Friday, April 14, 2006

A Protester's Guide to Democracy

Future Home Minister of the New Alliance Government

Since you protesters are all too busy chasing down "absolute democracy" to pay much attention to the future; perhaps, we here at blogdai can put our heads together and help you get an idea about what will happen if you win. So, let's compare the Nepal you will be creating to an actual democracy and see how close it will be to that "absolute" mark you are striving towards.

1. Unlike those elected to govern a real democracy, all you guys know how to accomplish with some skill is a street protest. If your new government has a "Department of Riots" then you might be ok. Otherwise, you may have to deal with sticky citizen issues like traffic, sewage, water, public safety, national security, economic deficits and other pesky issues that are not nearly as important as throwing a rock through the palace window. Perhaps you can now protest the new workload you've inherited.

2. Some citizens may not agree with your views. In a democracy, people who do not agree voice their dissatisfaction through the election process. I suppose now, this issue will get the full attention of your newest buddies the Maoists. They know just what to do with dissenters.

3. Elections. There's that inconvenient concept again. You and your leaders shun these like the plague. Haven't had one in, what, 8 years now? In a real democracy, elections help a ruling body maintain its honesty and give citizens a voice in their government. Since the Nepali Congress Party has always relied on nepotism for fresh political blood, you can probably just go back to ignoring the election thing. You guys "speak for the people" anyway, so you might as well throw away that annoying democratic concept of equal representation as well.

4. Security. One of the pillars of a democracy is the provision for public safety against all threats, domestic and foreign. You've already established a riot mentality and a disregard for municipal laws designed to protect life and property, so I guess anything goes in the streets of Kathmandu from now on, right? If I don't like the price of dhal bat, is it now OK for me to throw a rock through Girija's office window in protest? On a national level, the Maoists will protect Nepal's borders and insure sovereignty with the same zeal they apply to torturing pregnant women, right? What to do with all of those RNA posts and trained officers may pose a problem, however; they just don't seem to want to work with crooks and terrorists. Wait, I get it now, you will give Nepal to India and let them worry about security. Brilliant! Oh, wait, where will that leave your little alliance with the Maoists, sorry... back to the drawing board.

5. International Relations. The U.S. won't deal with Koirala and the rest of the world won't deal with terrorists so what will you do? You seem to imply that you know all there is about running an "absolute democracy" so, as usual, foreign advisors are out. Democracies in the international arena also play by a lot of those rules established by the UN. You can ignore these by claiming "foreign interference." Plus, those human rights declarations might ruffle a few Maoist feathers and we don't want to anger Nepal's new National Army, do we? Just let the foreigners filter their concerns through India.

6. National Economy. No foreign country will feel comfortable investing in a new Nepal where Maoists have not only failed to be controlled, but are more than likely running the show. You might see good earning potential from an "extortion tax" however. Likewise, kiss goodbye about 50% of your GDP. This used to take the form of foreign aid, but NGO's may not feel as safe out in the field with the Maoists running around unchecked. Prachanda's boys can be a spirited lot, they.

All in all, democracy will be what you, the Alliance define it to be. Why break from past patterns now? It's all about getting rich and doing whatever you want right? Let India tackle all the hard issues since the sovereign entity that once was Nepal is now a mere satellite. Make India earn it.... might earn yourself a tidy profit if you do.



At 4:59 AM, April 15, 2006, Blogger Ian said...

We appear to have a stalemate in Kathmandu at the moment and the political impasse can only be broken through dialogue.

I think the political parties know this but they continue to protest to eek out as much political grounda as possible before they negotiate. I think the King continues to call their bluff in the knowledge that there is an inherent contradiction in democratically elected parties boycotting democratic elections and refusing to negotiate.

Personally, I believe negotiations will come and they must come soon for whilst we concentrate on the protests and the King, what are the Maoists doing?

At 8:22 AM, April 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B-dai this stuff is hillarious!
I would laugh more if it were not so pathetically true.

At 9:56 AM, April 15, 2006, Blogger the undercurrent said...

health workers and medical prefessionals should not be mistreated or threatened for treating protestors.

if you go out in the streets and protest, then you should expect to be taken in, beaten up by the security forces. since you chose to go to the protest, you should not be complaining about it.

one really bad thing about our country is professionals like journalists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, even security personels, take active politics as their second jobs. Professional people have influential position in the society. while it is ok for them to have political views, the only way they should be expressing their views is through the polling booths.
at other times they should act more responsible and keep their views to themselves or atleast separate from their professions.

the petition in question asks of us to support the irresposible behavior of health professionals. if they would stick to doing their job and stop contributing to the chaos, and yet they have been hindered by security forces, then they have my full fledged support.

At 11:09 AM, April 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always support whatever you say because you are correct! King blasting all the bunch of craps and we are with you step for step.

Except that I respect HM King Gyanendra more than you all. He has given nothing to me but he is our protector and the saviour.

At 12:33 PM, April 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep* blasting all...

At 3:33 PM, April 15, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Yes, let's hash it out, pro and con. If we here at blogdai can continue to provide a forum for the thinkers and middle-ground seekers of this conflict then we have done our job.

Our increasingly isolated uniqueness in that regard demonstrates the continued deterioration of civility and discourse in this conflict.


At 3:43 PM, April 15, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

At 9:43 PM, April 14, 2006, Jessica Otte said...
I am a Canadian medical student intending to do some volunteering in a rural health clinic in Nepal this summer. I have been following the situation there lately and am distrubed to find that Health Care Providers are being targetted with threats, violence, and deportation for treating protesters.

Dr. Sonal Singh is drawing attention to the fact that Nepalese physicians and medical students under threat in Nepal. To read his e-mail, please see my post at Nepalese Physicians and Medical Students Under Threat in Nepal

Consider the petition to help halt these actions at once:



(Editor's note: We neither endorse nor necessarily condone Ms. Otte's position or Western perspectives on healthcare in Nepal. We have seen many projects throughout the years fail for lack of funds, and/or sustainability. We also do not allow posters to usurpt our threads for their own promotional needs. We have left Ms. Otte's posting for your perusal nonetheless. It can be viewed as purely informative or another example of cultural hubris; you be the judge. -=BD)


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