Saturday, November 26, 2005

Fun With Friends

Blogdai had the ol' laptop out among the masses today.

Unfortunately, it was not among the rural masses that blogdai prefers, but masses nonethelesss.

blogdai gets a senses of the provacative volatility from: well, just being blogdai, from some of the comments listed below:

"Oh shit, YOU are blogdai? I hate you!"

"kerangi yagpo du. blogdai peh yagpo du,"

."jeez, I never thought blogdai would be a person like you."

"Thanks for buying me the red wine, but what is it, exactly, that you do any way?"

"I've read blogdai, do you know him?"

"What's a blog?"

" You'd better hide, ass hole. This country doesn't want to hear the truth."

Anyway, blogdai feels encouraged by all of this attention. Pariah or patriarch, it makes no diffference. I'm happy to be able to put the word out.

-=blogdai

20 Comments:

At 9:52 PM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good response, Blogdai. Who cares what others say? What I think comes straight from the Almighty..Long live Blogdai..Long live Paras Sarkar(who care if Paras Sarkar sprays bullets in Discos???????????????????????)

 
At 10:38 PM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I am the person from the diplomatic community that you spoke with last evening.

I do hope you understand that the information I gave you is to be held in strict confidence, beer and wine not withstanding.

I would most appreciate your understanding and indulgence.

 
At 11:04 PM, November 26, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Relax, your "state secrets" are safe.

What do you want me to do with the photos?

-=blogdai

 
At 9:19 AM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BD,

seems like you're receiving quite the warm, Nepali hospitality out in the 'du..

I like the way that you're providing a service as the gadfly. Alas this is probably lost on most Nepalis who wouldn't know what a gadfly is even if it bit them on the rear...

Isn't it ironic that the 7 parties and Maoists can only get together when they're united against the king? No doubt if they ever do get their wishes they'll revert back to their old egocentric and selfish ways..

Have you seen this article:
http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp11262005.html

Not sure what their agenda is but seems to me they're quite liberal, anti-war and anti-ZOG.

I'm not up on my Russian history but I don't like the bit that goes:

***Possibly, after some months of drift, dissatisfaction with the provisional government and pace of change will produce a second urban uprising, led by the Maoists and supported by new allies. In other words, following the Russian model, a February Revolution succeeded by an October Revolution.***

It seems that a lot of Nepalis want instant gratification and can't wait for change. How much time will they give these turkeys if they form a coalition government of some sort?

Naivety and self-destruction seem to go hand in hand out in Nepal.

naagboy

 
At 10:31 AM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

Yes, you are right to be concerned Naag!
Lenin was safe in Switzerland during the earlier revolution and returned shortly after to stir up disatisfaction against the (admittedly incompetent) provisional government. Taking advantage of the situation and bamboozling his supporters he committed the country to a one-party dictatorship for over 70 years. - A clever and effective strategy.

You can bet pratchanda and baburam are well aware of this

 
At 1:00 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous gafadi said...

it was fun and interesting to read blogdai.
thanks for your beer

 
At 9:23 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

I think you should post the 12-point agreement recently signed by the unrepresenting partys-who claim to represent all Nepalis; and the tyrant Maoists, who claim to be figting a "People's War."

So much has been written about this "agreement" and even Mr. Kofi Anan has "congratulated" those involved in the landmark "agreement" but I was amazed to see that none of our freedom fighter press agents cared to share the 12 points with the public. I finally found a copy of it in the nepalnews.com site (alas in Nepali only!). Anyway, going through it, it does not seem to have much substance in it, other than the rhetoric we've all heard all along. I mean who does not know that a Constituent Assembly-which they want for the sake of removing all traces of monarchy in Nepal for-is a common agenda of these two forces? Next, how many times must they apologize to the public for their past "mistakes" and then go ahead doing the same things again? Has Girija Babu stopped favoring the Koirala clan within the NC? Has Madhab Nepal stopped exagerrating on what he did and stopped lying to the people? Didn't he blurt out, out of old habits, "...it was the meeting held in Lukhnow two years ago, between the UML and the CPN(M) that paved the way for the current "agreement" and not the Delhi visit (trying to take all credit for it)? Wasn't it during the tenure of UML's Bharat Mohan Adhikari as Finance Minister, that the then government hiked the VAT rate and the UML claimed that they had not idea on it when it became public? What the hell was your Finance Minister doing then..Counting his money and calculating the party's share and his share??? These lies and betrayals will never cease so long as these same characters, who the people ousted, remain in power. The Moaists claim they are fighting for the people, for representation of the ethnic classes and the proletariats but the reality is that 2 Brahmins are running the show even there. And Baburam's daughter still studies in London doesn't she? I guess the closing down of schools at home would affect HER studies! After all, one must learn from Girija Babu that having family members within the party is a sure way to hold power.

Let's publisize the 12-points and monitor it blog dai. You're the only unbiased media outlet that I have seen in this country so far.

Sincerely,
blogdai supporter

 
At 9:28 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot to leave the link to the 12 point statement. Interestingly, it is Prachanda's staement only that is posted. Nothing from our "Representatives"

http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2005/nov/nov22/news13.php

Blogdai supporter

 
At 11:00 PM, November 27, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Will try to summarize the agreement here, saati:

1. Maoists/Parties hereby agree that the autocratic monarch is the single biggest obstacle to peace and that we will step up our agitation against him.

2. Parties wil reinstate parliament, and all-party government, and go for a constituent assembly. Maoists agree to organize a "national political convention of political forces for the purposes of forming an "interim government."

3. Maoists agree to move ahead peacefully to remove the Monarchy. UN to supervise both the RNA and Maoist armies during constituent assembly elections. Maoists will accept the result of the elections. All of this is to happen only after the removal of the Monarchy.

4. Maoists agree to a "multiparty system." Also agree to the rule of law.

5. Maoists will allow all people who were displaced during the insurgency to return to their homes.

6. Maoists agree not to make the same mistakes as before.

7. The political parties agree to not make the same mistakes as before.

8. Human rights ane press freedom will be respected by both parties.

9. Municipal elections are a trick. Both parties will boycott them.

10. We agree to get along with other countries and guard against extreme nationalism.

11. We urge all citizens to actively participate in the movement.

12. We will punish anyone in our respective camps who has committed atrocities in the past.

4.

 
At 5:11 AM, November 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Brit, there's that old saying "Beware Greeks bearing gifts".

I would hope that at the least someone with clout within the 7 parties has done a serious risk assessment about getting in bed with the Maoists.

Of course I want to believe that these parties can get together for the good of the country but I've been disappointed far too often.

naagboy

 
At 9:41 PM, November 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Taking advantage of the situation and bamboozling his supporters he committed the country to a one-party dictatorship for over 70 years. - A clever and effective strategy."

Brit, I think that is more like King G's one family dictatorship.

 
At 10:26 PM, November 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monarchy is in a downhill slide. There were rarely any people besides maoist who opposed monarchy 5 years ago. It increased somewhat 2 years ago and it has increased substantially now. I Talking to people back in Nepal, I was surprised by this trend (both in urban and rural areas) given that King is considered God in Hindu culture. I think this trend will only grow since younger people are more likely to oppose monarchy than older people.

Monarchy has outlived its usefulness. The argument that Nepal needs monarcy for unity is just a scare tactic played by pro-monarchists. Royalty has been removed from masses for ages now. King G's Africa trip also shows how removed this family is from common people. People are suffering, and he takes one of two planes of RNAC and spends Rs 200 million (Rs 20 crore) during the peak tourism season, to go to Africa. For what?

King G has made some serious miscalculation on where the country is heading. Paras will never be accepted as King. So instead of having another struggle to oust Paras later (further instability), it is a better option to get rid of this trash right now.

 
At 11:01 PM, November 29, 2005, Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

Blog dai,

Is it only my paranoid mind, or is there more to December 2 than meets the eye? This is what's hapeening on December 2:

1. 3-Month Moaist ceasefire comes to an end.

2. UML's mass gathering in KTM.

3. Indo-Nepal bilateral trade treaty up for review (every 7 years).

4. Big G scheduled to come home after his African visit.

Brief analysis:

1. The Maoists have not "made up their mind" about extending the ceasefire. And party's claim that "...the 12 point agreement reached with them will hold even if the ceasefire ends."

2. Madhab Nepal promises a "storm" and a "tsunami" and requests Ian Martin to "monitor the government."

3. Indian papers are already talking about the arms shipment from Beijing and drawing parallels to 1990, when apparently, the justification for the trade embargo was, China's shipment of arms to Nepal. It claims "Though South Block is tight-lipped on the issue, sources say that New Delhi will bluntly convey to Nepal that if it allows access to China or Pakistan, which has also shown interest in supply of arms, into southern Nepal then India will be forced to take steps to protect its interests."

4. Big G is scheduled to arrive on this day but until he lands, he'll be flying in the air.

Some unanswered questions:

While Ian Martin monitors the government, who is going to monitor Maoists? Who is reposible for checking whether the participants in the UML mass meet are UML cadres (and those making a few bucks to shout a few slogans) or Maoist guerillas? Wouldn't this be the opportune moment to infiltrate the valley? Is this the "Tsunami" that Madhab Nepal is talking about? After all, isn't it the PLA's strategy to attack in waves?

 
At 12:50 AM, November 30, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Well, now if the Maoists haven't made up their minds about extending the ceasefire, but are willing to abide by the 12-point agreement, isn't that the same as extending the ceasefire? Such is the dull capacity of the Maoist camp.

Let's address Naag's "instant gratification camp" for a moment. "The Monarchy is on a downhill slide," "the king has made some serious miscalculation," "King G's one family dictatorship." This stuff just kills blogdai. ARe all of you taking neurotoxins recreationally?

Did it ever once occur to any of you that if it weren't for G's takeover, the parties wouldn't feel so desperate for power and would not ally with the Maoists? WE called it here on blogdai, the day after the takeover.. the parties will ally with the Maoists. It was an obvious call considering the deposed and the power-hungry participants involved.

Blogdai loves Mahdav Kumar Nepal. He's a giddy elf who can't hold his tongue. Because of this, he can be a useful barometer and a telling indicator of the innermost thoughts of the 7-party allianc. So, it's no surprise to catch him drooling over the prospects of military action now that he and the parties have an acutal army at their disposal. Just makes G's and the RNA's job that much easier, blogdai say.

-=blogdai

 
At 8:55 AM, November 30, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

This is transcribed from the BBC interview with Prachanda the other day:

BBC Interviewer: "Your – unilateral ceasefire is ending after about a week. Will you extend that ceasefire?"

Prachanda: "Yeah I want to say is that – we want to extend this ceasefire for the long time. But – the activities of Royal Army are in … They are trying, er I mean again they are trying that – developing new barracks in different districts. Direct activities are going to force us to – stop this ceasefire."

My interpretation is that P has no intention of extending the ceasefire and is trying to justify the resumption of hostilities by the fact that the RNA are not offering them 'open country'.

By the way - I get the distinct impression that Prachanda (in the Interview - I assume it was him) speaks English like an Indian, not like a Nepali.

 
At 3:02 AM, December 01, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

if it walks like a duck....

Just as (pathetically) funny, today P again was looking for traction to end his ceasefire.

Talking about the butchery of an RNA air attack on Maoist cadres as "indescriminate firing," he blames the RNA attack on those "fleeing maoist retalliation," which referred to yesterday's Maoist attack on the RNA. (some ceasefire)

So I guess everyone is supposed to stay put when they're being ambushed right P? On the other hand, shooting a bunch of Maoists from a hellicopter doesn't sound "indescriminate" to blogdai, it sounds like good aim.

What is really sad is that lazy western diplomats insist on trying to bring these guys to the table. What kind of mind blames the RNA for not letting itself be slaughtered?

-=blogdai

 
At 8:43 AM, December 02, 2005, Anonymous Blog dai Supporter said...

So the day has passed blogdai. My paranoid mind is at peace. Well, I could not go to check out the UML rally, due to some stupid techinicalities, but I was in front of Maitighar, to show my support for the King. Now, I want to make it clear that the the entire singha durbar staff (except a few who chose to defy the government's request to come out and welocome the King,very few)were out there in Maitighar. I was there at 3:00 pm so I saw most of the happenings. Traffic was moving as normal when I got there. At around 4:00 pm. there was a slight lull in the traffic and His Majesty's Jaguar drove by us. This was followed by some police and army vehicles, and then another black Jaguar came rolling by. Inside were, the corwn prince, crown princess, and the kids. I distinctly saw a wide grin on both their faces. They were probably happy to see the crowd, which extended from left to right as far as I could see (I was in front of the Supreme Court). Around 4:15 two landcruisers with rolled by with some "bideshis". They had "UN Human Rights...." written all over the side and people commented that it was Ian Martin. At 4:15 traffic ceased. At 4:30 the canons went off indicating that His Majestys had landed. We waited. People commented that it would be 15 minutes till they got to where we were. 4:50 and no sign of the King's Jaguar. An army police jeep rolled by. Then silence again. Ten minutes later another jeep with arm personnelm rolled by. Silence again. At five, finally, a security vehicle rolled by, very, very slowly. Then more vehicles. Then the Jaguar came rolling down, at about 5 Km/hr. The King was waving at everyone.

I want to make it clear here, that the crowd where I was, consisted of personnel from the ministries, but more than those, there were just plain ordinary folks. I know our media will distort this fact, but there is blog dai's website where I can tell it as it was.

The People of Nepal Still Love Their King. He Is Our Last Hope. Jai Nepal!!!!!

 
At 11:37 AM, December 02, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

thanks for the account. Blogdai was at new baneshwor, next to the convention center talking with madhav kumar nepal so I can only trust your account of these events.

I did see a steady stream of banners across the road welcoming the king. compared to the uml program I attended, the King outspent the parties about ten to one.

details tomorrow.

-=blogdai

 
At 12:21 PM, December 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai supporter,

I have a couple of questions for you.

1) In your own words, civil servants were ordered to welcome the King. If the King is so popular, why is there a need for making it mandatory for civil servants to welcome?

2) What is the point builing all those elaborate gates to welcome the King? One or two is fine. But all this money being wasted when there are more important priorities like building schools, and basic needs of the displaced people.

 
At 12:50 PM, December 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing,

Is it a worthwile investment for the state to spend tax payer's money (which is limted) and civil servants' time (when they could be serving people) in welcoming the King?

 

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