Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Big Column

Lots of backed-up stuff here at blogdai. Our security system check -n- purge is complete. Now, back to the fun stuff. Trouble is, we've got so much of it, we don't know where to begin. So, after much debate among our writing staff, we'll just sum up the ideas. -=bd

Boyz in the Hood

Home boys clock-wise from left: Baby "Notice -Me-Makune"; Jess stoopid Dr. P Maoibadi; Baby Babbling Mao; Stale Prince "Do Nuffin" Girija; Massa "G" Hisself; CE (cancel elections) Deuba G.
Tired of all of them. blogdai is sick of these thugs running their mouths off in the wrong direction. Deuba doubts everything and quits at the first sign of anxiety; Makune spills the beans on every plan with his impecably bad political timing; The bozo Mao-brothers throw wrenches into every positive development; even King G. can't seem to run his own coup.

Sweep em' away. Any Nepali, repeat ANY Nepali could do a better job governing the country.

Girija Shows His Hand

Yes, Jana Andolan was designed to "restore democracy" to Nepal. What a laughable farce. A few years down the road and what does the old man want to do before he keels over dead? Discretely pass the Prime Ministership over, without an election or public input, to party gal and daughter Sujata. (We predicted it here 2 years ago!) Anyway, long live the spirit of Jana Andolan: where the people's voices are heard by not listening to them at all!

Watch the old man finally give up his long career in crooked politics shortly. He's done. Nona Koirala, the only brain and advisor in the family, is dead and ol' babu just doesn't give a shit anymore. Let's hope he gets out quickly, before he can do any more damage.

Sujata Days

Fashion memo to Sujata: Never allow yourself to be photographed with a hangover.

Her time has come all right. blogdai hated to be right with this prediction but it looks like Sujata Koirala will inherit the Prime Ministership.

blogdai knew it was in the works a few months ago when Suji went on her comical "book promotion" tour of India. She was apparently hawking a Girija biography, but blogdai knows she was making the political rounds in Delhi and shoring up her support and connections.

Pathetic. Apparently there was no real interest in a Girija biography in India. blogdai can only surmise at the possible titles for such a tome:

-Girija Koirala: "A life in the Cookie Jar."

-Koirala: "I am not my brother's (legacy) keeper."

-Girija Koirala: "I made millions in politics and so can you!"

-"Making Autocracy look Democratic:" The Girija Koirala story.

and so on...

Super Maoist and Babu Boy

Little Babu continues to rant. Calling Sujata's rise a prelude to a "democratic coup," whatever that means. No matter, Babu Ram just loves to hear himself talk, it makes him feel smart. Forget the fact that he makes absolutely NO sense. Sense or sanity has never been a prerequisite for Maoist leadership.

And Dear Leader Prachanda. Now he's threatening (again) to re-start his full scale revolution if CA elections are "manipulated." We've seen this pattern before. If he can't coerce the results because the RNA is guarding the polls, he'll claim manipulation. So what. let him go.

If the Maoists had any kind of large scale ability they would have made their move on government by now. Their voice is becoming more marginalzed by the day and Nepali's are sick and tired of the YCL. Stick a fork in him, he's done.



At 8:45 PM, February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, ha ha!

Blog dai is back. Sharp and full of piss. I can breathe again.

Where in the name of God and the Queen have you been?

At 6:07 AM, February 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am tired of all this Prachanda posturing. He is bad for Nepal. Did he ever think that he may have had more power and influence by now had he just worked within the government instead of constantly against it?

At 11:55 AM, February 15, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Prachanda never intended to work with government. Remember that he came up through a violent ideology and is used to getting his way at the point of a gun. Politics is just too slow for him.

girija used him, in fact they used each other to come to power during Jana Andolaugh.

He's been in the halls of power but he's powerless to seize control. Maoists were never as big a threat as Ian Martin or James Moriarty painted them to be.

Now would have been their time to stage a commie coup, but they have neither the organization nor the manpower to do it.


At 3:25 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Famous last words, Blogdai. TheYCL have 30,000 active members in the Kathmandu Valley. They are armed and paid from the 'donations' that they collect.

Prachanda is well aware that no 'democratic' nation has succumbed to a 'communist' revolution. I use these terms loosely because we both know these terms are not accurate. It is widely conceived by communists that the only means to overcome democracy is to win democratic elections and dismantle the state from within.

Does this sound familiar?

The Maoists still control the countryside and the people in the villages fear reprisals and dare not speak out (mostly). There is a great concern amongst both the international community and within certain elements of the SPA that the Maoists are campaigning to coerce villagers to vote for them and to rigg elections in their favour.

We both know that in a free and fair election they can not hope to get more than 5% of the vote. This one of the reason why the election was postponed in November. Prachanada knew that they could not pull of this trick and needed to show his cadres some victories to keep them on side.

Realistically, the only real reason an election will not happen in April is if they can not conduct elections in the Terai.

At 3:30 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

April is going to be a monumental test for Nepal. It could turn out to be a triumph for democracy or it could turn out to be the tipping point into which we descend into a very dark period in Nepali history.

We should hope it is a success -not because we support the idiots who govern -but because failure to hold yet another election could lead to serious violence.

I would advise people to stay away from Kathmandu during the election period. I don't think its going to pretty. Stay in your village if you can.

At 6:10 AM, February 16, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

30000 YCL cadres? Is this by their own estimate? If so then it is grossly overstated. Or better, is this an official UNMIN Ian Martin combatant count? The point we make again and again here is that Nepal's geography hides, inflates and generally makes it impossible to get an accurate count of anything. YCL cadres are madu up in large part by Maoist student wings. How many can that be? Plus, there are more than a few regular Maoists directing the show. Prachanda wants to form his political wing but keep his business as usual fund-raising thugs in the field. He has no power without coercing cash out of villagers at gunpoint and he knows it.

As we've seen in the past, Maoists and their like seem to include villagers forced to attend their rallies and people who are forced to give donations among their alleged counts of active combatants. 30,000? Count the women, children and distressed old men, subtract them from that amount and you may, just may, have a more accurate number.


At 6:16 AM, February 16, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

i will also stick to my predictions that this koirala administration will never hold an election for anything.

Just look at the simple logistics: 2 months away and polling stations are not thoroughly organized. There is talk of the RNA giving security by no plan has been derived or announced.

Politicians, stupid as they are, are close to the situation and many doubt the ability of the government to start the polls.

We are talking about organization on a National level. Don't forget, this is KOIRALA. He can't even get enough governmental concensus to hold a meeting in Kathmandu much less a national election.

blogdai says, as always, the elections WILL NOT HAPPEN.

blogdai's worst fear is that so much pressure exists to hold elections, the Koirala administration will slap together some ineffective exercise in poorly conceived voting and nepal will be left, not only with bad and inconclusive results, but --and more importantly-- with villagers nationwide having little or no confidence in the election process and representative government as a whole.

That would be a tradegy.


At 5:53 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Vladimir said...

April? Elections?

Negotiate February first. I smell a civilian uprising in the air, and boy, isn't that going to be a whole lotta fun?

At 7:33 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're already in a very dark period in Nepal....8 hours of electricity outages and rising.

No fuel and water. CA elections if they happen will only distract our attention from the deep-rooted structural problems.

Meanwhile Giriraj is busy with other things; putting in place his dynasty and legacy. Same applies to Prachanda. How feudal and regressive is that?


At 6:12 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Naag and Vlad!

How good for blogdai to hear from such good old friends!

Agreed. After checking out I can only say that both of you are (as usual) dead on.

Loved the griping at the petrol pumps. Nepalis are finally getting into that "throw the bums out" mentality, FINALLY!

You hit people where they live: petrol lines and power outages and sooner or later someone asks: what good is government?

Girija's idea of leadership is to simply sit around in a fog of imperious piety and defend his throne against potential usurpters. Sorry old man, government requires day-to-day decisions and constant monitoring. We need a government that will not be afraid to get its hands dirty.


At 2:32 AM, February 22, 2008, Blogger Yagrokiller said...

Wholeheartedly agree. "Throw the bums out!"

I think the tipping point will soon be reached and, despite earlier reluctance, is welcome.

Uncertainty, I guess now sounds much better than the certainty provided by the incompetence, short sightedness, disinclination (and indeed even total opposition) to any progress and a general level of buffoonery that this ragtag bunch of 'leaders' seem to wholeheartedly espouse.

At 8:33 AM, February 22, 2008, Blogger Ian said...

Good to see Blogdai back to his best!

Really love the Boyz 2 Men parody photo!

I agree with the general consensus that an election does not look probable in the current environment.

Just look at this:

1. Violence in Terai is making any possible election improbable without an increase in security.

2. Maoists are continuing their extortion and violence against the peope who disagree with them

3. NOC are royally screwed and with the price of oil continuing to rise -how long before the IOC turn the tap off again?

4. Loadshedding is set to increase to 16 hours because there is just no electricity. Industries have literally 'just closed down' because they can not operate any more.

5. Food prices are spiralling out of control due to bandh, insecurity and opportunists who see a shortage a means to make a quick profit. Prce of rice is rising too fast.

6. Shortage of gas and kerosene due to the above problems. Pushing more people into poverty and making it more difficult for the poorest to have a meal each day.

7. Public transport -are they or they not going to your destination? Who knows? No fuel and strikes make travelling an impossibility. Taxi drivers have to queue for 2 (sometimes 3 days) for petrol and so they are making up the loss by asking for extra money on their fares.

8. School strikes. The problem has been temporarily solved but they will be back when the government default on their promises again.

And guess what?

These problems have been building up over the last 12 -18 months. Don't you remember the long queues for petrol in May / June last year?

All these probems are the result of poor management and governance.

Really, what is the point of even holding an election when it will mean electing the same fuckwits to govern Nepal again?


At 11:28 AM, February 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Namaste Nepal,
What is wrong with us? Why are we always optimistic about the future. Why does reality hit so late to us nepalis? Isnt our eyes open enough to see that we as a nation is facing great threat from these old thawgs who think themselves as the builder of Nepal?

F@@@ Them!
i understand that being born as a nepali, we have always been taught to find that ray of hope if not in the present but always in the future. Isnt that too old of an optimism

Cant we see that no one is going to look after you, if you are of no use. Whats going on in Kenya and other african nation should be the prime example for us to follow...well anyway

Who am in to say all this..just another blogger

At 3:30 PM, February 22, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

And welcome back Ian and Yagro, god the whole crew is alive and pissed off! a big blogdai smile is re-emerging!

We love and care for nepal because we absolutely do not want to see that "ray of hope" as you describe it, diminished in any way.

blogdai's ray of hope for the last few years has been to shed light on the political practices that have been going on for over a decade; and to get Nepalis to engage in the discussion and perhaps think more critically about their leaders. Judging by the comments I've received recently, this hope has started to bear fruit.

It is a citizen's duty, under any free system, to critique, yell at,condemn, fight for and/or defend their country's policies and practices. Democratic thinking is never a static process. The best functioning democracies are, really, very politically uncomfortable places to live--as they should be.

Doubts and complaints, such as we are hearing now, are vital first steps towards the creation of a politically active and engaged Nepali populace. Jai Nepal! The era of "ke garne" is over.


At 7:03 AM, February 23, 2008, Anonymous Sarki ko choro said...

Just wondering what will the King do now that the elections are not going to hold in April.

Will he, or for that matter the army make a move of some kind. I hope the army is not also a typically Nepalese gutless, people's-money-sucking entity like all others.

At 9:38 AM, February 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarki, I'd imagine that if they fail to hold an election the SPA will hang on and weather the storm before announcing another election date.

I'd prefer to see a military coup with the King head of state and a government led by civil society leaders who know something about the world.

I would then like to see them to proceed to disband the old guard and create conditions for new politicians to emerge.

I would then like to see someone rule Nepal with an iron fist so that law, justice, peace and finally stability was brought to our lands.

I would like to see them offer to negotiate with people who did not agree with them but I would like to see them mobilize the military to to crush bandh and the constant fear of violence that now exists in our country.

It is improbable that there is any one in Nepal with the balls and the position to be able to do this.

At 5:34 PM, February 23, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Sark and anon, I think you are both saying the same thing.

we can't have any type of government until we do as blogdai mentioned last year" ESTABLISH LAW AND ORDER.

If we think about it, democratic types of governments only work when the populace is seasoned in the mechanisms of same. We all need to not only learn to play the democracy game but understand that our number one goal is to preserve the democratic system. This means, as we've said before, it is more important to be a good loser in a democracy than a victorious winner. Losing shows faith in the system. Having your ideas subverted, possibly, for a differing majority idea is what democracy is all about.

blogdai agrees with both of you. We need to establish security and establish an initial level of confidence in government. Without this, any form of government will fail.


At 8:10 AM, February 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is no election be prepared for the bloodless coup that follows it.

A unity alliance is being formed between King, army, RPP, and some agitating Madhesi groups -should the elections be postponed we shall see the SPA regime toppled.

Typically, the Indians are supporting both sides!

Here in Birgunj it is impossible to hold election. So we can only hope!


At 5:48 AM, February 26, 2008, Anonymous Sarki ko choro said...

Nice to read someone from Birgunj posting blogs, the true on-ground report.

Some of the party faithfuls are queuing to file their nomination hoping for an election that otherwise would have cancelled by under the ordinary circumstances.

But this time it is literally life and death for the perpetually incompetent lots who unfortunately (or fortunately) aware of this and are so shit scared that they are trying to hang on to any piece of straw that will keep them afloat.

The chief of election commission is another joker in the this circus - working for the SPAM rather than being an independent constitution body responsible for holding free and fair elections. What a pity!!

At 5:05 AM, February 08, 2009, Anonymous salik said...

the boyz gang was brilliant!
pants off to you!!!
if it wasn't for some sanity, i wouldn't have come back!
keep posting...


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