Word On the Streets
Live from Nepal.
Real people with real voices. Life goes on here in the valley. Not one person on the street gives a whiff of priority to the state of democracy in Nepal. Everyone, repeat, everyone wants PEACE first and foremost and by any means necessary.
It's not some easily grasped concept that makes Westerners feel good, that's for sure. It's not some sort of self-esteem exercise that ignores research, like the vehement "democracy at all costs" movement either.
Truth is, the Maoists are costing this country a bundle in lost business and increased expenses; the political parties are seen as obstacles at worst, irrelevant at best; and the King is frustrating everyone with his lack of decision-making. THAT'S the word on the street.
Some other news I tend to believe because it comes from a real Nepali and not an expatriot:
1. Kantipur FM was shut down because it encouraged, if not outright supported, Maoists in the field. Quit whining about a supressed media because everyone here feels the media represents the monied elite.
2. The King will make a major reshuffle of his cabinet in the next few days. Word is he will select members from the 7-party alliance to fill a few vacancies.
3. Nepalis take the idiotic babbling utterances of James Moriarty and Keith Bloomfield VERY seriously. They are scared to death that Americans feel Maoists are ready for a takeover.
4. Maoists are in deep, long-term, trouble.
Ideological maoists are now in their 30's and 40's and are deserting and fleeing to india. This is the age of men in Nepal where there is tremendous pressure to settle down and raise a family, or at least make something substantive of oneself. Nepalis, men and women, flee to India at the rate of around 500 persons per day to either desert the Maoists or escape conscription.
Upcoming young Maoist recruits have neither the zeal nor the ability of their predecessors; most were forcibly conscripted.
Current active maoists fighting forces number about 10,000. They are unorganized and operate with little or no coordination with each other.
There will be no more large-scale Maoist attacks.
So, blogdai will now tend to respond less to high-minded ideological arguments and pseudo-erudite pontifications from those with out-of-Nepal perspectives.
We are in Nepal to give a voice to average Nepalis, we are listening, and we are getting dirty.