Democracy comes to Nepal


by Sunny
21st April, 2006 at 2:54 pm    

BBC News has just sent out a news alert saying King Gyanendra has bowed to the pro-democracy protests and says he will hold elections and give power back to the people. This is excellent news for the Nepalese, with yesterday being the second day of mass protests in the capital Kathmandu despite a shoot-on-sight curfew. The people stood up for their rights and the King had to give in.

A pro-democracy protest had been planned in London for the 25th. Not sure if it will continue.

As an aside, Lenin yesterday called for the Maoists to take Nepal. Although I agree with him most of the time, I thought the call was incredibly uninformed and totally dismissed the 10s of 1000s of people the Maoists have killed and terrorised over the years.
News update: Bloomberg and IBN-Live


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  1. Jay Singh — on 21st April, 2006 at 3:46 pm  

    The Maoists have killed thousands in Nepal. What an idiot that man Lenin is – sitting in the comfort of London or wherever he is, calling for a bunch of cut throats to kill more people and impose their tyranny. What a fuckwit. The Nepali people deserve better than that.

    Congratulations to them. And may Bhagwan save them from Maoists, their western cheerleaders, and coked up princes with machine guns. Viva la revolution!

  2. douglas — on 21st April, 2006 at 3:47 pm  

    Sunny,

    You’ll be unsurprised that I think your form of transfer to democracy is preferable to Lenin’s.

    Does he genuinely think that if Maoists take Nepal, that that would be a good thing? I think he does and I think you don’t. Thus are the lines drawn.

  3. Justforfun — on 21st April, 2006 at 4:30 pm  

    Sunny – thanks for the link to Lenin – for a moment I thought Lenin was dead but when I read the site I was pleasantly reminded of the Tooting Popular Front :-) and that Lenin lives on LOL – or is his site spoof ? – I do hope not LOL

    “Power to the people”

    Justforfun

    Anyway – here is a link to an article that just sums up the current state around India – I have no firm views but seems a balanced view to me.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/specials/tribune_125/main10.htm

  4. j0nz — on 21st April, 2006 at 4:44 pm  

    Bring on Democracy!! Yay

    Lenin is a class A Pr**k that opposes freedom and democracy – he prefers a brutal communist. state. Surely people can seee what a pariah this blogger is?

  5. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 21st April, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

    The Maoists are a bunch of crackpot terrorists just like the Naxalites , the Tigers and the other numerous guerrilla/bandit/freedomfighter wannabes that litter not only Asia but much of the Developing world , from Mexico to the Phillipines. All they want is a bit of power for themselves and acting the underdog makes ppl go boo hoo hoo.

    The governments theyre fighting may not be paragons of virtue but their citizenry hardly deserve the virulent insurgencies that further set these counties back in terms of progress.

    There are too many folks like Lenin championing rather stretched causes as a result of what they THINK rather than what they have seen, understood and lived through.

  6. Sunny — on 21st April, 2006 at 8:17 pm  

    Does he genuinely think that if Maoists take Nepal, that that would be a good thing? I think he does and I think you don’t.

    Yes, I believe so. Seems to be another case of ideology over what the people actually want. Next he’ll be presumably calling for the LTTE to take over Sri Lanka.

  7. raz — on 21st April, 2006 at 8:55 pm  

    Where’s our weekend open thread Sunny :(

  8. Sunny — on 21st April, 2006 at 9:02 pm  

    Easy on fella, weekend hasn’t started yet ;)

  9. Sunny — on 21st April, 2006 at 9:40 pm  

    An open thread is where one can talk about anything.

    Ravi – I think I sit somewhere between Harry’s Place and Lenin. Sometimes I agree with neither, sometimes I like Lenin’s detailed exploration of issues (he covered the recent immigration rallies in America well), sometimes I disagree ideologically.
    These things are always on a case by case basis :)

    I was planning to fisk Wakkas Khan for that absurd article, but may end up doing it for Comment is Free for Monday. But then I have already written another one for them on forced marriages. I may just write it for here tomorrow.

  10. Refresh — on 21st April, 2006 at 10:14 pm  

    Sunny I would like to understand what this fisking thing is.

    Come across it a couple of times eventually found something on Wikipedia. But still having to understand it context by context.

    What do you mean by fisk? Or should I wait for the open thread shutters to go up?

  11. soru — on 21st April, 2006 at 10:22 pm  

    ‘Ravi – I think I sit somewhere between Harry’s Place and Lenin. ‘

    That rules out rather few options.

  12. wardytron — on 21st April, 2006 at 11:37 pm  

    My problem with Lenin is that however charming he might be – and I bet on a good day it’s like Dean Martin crossed with Noel Coward – we always seem to catch him on an off mood. Instead of the debonair raconteur we expect, we get this spitting horror, all hate and little else. As I say though. it’s easy to come across as an obnxious boy on the internet if people don’t know what you’re really like, and I’m sure he’s lovely.

  13. Sunny — on 22nd April, 2006 at 4:12 am  

    As I say though. it’s easy to come across as an obnxious boy on the internet if people don’t know what you’re really like, and I’m sure he’s lovely.

    I agree. But it happens on both websites – you take an opposite stance to the party line and people become hostile too easily.

  14. wardytron — on 22nd April, 2006 at 10:29 am  

    I’ll tell you who’s good on Harry’s Place – Alex Higgins. He writes long and intelligent comments that are frequently at odds with what HP thinks, but he’s always polite and informed and it never degenerates into a ridiculous ill-tempered row. That doesn’t mean I want to kiss Alex Higgins or anything.

  15. j0nz — on 22nd April, 2006 at 10:43 am  

    take an opposite stance to the party line and people become hostile too easily.

    I’ve tried commenting on Lenin’s tomb several times. And they spit sulphuric acid. A normal debate on there is impossible.

  16. Col. Mustafa — on 22nd April, 2006 at 12:07 pm  

    Yayy; but don’t think people will stop fighting because of this.

  17. Steve M — on 22nd April, 2006 at 7:47 pm  

    I tried commenting there once too and I didn’t tow their party line. Not only did Lenin tell me to ‘sod off’ but he also published my full name, which I thought was totally out of line. He did delete it though after I sent him an email complaining about it.

    Still, I won’t post there again. It’s one thing when you’re engaged in an unpleasant debate by the commenters on a blog. When the blog’s host acts like an arsehole I take it as a clear sign to avoid like the plague.

  18. Don — on 23rd April, 2006 at 12:21 am  

    Lenin? Cocky little gobshite, but that’s just a personal opinion. I’m amazed you take him seriously.

  19. Siddhartha Sinatra — on 23rd April, 2006 at 12:28 pm  

    Publishing your real name!? Fuck! Yes I agree Steve M, that IS out of order. I think Lenin’s blog is great stuff but writing a good blog obviously doesn’t stop a person from being a douche bag.

    My experience with “opposing the party line” was with SIAW, a co-blogger of Drink Soaked Popinjay ex-Trots. Here we’re opposite to Lenin in the Trot-spectrum of the blogosphere. After an exchange of bad tempered posts, he banned me. What was creepy was he then edited my last post and then responded to it as if it was part of the discussion. I couldn’t respond of course, because I was banned.

    Commendable zealotry and a great way to win arguments.

  20. Attilla the pedant — on 23rd April, 2006 at 12:44 pm  

    “I didn’t tow their party line.”
    You might have got on better if you’d toed it.

  21. Steve M — on 23rd April, 2006 at 2:04 pm  

    Of course. That’s where I went wrong. Blast. I’ve been fingered.

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