Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Rules of the Game




So now the big April 8 protest program being instigated, once again, by the drumbeat of the 7-party alliance, is apon us. blogdai feels there may be something different afoot this time.

Official Mascot: 7-party Alliance

Our friends in Kathmandu have told us that it is no secret that the Maoists are sending "special operatives" to the demonstration. The King has vowed a violent crack-down, and even old Girija is treating this protest as a final "mother of all protests."

It's no wonder. The King is tired of all this incessant protesting and both the Maoists and the 7-parties are broke and scavenging for support and relevance.

There is a real chance that the Parties and the Maoists won't show up if the King puts on a pre-emptive show of strength. We've seen this before. If everybody comes to the ball, however; look for a more violent affair. These ridiculous protests have worn thin and everbody would just as soon be rid of them.

Pity, all anyone had to do was sit down and talk, plain and simple. The King offered numerous chances for dialogue. The peaceful resolution of disputes is one of the first hallmarks of a functioning democracy; it looks like the parties and the Maoists would rather be rigid and go for a power grab. blogdai asks the Parties: What would it have hurt to have taken the King's invitation for dialogue? What would it have hurt to have taken part in the elections? If one thinks in democratic terms, then the answer is: nothing. If one is solely concerned about losing political power and a place at the table of corruption, then the answer is: everything.

blogdai has said it before and will say it again: NEPAL IS NOT READY FOR DEMOCRACY.

A democracy requires constant attention, maintenance and selfless sacrifice in order to thrive. The 7-party interperetation of this is to simply do whatever you want, get rich and forget about accountability. This is not democracy, this is anarchy. Democracies have rules and guidelines that preserve the safety and rights of all citizens, not just a rampaging few.

Democracy is best viewed as a team sport; a game if you will. The only way the game works is when all parties agree to play by the same rules. Does it do any good for a single party to continuously scream it's self-centered demands? No. In a real democracy you play the game to get what you want; you don't unilaterally seek to change the game in order to meet your needs. Don't like the rules of the game? Fine. Get a majority and change them through the democratic process. Protests don't work? Then find out what DOES work under the democracy game and go with it. Simply demanding that your position be adopted and boycotting, bandhing and disrupting the lives of peaceful citizens while refusing to dialogue with opposing viewpoints is about as far from democratic as one can get. In fact, it's autocratic.

We here at blogdai have recently had our own little microcosm of a 7-party tantrum. Some of our anonymous posters can tolerate neither editing nor criticism. Rather than play the democratic game and look for a rational means of expressing their views, these posters have resulted to bullying, forgery, harrassment, gross repetition, blackmail and stubborn insistence on their views in the face of clear facts to the contrary. Like a democracy, our blog has rules. We want a higher level of discourse, not a shout-fest, so we edit those posts that seek to hijack discussion space and relevance. Unfortunately, this practice has now risen to the level that blogdai now has to monitor all postings prior to their publication here. Pity again. In order to preserve the democratic pillars of our blog, we've had to resort to an undemocratic practice.

It's frustrating, but I find the parallels fascinating.

-=blogdai

22 Comments:

At 1:04 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B-dai, I've been to those shout fest sites. Most seem populated by those spoiled expatriot politician's kids. I can see why they hate you.

 
At 1:25 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous g said...

i was just wondering.

if the so called protests turn violent, with the maoist infiltration and warfare, with protesting people as maoist's shields, would the SPA leaders take the blame for it?


since the protest was organised by SPA with the support of maoists, and the government has already warned of armed maoist infiltration, does this make the SPA leaders terrorists too incase governments warning changes to reality? after all Girija did say this would be the nepal's fate declaring protests. was he assuming this would get violent? or does he KNOW the PROTEST would get violent? in either case, if they knowingly organised the violent protests, can't the government arrest them as terrorists or their accomplice?

now, since there is already so much bloodshed in nepal, and with these blood thirsty parasites alive, there is hardly any chance of that changing, doesnt that leave the only option for peace in nepal their death. if so, and since lot of countries including US still executes capital punishments, wont the introduction of capital punishment in nepal be justified? and isnt it true that maoists have not only introduced it to nepal but have been executing it for many years. without trial too.


capital punishment is for rapists and serial killers. but are they worse than the politicians who are responsible for all the rapes, deaths, murders, and inhuman tortures committed by RNA and the Maoists?

dont bother to answer this. any ways, as i said, i was just wondering. kind of wishing maybe, but no worries.

-g

 
At 3:30 PM, March 30, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

g you've touched on the fundamental issue here. Where do you draw the line between freedom and anarchy?

The SPA is in bed with terrorists and they are coming to the ball together. We should ask ourselves, is this alliance purely disruptive or are they a force for good. If the former, then they are practicing a type of unilateralism that is autocratic and severely impinges on the rights of citizens to lead normal lives.

Does freedom give one the right to disrupt the freedom of others?

No the SPA's brand of freedom is a form of anarchy. REAL freedom means vigilantly guarding the freedoms of others, even at the expense of your own.

-=blogdai

 
At 9:15 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want pure democracy then you take your personal greed out of it, then you get democracy.

 
At 8:18 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous g said...

blogdai,
what do you think is going to happen now. i for one would surely like to see how you would analyse the current situation of nepal. by that i mean the SPA protest.


by the way just add 'am' to it and it is a self definition. SPAM. that just about defines the seven party alliance. well, to me atleast.

i wonder if they have seven party alliance management/ manager or something like that.
-g

 
At 11:03 PM, March 31, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

My feeling is that SPAM will never directly confront--force against force. The King is right this time by threatening big doin's. He knows from the last showdown that if he pays attention, talks and acts tough, then SPAM will back down. The gov't just arrested 5 Maoist leaders in the Kathmandu valley, so , already the teeth are starting to come out of the protest.

SPAM's only choice is to back down and scream to the international human rights groups and media for relevance.

International opinion is also tiring of these flirtations with the Maoists. Blogdai must admit that even the lazy Western media has begun to wake up a bit. Even goof-ball ambassador Moriarty is getting tough with the do-nothing parties.

So, this protest has a real air of finality to it. Either the parties lose in a big battle, or they dissolve into irrelevance while the world wonders why they keep trying these insipid protests.

They most definitely will NOT win the day, however.

-=blogdai

 
At 9:37 AM, April 01, 2006, Anonymous jk said...

Results of a survey in the Nepali Times:

Was it all right for the king to remove the parties and rule by himself?
Not all right 65%
All right 25%
Don't know 10%

If you know about the party-Maoist pact, what do you think about it? (Of the 54 percent who knew about it)
All right 72.6%
Not right 21%
Don't know 6.4%

Who is responsible for the state of the country? (91 percent felt the situation was 'bad' or 'distressing.)
King 32.7%
Maoist 32.6%
Political Parties 26.6%
Foreign Powers 1.5%
Others 0.6%
Don't know 6%

Can parliamentary polls be held within a year under current circumstanaces?
Can't 61%
Can 22.5%
Other 0.4%
Don't know 16.1%

Are you happy with your present job/work?
Yes 53.8%
No 30.5%
OK 14.4%
Don't know 1.3%

 
At 12:26 PM, April 01, 2006, Blogger Jose the Sophist said...

We have all had enough of:

1. The democratic parties.
2. The Maoists violence
3. The street demonstrations
4. RNA atrocities
5. Western imposition
6. Nationwide bandhs
7. The politicians that advise the King
8. Indian meddling

BUT most importantly -we have had enough of the fact that we, ourselves, are unwilling to do anything.

The man with no face.

 
At 1:48 PM, April 01, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Highlights from that same nepali Times article that might not be apparent through the numbers displayed above:

• The Maoists and the monarchy are equally to blame for the present situation
• Direct rule by the king is not right
• Since the king has taken over, it’s up to him to fix things
• The monarchy should not be abolished, but the king shouldn't have absolute powers
• The king, the parties and the rebels should get together and find a solution through an interim government
• The Maoist insurgency is futile, and there is no military solution
• A general election is not possible unless peace is first restored

Kunda Dixit, summarized it this way: "The Nepali people are fed up of incessant fighting, endless political wrangling and have no high expectations from the Maoists, the parties or the king. They just want to be left alone to get on with their lives."

Blogdai thinks this may be one of the more comprehensive, accurate and unbiased surveys taken. Hats off to the Himalayan Times. The process and hardship of this survey make for a fascinating read:

http://www.nepalitimes.com/issue/292/Headline/11470

Some things to note: Most of the respondents (65%) were rural. Roughly half of all respondents had not heard of the 12-point agreement. Those that did where quite in favor of it. The majority of the respondents were men.

Analysis: Nepalis want peace and don't want to rock the boat. They are willing to take the parties back if they stop acting like children.

A rural man who has heard of the 12-point agreement seems more likely to be educated and/or involved in politics. Hence the agreement's favorability.

-=blogdai

 
At 12:48 PM, April 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey g you know they post under your name on that boycot blodai site?

Raj

 
At 1:37 PM, April 03, 2006, Anonymous g said...

yes, i know that. and i take that as a compliment. if they think people would listen to what g's wgot to say, i cant change my heart to stone and tell them otherwise. :)

i did post one message to let them know that someone else posted under g's name. but there might have been some problem with the internet, what i wrote was not what was posted. i hope nepal's postal service did not take over the running of the web these days.
-g

 
At 6:50 PM, April 03, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

TO OUR READERS:

Our good friend g is referring to the new anti-blogdai site. boycotofblogdai.blogspot.com

I highly endorse it!

We must ask ourselves, where would any level of discourse on Nepal be a few years ago? Frankly, anything that gets people talking and scrutinizing news out of Nepal--and calling blogdai on the carpet, for that matter--deserves our support.

boycotblogdai, sadly, gets off to a rocky start with its spelling problems. (boycott) But overall, it's a hoot. Not a lick of content, just pure venom.

Go there when you get the chance and let me have it!

cheers,

-=blogdai

 
At 3:23 AM, April 04, 2006, Blogger Jose the Sophist said...

boycotofblogdai.blogspot.com

I have come to the opinion that 2.34 is probably a young man or a teenager who has more than enough time to excercise childish fantasies. Perhaps i am wrong and he or she has a Phd in Diplomacy and International Relations but i see no reason to believe this!

Mind you, he could also be a 'democratic' politician from one of Nepal's leading political parties?

I say 'he' as an assumption but 'he' could very well be a 'she' or a 'she-he' or an 'it' depending on what the doctors say.

Perhaps i am being too harsh with him?

btw: I sent you an email -did you get it?
The man with no face.

 
At 7:26 AM, April 04, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

sorry Q, I did not get your e-mail. Please send it again.

blogdai@nepalimail.com

-blogdai

 
At 7:46 AM, April 04, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Yes, there is a decline in civility these days. People demand to be heard at the expense of all others.

Societies are in decline when fewer and fewer individuals feel the need to play by the rules that hold a society together.

Take Thailand's PM. He's a crook like Deuba and Koirala but has just stepped down from office as his party won a paltry minority in elections. Perhaps this is why our uncivil-servants refuse to even hold an election?

There was an article posted in the Christian Science Monitor a few days ago that equated this decline in civilization to a rise in Tribalism, and I tend to agree with that. As we feel less and less comfortable with deteriorating events in society, we fall back into our own tribal groups for security.

-=blogthropologist

 
At 8:11 AM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the 'Boycot of blogdai' a clever piece of satire on Blogdai's part?

You can't post anything on it without the blog author rewriting it into a compliment. Funny stuff!!!

 
At 11:03 AM, April 04, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

No, amazingly enough it is legitimate. If you search through our threads you'll find a rather disgruntled poster named "2:34" who seems to be the person responsible for this site.

I still get almost daily comments from this 2:34. It seems as though we are somewhat of an obsession now. 2:34 hangs on our every utterance here and looks for words and phrases that might perpetuate his anger. Ke garne?

This person's big issue was the censorship of his comments; but, ironically, from day one, the "boycotofblogdai" site has had its "comment moderation" or censorship button turned on. It took blogdai a full year to realize that people may not have the best interests of group discussion at heart and to turn on my own moderation function; but here now comes "boycotofblogdai," supposedly attempting to be an anti-cencorship site, censoring from the get go.

But you've given me an idea. Soon we will launch the boycottofboycotofblogdai site for your pleasurable and unmoderated commentary. ha! ha!

-=blogdai

 
At 12:40 PM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following 2:34's comments since he started his spam. I can now confirm that (like me) he is based in the United States

I found out that he is from Dulles, Virginia (unlike me) but it is possible that this is just where his ISP servers are located. Either way, Blogdai, if he causes any further trouble just report his spam to his ISP provider:

+1-703-265-470
abuse@aol.net

Disclaimer: all this information was gained through lawful means.

 
At 6:18 PM, April 04, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

yes, anon, I had him pegged for either the UK or the east coast of the U.S.

Nice work. Give me an e-mail at blogdai@nepalimail.com and we can share notes. I'm interested in your information.

thanks again,

-=blogdetective

 
At 9:31 PM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

visit poeticnepal.blogspot.com.
got starter poems. it willjust take poems. if you got poetic thoughts, post it there. politics, love , hate anything. as long as it is a poem. post it.
--g

 
At 11:07 AM, April 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers!!! Gyane's days are numbered!!!

Status are being dismantled (remember how Saddam's status was brought down in Bagdad). People are making royalists' heads their footballs. I am just remmbering 4 Agust 1789 in France. The Great French Revolution!!!

It's people's days in Nepal!!

 
At 2:27 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Are "rolling heads" your concept of democracy?

Sounds like you're giddy with the prospects of anarchy.

The French revolted against a tyrranical King who kept the people festering in poverty. Don't see that in Kathmandu, I must say.

Mob rule is not democracy.

-=blogdai

 

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