Friday, March 14, 2008

Internal Affairs




Nepali police defending Chinese sovereignty in Nepal.
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Take a good look citizens of Nepal. You don't have to look far, it's right in your backyard.


Watch the Tibetans.


There's violence in the streets of Kathmandu. Fifty years of repression and unequal treatment has come to a head and more violence will be on the way.


There is no sinister Maoist force holding a gun to the heads of these people; no trumped-up sense of revolution being brokered by career politicians trying to save their wealth.


No, these are real people who have had enough.


What blogdai wants you to see is how people unite under adversity and begin to take charge of their own lives and futures.


Go ahead, take a good look.


Many Tibetans in Nepal have become quite wealthy. They are often astute and cunning traders and can generally run circles around their Nepali competitors in the restaurant and small hotel industry. The just WANT it more than the rest of us.


But there you see them, rich and poor, taking to the streets in protest of China's infantile and punitive policies that fail to recognize either Tibetan culture or Tibetan identity. They have much to lose as Nepal, for the most part, has been good to them.


When we see the anguished faces of those Tibetans, it is clear that they are each at a stage where personal heartache and a relentless lack of humanity become such a burden that one is compelled to act, even at great risk, above and beyond the preservation and maintenance of daily personal needs.


It is a desperate plea for self-determination. It is the real road towards autonomy and ultimately democracy.


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If we in Nepal had a government that actually understood the nature of democracy, we would support these Tibetans in their struggle.


But what have we instead? During the demonstrations, Chinese representatives had a complete free-hand in imposing their will on our hapless and totally-for-sale politicians. They threatened to cut off the Chinese bribe machine. They made our democratic politicians swear that there would be no "anti-Chinese" activity on Nepali soil. Our government, through its weakness, is standing aside and allowing a repressive regime to run its affairs in our country. How courageous! How democratic!


Excuse me? Isn't Nepal still a sovereign nation? Am I to understand that we are now supposed to repress free speech spoken against another nation on our soil? So now, whenever a stupid Indian actress says anything bad about Nepal and we riot in the streets are we guilty of "anti-Indian" activities? I get it. I can come to Nepal from any country in the world and totally trash the political and cultural fabric of the nation and it's ok as long as I don't say anything bad about my own country in the process. Fun!


I guess Nepali democracy involves just sitting around until another country tells you what to do.


-=blogdai
(If you are interested in helping Nepal's Tibetan community and can devote on-the-ground time towards their assistance, contact blogdai at blogdai@nepalimail.com)




25 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, March 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why Nepal never ally with China. They push everyone around and tell what to do. Nepal too weak to stop it.

 
At 5:40 AM, March 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are HURPES and HURON when you need them?

naagboy

 
At 9:02 AM, March 15, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

They are in Koirala's hip pocket, where they've always been.

They wouldn't dare bite the hand that feeds them.

-=BD

 
At 10:03 PM, March 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai, many people seem to share your sentiments.

Ed Douglas in The Guardian

ExWeb in New York

Although the latter are less specific about a certain lack of virtues on the side of the Nepalese government...

These are sad days.

 
At 9:54 AM, March 16, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

I like Ed Douglas, mostly for his contempt for spoiled-brat Everest climbers. Ed knows blogdai through a different source and a different name, ha!

The world continues to enable these chinese thugs through their greed and the misplaced glimmer of hope that some vast new chinese "market" might be opened up.

Although it doesn't surprise me, big SHAME on Bush for taking China off the list of human rights violators. Someone lock Bush into the White House and quarantine the area so he can do no more harm during his last 10 months in office.

blogdai thinks its time to call china on the carpet for the simple-minded bullies they are. What sane human denies another the right to self-determination?

Boycott their precious olympics!

Boycott them starting today!

The sham display of international goodwill through athletic competition is a slap in the face to those Tibetans who died face down in the streets of Lhasa in pursuit of a little freedom.

-=blogdai

 
At 3:24 PM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised at silence of Nepalese in the recent Tibet issue. No human rights organizations, political parties who stood for Democracy in Nepal have spoken a word when our neighbors are dying for the same thing we wanted in Nepal.

I agree with Blogdai. We Nepalese are willing to die when an Indian actor says something bad about Nepal. However, no one cares when China is blatantly violating our sovereignity.

China is trying to bring the olympic torch to the peak of Mt. Everest's summit to proclaim the highest Mountain. The spineless Nepali Govt. is helping this happen by shutting down Mt. Everest for 10 days loosing millions of dollars of revenue for Govt, and thousands of jobs for porters, guides, hoteliers, who depend on climbing season for livelihood.

Tibetans have contributed to Nepali economy. We should stand with them.

 
At 12:28 PM, March 17, 2008, Blogger June said...

Thank you blogdai for a very touching article. I am mesmerized with your elegant writing. I will no doubt become your blog's faithful reader.

I would like to quote what blogdai posted in another blog where I had the honor to get to know his vast knowledge, talents and sense of justice.

This grand and glorious "market potential" has turned out lead-tainted toys, contaminated food, stolen intellectual property, violated copyrights, and now, tainted blood thinning drugs that are causing dozens of deaths.

Enough is enough. China, it's time for you to lose face.

This is no longer the 19th century. You can no longer hide behind your borders and sweep your deeds under the carpet. (Thanks internet)

So here is my special message to those in power in China: I for one will take a personal interest in making sure your Olympics are a showcase for your human rights abuses. I for one will donate to the Tibetan cause and will raise awareness whenever and wherever I can; and I for one will do my best to see that no abuse, no imprisonment and no suppression of the rights of any citizen under Chinese control goes unnoticed and unopposed in the world community.


Thank you blogdai. I am joining you to do what I can. I am very grateful for what you do. Please keep up the good work.

 
At 3:23 PM, March 17, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Yep, gentle readers and newbies, ol blogdai got into a challenge of wits with a few communist party members over at Kadfly.blogspot.com

Once I figured out that they were just going to spout the party line and make shrill accusations, I started having more fun. Dear June above was in the middle of the fray and blocked for blogdai when it looked like I was cornered.

All prevailed and the general concensus was that reason won out over lock-stepped communist dogma.

Thanks again to June, Jigz and a few others. We were up all night and took on all opponents. Bravo, team.

-=blogdai

 
At 3:25 PM, March 17, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

June don't sell yourself short. You write damn good yourself. Any interest on writing a column for us here? Let me know at blogdai@nepalimail.com

-=BD

 
At 11:59 PM, March 17, 2008, Blogger June said...

Dear blogdai, I sent you an email at 23:50:37 PST. Thank you.

 
At 2:47 AM, March 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nepal action on Tibet 'excessive'

"US-based pressure group Human Rights Watch has condemned Nepal's government for using what it calls excessive force against protesting Tibetan exiles."

"How can a government that came to power on a wave of public protests against an authoritarian regime, justify crushing peaceful protests by Tibetans?"

Answers on a postcard please..

naagboy

 
At 11:33 AM, March 20, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Hmm.

Maybe authoritarian government used its violently authoritarian new allies to authoritatively coerce citizens into the street to overthrow inept monarch and reinstate authoritarian "democracy"


-=bd

 
At 9:34 PM, March 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

What happened to your prediction business? Are you going to predict the winners for the CA election?

 
At 1:50 AM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He can't predict a winner for the CA because he doesn't want an election to take place and has predicted that an election will not take place.

But then, that should be a cause for celebration because most of Blogboy's predictions do not come true.

 
At 7:34 AM, March 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prediction is that it won't happen..

Look at the increasing number of times the Maoists and their YCL goons have nobbled the other party members' local campaigns

naagboy

 
At 7:42 AM, March 21, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Who will win? God i'd just like to be able to predice whether or not there will even BE an election.

Politicos are starting to talk like they may actually conduct an election. You know it may happen now that YCL thugs are going to the districts and thrashing candidates. Even Girija was caught holding up CA election song discs in front of the national media the other day.

As i've said recently and repeatedly (why don't you read this blog you anon moron), the CA elections are absolutely necessary as a first step towards national unity.

Now, saying that, if the NC cheats or the Maoists disrupt everything, a worse scenario occurs. People who, at great risk perhaps, go to the polls and vote will see that it is an excercise in political manipulation and Maoist bullying and never have faith in their government or anything like an electoral system again.

That would be the absolute death of democracy in Nepal since democracy's primary fuel is trust.

Perhaps if the Yanks send over Barak Obama for a pep talk, it might work out.

-=0blogdai

 
At 2:46 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what political analysis and insight Blogdai can offer from outside Nepal. Does he even know what is happening in our country?

Looking at your blog -you claim to know many things and people but evidence suggests that you know no more than a Nepali living abroad looking inwards from the outside. Basing your analysis on assertion, cynicism and fatalism rather than evidence is next to useless and quite close to pointless.

This perhaps explains why you only get 10,000 hits on your website. Now, any one with a knowledge of websites will know that 10,000 hits means the number of time it has been visited -not the number of people who have visited. If 322 people visit your website every day for a month this amounts to 10,000 hits. Not many, is it?

You also claim to be the second biggest blog on Nepal -yet that festering drivel at Samudaya gets far more hits!

Perhaps if the content of your posts was based more upon substance than dogmatic belief you might attract more visitors to your blog.

Any way, good luck and Happy Holi!

RIP BLOGDAI!

 
At 7:20 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

That's 10,000 new hits per month, based on IP exclusion counting,you twit.

It always amazes blogdai about the level of cynicism from out of nowhere. lazy nepali guy, what have YOU done to further discussion in your country. What have YOU done to establish a critical voice. Not much if all you do is count and theorize about web hits.

So while you're drunk and getting covered with paint this Holi, ask yourself, Is my country better because I am here? Am I doing everything I can to insure my country remains a sovereign nation and eventually gets a good government? If the answer is no, which I suspect it is, then save your cyincism for Samudaya or one of the other shout-fests.

-=blogdai

 
At 7:22 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

I get it, you got those numbers from the Kadfly blog where I've been posting prominently.

Ladies and gentlemen, we've got an official Communist Party hack who's followed us from a Tibet discussion and is pursuing us here at blogdai. How fun!

Hey hack, what are your feelings on the Tibetan riots?

Xaijian

-=blogdai

 
At 8:50 AM, March 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure what happened to your blog but it is dead here.

Will just have to find another blog.

RIP Blogdai!

 
At 7:00 PM, March 24, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Thanks for all your constructive comments here and your unfailing service to the Nepali people.

I wish you the best of luck on the other blogs.

-=BD

 
At 2:25 AM, March 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you are getting 10,000 new hits each month but not getting any comments on your blog posts?

I totally believe you.

RIP BLOGDAI 2008!

PS. How appropriate that the last bastion of blog support for the king should fade away just as the elections are going to be held?

RIP BLOGDAI 2008!

& Good morning democracy.

 
At 10:01 AM, March 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one anon.

Yeah! 10,000 hits! Looks like people visiting Blogdai's blog to read stale posting that are updated once a month. In addition, these visitors do not leave any comments. Does it sound right?

Looks like Blogdai and Naagboy logs on 100 times a day. That is 100 X 2 X 30 = 6,000 hits. So you need only 4,000 other hits per month to make 10,000 hits.

 
At 1:33 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

Ah, is this my annual little-boy pester fest? How am I supposed to "RIP" if you keep posting "RIP" all the time. I'll ask our accounting staff at blogdai, but I probably get 10,000 hits from you little fleas waiting and watching for an acknowledgement of some kind.

I'll allow you the "good morning democracy" comment only if you can explain one thing democratic about Nepal? Can you?

It looks like blogdai's theory is coming to roost. Maoists are bent on disrupting the CA elections which means, regular citizens will have a bad feeling about the whole concept of democracy. Elections are the single most important way a supposedly democratic nation hears and listens to the voices of its people.

If the Maoists continue with their excesses, the whole exercise is soured.

-=blogdai

 
At 5:44 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger Safal said...

I guess if China had a hand in manipulating Nepalese politicians to instruct the police to treat the police severely, then it might be another of those communist moves. Nepal's foolish politicians make the police treat the Tibetans badly, and in return China claims that Tibetans are not been tortured in China but in Nepal.

There are a lot of videos these days on youtube. And, all those Chinese videos mention is Western media wrongly reported the abuse by Chinese forces, when in fact, it was done by the Nepali police. Sucks, isn't it?

 

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