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The King Is Being Super Unreasonable

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Why is he in power in the first place? What is his reasoning?

(1) Because Monarchism as an ideology is superior.

Nothing could be further from the truth. He has described Maoism as an arachaic ideology in international forums. If Maoism is 50, or 70 years old and defunct, Monarchism is 200, or 2,000 or 5,000 years old and defunct.

Monarchism does not even remotely compete with democracy as an ideology. He has no ideological grounds to be in power.

A monrachy makes little statistical sense.

(2) Because he as a person has superior skills at statecraft.

The records show otherwise. Before he became king, the Maoists were active only in a few districts. Now they are active in all districts. Most of the lives that have been lost to the insurgency have been lost on his watch. Nepal is right at the bottom when it comes to respect for human rights on the planet. The economy is down. The limited peace that has been achieved has been at the behest of the seven party alliance and the Maoists. He has …

Googlebombing An Autocrat King

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Umesh Shrestha of Mero Sansar has come up with this great idea to Googlebomb King Gyanendra.

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All you have to do is add this link somewhere on your webpage or blog.

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The more links, greater the chance that no matter who on earth does a search on the term "autocrat king," they will end up at the official homepage of King Gyanendra.

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This was a great idea successfully used against George W. The phrase linked to him was "miserable failure."

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So if you have a webpage or a blog, participate immediately.

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If you don't have one, launch one. It is so easy to do. Go to Blogger. Launch your own blog. And copy and paste this phrase.

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This is creative.

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This is non-violent.

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This is global.

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This is fun.

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This is hip.

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This is online.

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As you know, the more sites that link to a site, higher up it shows up in search results.

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A War Of Words, Not A War Of Bullets

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It has been extremely unreasonable of the regime to not have reciprocated the Maoist ceasefire, but then if it did act reasonable, it would not be a feudal monarchy, would it? The Maoists should not now punish the people and the democracy movement for the obstinacy of the royalist regime.

If they now resort to violence, they punish the democracy movement. The democracy movement is on. It has definite momentum. Rally after rally are proving that. February 8 is good news. All we have to do is go to every home in the 50 plus municipalities, and convinve the people to stay back home. A total failure on the part of the regime on February 8 will deal it a fatal blow, I think.

February 8 has given us focus, it has energized our bases, and it has made a rapid bipolarization possible. The chips are falling in place.

Instead of bullets, the Maoists should go on a massive offensive with an out and out propaganda war and target the foot soldiers of the RNA, and the low paid officers of the police fo…

Trent Lott And Gyanendra Shaha

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CNN.com - Lott apologizes for Thurmond comment - Dec. 10, 2002"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either," Lott said at last week's party...... Thurmond ran as the presidential nominee of the breakaway Dixiecrat Party in the 1948 presidential race against Democrat Harry Truman and Republican Thomas Dewey. He carried Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and his home state of South Carolina, of which he was governor at the time...... During the campaign, he said, "All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches." ..... Earlier Monday, Lott issued a statement, saying, "My comments were not an endorsement of his positions of over 50 years ago, but of the man and his life."......
CNN.com -…

Diaspora Dynamics

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Moral Support: For the longest time, that is all there was the consensus for, that we will extend moral support. The expectations from the folks on the ground in Nepal were not much more. Democracy is such a basic, unifying theme that moral support is not hard coming by. But still there was and is much dissonance. The various organizations could work in a much greater harmony than they are used to. If you want to sample the dysfunction of the seven party alliance in Kathmandu, all you have to do is deal with the Nepali organizations in America: they fare worse, actually.

Logistical Support: In November a major leap was taken. It was decided moral support is to be continued, but logistical support is also to be provided. I think this was a major decision. I actually compare it to the Maoists moving from the goal of a communist republic to a democratic republic.

5 Projects: A lot of ideas started flying around. It was amazing how quickly specific project ideas materialized. Many people co…

To Talk Or Not To Talk To Giri

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I am for talking. What do we have to lose?

A few days back I criticized Girija Koirala for wanting to talk to the regime. (Koirala's Request To The Regime To Postpone Elections) Now I think I was wrong, Girija was right. We got to talk.

Tulsi Giri Interview
Tulsi Giri Is Beyond Redemption
Response To The Panchayati Ghost Tulsi Giri

This guy Tulsi Giri is quite a character. There is not one major world power he has not criticized. He criticized India for inviting the Bhutan king to its Republic Day, and that was way back in February. He has taken the US and UK to task. There is another doctor-politician I know of who is known for his bluntness, Governor Howard Dean. Do they teach these people something at medical school? I wonder.

Some of the things Giri has said are outlandish, like his threat of jail time to the politicians. We threaten him with jail time right back, and then we still talk. Giri is not exactly a democrat.

What do I read into his words? He came out claiming the 12 point …

Why The Maoists Should Not Go Back To Violence

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The Maoists announced a three month long ceasefire, and then extended it by a month. That extension expires in a few short days. They have said they will not extend it this time around. What is in store? What could happen?

I sincerely hope they do not go back to their old ways. I hope they are not planning some kind of a large scale, surprise attack on one of the RNA installations. Because if they do that, we will be back to square one. All political progress made since the ceasefire announcement could go down the drain. The Maoist-Democrat alliance will come under a tremendous strain. The international community will want the seven party alliance to choose between them and the Maoists, and the Maoists are not going to be a choice. The regime will claim victory. They will happily go back to war. The bipolarization in the making will evaporate off.

Why would the Maoists want that?

The best option would have been if the king had reciprocated to their ceasefire. But the king did not. That s…

Koirala's Request To The Regime To Postpone Elections

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What did Girija Koirala mean by that? I am bewildered.

It can be understood to have been a peace and reconciliation overture, soudly rebuffed by a government minister. It is unrealistic to think this regime is interested in any such thing.

But then what do you mean by postponing elections? If it were to be held on March 8 instead of February 8, would you participate? I hope that is not what Girija meant.

February 8 will make bipolarization possible. And we have to move to that end. Since the regime will not take it back, we have to cash it to our best interests. A sound failure on February 8 on their behalf could end up the fatal blow to the regime that it deserves.

The parties perhaps do not have the resources to conduct a continuous movement as yet. And hence their sole focus for now to disrupt the February 8 polls has to be seen as a sound strategy.

The Past Three Weeks

These past three weeks I have talked to many individuals, in the US and in Nepal, some of which are Bimalendra Nidhi, D…

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