or you'll all be eating Peking duck and selling cheap watches on the street corner. And, so help us all, if Paras was involved with that Tibetan Welfare Office closing right before your takeover, we'll never forgive you.
Overall, G, you need to hire a good media relations person. Your mistakes are fundamental and show a lack of insight towards world sympathy. Hire a sympathetic westerner (not from the BBC) who can teach some of these fundamentals to the palace.