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Trouble in Nepal by Ahren on 20 April 2006 7:10pm
I'm not sure really where to put this, but i've just heard on the radio about all the trouble in Nepal. The King is being besieged by an angry mob demanding democracy, and he's going to have to stand down to avoid being lynched!
I just heard it today and was like "Michael Palin went there! He met him!". i was just wondering if anyone else had heard about it and knew any more information or had any paricular views- that is literallly all i know!!
Re: Trouble in Nepal by tucsonmike on 20 April 2006 7:26pm
It's been all over the news. I just finished reading the Economist and they had an article. This had been brewing for years. It isn't a surprise, it seems.
Re: Trouble in Nepal by Spursfan on 20 April 2006 8:38pm
I was there too - just a few weeks before the royal family were killed, in 2001, so you can say 'Spursfan was there too, though she didn't meet the (then) royal family. She was however 'blessed' by both a buddhist monk (who was staying at our (5 star) hotel - what happened to humility lol) and a saddhu.' ;-)

From all accounts this king is a tyrant. The nepalese do tend to treat their royals as gods (though he got in in a coup)but this king is taking it too far.

Re: Trouble in Nepal by Ellerd on 21 April 2006 5:23am
King Gyanendra is a despot.

Last year, he sacked the democratically-elected Nepalese government. He jailed opponents of his rule, including journalists, democracy-activists, and political opponents. He now has ordered police and the army to get tough on pro-democracy protestors. Three were shot dead yesterday.

I reckon this may be playing into the hands of the Maoist rebels. If the King doesn't ease up soon, I fear things are only going to go further downhill in Nepal. :(
Re: Trouble in Nepal by arty_farty on 21 April 2006 11:53am
where's nepal?
Re: Trouble in Nepal by Spursfan on 21 April 2006 4:40pm
Basically at the top of India (I know that's simplified!).
Re: Trouble in Nepal by sighthound on 21 April 2006 8:11pm
Facing 100,000 demonstrators who had defied his curfew, the king backed down today and promised the people a multi-party democracy. However, he didn't grant their request for a new constituion so it may not be over yet.
Re: Trouble in Nepal by Ellerd on 23 April 2006 5:22am
I wonder what happened to that journalist that guided Michael around Kathmandu in 'Himalaya'? Kunda Dixit, I think that was his name. Someone attached to the series should have his contact number or email address, wouldn't you think so? If so, there's a suggestion for Michael's next message...
Re: Trouble in Nepal by tucsonmike on 23 April 2006 5:57am
You can see what a dangerous place Nepal is from the Gurkha recruiter Adrian Griffith being kidnapped. I wonder how much intl attention can be brought to bear.

Otherwise, the Chinese are going to sneak in through the open back door.
Re: Trouble in Nepal by Spursfan on 23 April 2006 1:36pm
Yes you're right Ellerd.

I was wondering what had happened to our guide, who was extremely articulate, smartly dressed and had taken someone famous round for a tv show I think (not Michaels - this was 2001).

He was such a nice guy I hope he's safe.

I think this always happens when there's some sort of unrest in a place you've visited and made friends - however slight.

With all the good friends we have in Turkey - some like family - I am always very worried if a bomb goes off (the one in the dolmus last summer was on a route we use) or there's a massive earthquake.

Anyway let's hope both our guide and Michael's journalist are safe and well.

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