Thursday, December 22, 2005

Blundering from Every Direction

Nepal Political Analyst

This week represented a watershed in political stupidity. An optimist might find a cause to celebrate this brief period where all forces involved with Nepal were united under the banner of nearsighted incompetence. Blogdai can only tremble with disgust and weep for the future.

In the space of 7 days we've seen or heard:

The RNA show it's lack of control and discipline in the senseless shooting at Nagarkot.

The Palace instigate a fury of words and threats from all parties through (again) Tulsi Giri's remarks that the King will not reciprocate the ceasefire. It may be true and the right move, but you don't pour gasoline on a smoldering flame, Tulsi, by provoking your adversaries this way.

The Maoists threaten an active disruption of municipal polls. Also, memo to the Maoists: Mentioning that participating candidates will get "special action" is a chilling reminder of past practices and shows the world that you haven't learned a thing. Plus, you just killed 2 civilians and took 400 people hostage. Ceasefire? What ceasefire? You guys were looking for something, anything , as a pretext to start your campaign of brutality; but picking the remarks of an old fool like Tulsi Giri as your new rallying point shows how desperate you've become.

That, while The Parties show their divisiveness by the headlong charge of the NC-D splinter group into Delhi to meet with a bunch of Maoist second-tier losers and with the NSU openly demonstrating against old Girija, Koirala insists that nothing can stop him from removing the King. Instead of planning a real strategy, the parties plan more protests. The rudderless 7-party alliance, never short of undemocratic quotes, summed up their week with this doozy from Ram Chandra Poudel: " If the autocratic regime attempts to supress our protests, we won't spare those doing so. " Thanks, Ram Chandra Stalin.

That, India still doesn't get it. They are just now, acknowledging that there may be a problem with Nepal's new alliance with China. Too little, too late Mr. Mukherjee.

The U.N. seeking to find some relevance, openly celebrates what they call the Maoists acceptance of the U.N. Basic Operating Guidelines. This is supposed to mean that governments and NGO's can now operate without problems in Nepal. This is a big diplomatic "zero" as far as blogdai is concerned. The Maoists will still extort money from foreign NGO's and there will still be the same brutal Maoist business as usual. In a big blow-off statement from Prachanda, all we hear is that his cadres "have been asked" to comply with the U.N. guidelines, so put away the champaign, Kofi.


At 7:21 AM, December 23, 2005, Anonymous Sarki ko chhoro said...

Twice before this, Maoists used the ceasefire to accumulate power and revitalize their army. This time also was their strategy did not seem to be much different, else how do you explain continued abduction of students and extortion of teachers and others.

Time and again Maoists have shown that they are a loose bunch of criminals who are used to live off looted money from poor people. We all have seen that they don't have any popular support. Besides, they use ordinary civilians as human shield, thus they threat people as dispensible objects.

Given this background, as long as the Maoists have guns, they can't be trusted. Anybody who thinks otherwise does that to his own peril.

At 8:13 AM, December 23, 2005, Anonymous Sarki ko chhoro said...

Maoists recruit children as their soldiers (although they sometimes deny that) and make school as the means for their propaganda as well as use it as their playground.
This has denied 1000's of students their education and thier childhood. Thus they are also destroying the future of these kids and are committing the crime against humanity.

At 9:58 AM, December 23, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Yes, how dare the U.N. applaud any act by the Maoists in light of these facts?


At 10:16 AM, December 23, 2005, Anonymous MarkR0X said...

Wow. Thanks for existing and for having this blog... I'll have to keep up and look ya up sometime when I move to Nepal in 2 years.

At 10:47 AM, December 23, 2005, Blogger rahula said...

How come your going to live in Nepal?

At 1:48 PM, December 23, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Thanks Mark, see you then.

Rahula, I think you'll see more westerners moving to Nepal as time goes on. We are learning that chasing money and toys does not lead to happiness.

The Nepali people have a lot to teach all of us with their humility and generally pleasant demeanor in the face of civil strife and, often, abject poverty.

It all comes down to people...not money.


At 10:40 AM, December 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What is your email address?

I would like to contact you to make a request.

At 12:17 AM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Shiva said...

In other countries, politicians spend millions to coax the people to vote...

In Nepal, politicians spend millions to dissuade the people from voting.

In other countries, mainstream politicians fight against terrorists...

In Nepal, mainstream politicians join hands with the terrorists.

In other democracies, the people elect their representatives by voting...

In Nepal, politicians self declare themselves as the people's representatives counting on the votes they "bought" a decade ago.

What the Hell is Wrong with our Country?

Let's Rock the Vote and elect our representatives in February and shut these idiots up for good!!!!!

At 12:58 AM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous m.r. said...

@ Anonymous

Blogdai seems busy; if you type nepalimail in the blog's searchbox, you'll find the address you're looking for.

Good luck.

At 8:06 AM, December 28, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Yep, little busy.

Get to me at
be specific in your subject line or I'll breeze right past it.

Shiva, you rock.


At 12:13 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kali's pretty cool too...

At 3:01 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

I'm a Ganesh fan with a Laxmi chaser myself.


At 7:43 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous sarki ko chhoro said...

Hummmm .. so much for discussing the topic raised!!!

At 4:07 AM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Seems you were right about Keith Bloomfield being replaced

What's the deal with the construction of the new U.S. embassy in Maharajgung. Does the timing suggest anything or did the lease on the old place just run out? No doubt the new leaseholders will be extremely happy. I wander who they are?


At 9:06 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Might just be a space issue, Nag.

The new compound is exponentially larger and not nearly as close to the street as the old facility.

Security plays into this new facility as well. Remember, a few years ago, the front gate guards were shot by "Maoists" in a drive-by style hit.

Also, have you seen where they've put the U.S. consulate? It now resides on the second floor of the Yak and Yeti hotel offices. Can't have a bunch of hopeful immigrants hanging around the casino and mucking up the pool forever, can we?


At 8:37 PM, December 31, 2005, Anonymous Felicity said...

Speaking of the Yak & Yeti, heard last week that it has closed due to "problems between management and unions." I was there the first week in December 2005 and it was busier than it was during my visit last year. What's the word on the street???

At 10:01 PM, December 31, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

The workers went on strike without giving notice. They were asking for a pay raise.

Yak and Yeti is now owned by Indian investors; which probably explains the salary discontent among the Nepali workers. They most certainly are somewhat underpaid.

Problem is, the Indian guys gave them a little bonus prior to the strike. Blogdai is also a hotel investor in Nepal and can tell you that employees work like busy conspiring bees when they see blood (in this case, money) in the water. They'll keep pushing until they get what they want.


At 9:58 AM, January 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey you got it wrong out there...or should i say part wrong and maybe a wee bit of truth...but after a long time its good to see you miss the story on the ground..maybe you should watch out as more hotels close by one...tourism is bleeding and everyone especially the congress and uml unions want to act like its ok..profitability of all tourisim related buisnesses is down by more than 1/3rd even if people see crowds in lobbies there are no nickels for the banks...p.s the yak workers were the highest paid in ktm..with 4 months bonus etc etc..


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