Today I was researching the political situation in Nepal, as I had heard there was a deadline for drafting a new constitution about to come to pass. I thought this might be problematic and it is. My plan was to go there from May 20 – May 30th. However, it looks unlikely that I will get there. Why? Political unrest, unfortunately. The new deadline for the constitution is May 28. Today I read these articles:
They have titles such as “Nationwide Strike in Nepal Threatens Final Steps of Peace Process” and “Maoists Defy Government, force Shutdown”. These are not titles you want to read about a country you were about to visit. Note my use of past tense. This is the quote that sealed the deal for me:
“It is not our pleasure but compulsion to impose the general strike to save the nation and the people,” [Maoist party leader] Mr. Dahal said. “Revolution and major political changes in Nepal have come through street protests.” The police estimated that 125,000 people joined the rally.
Fortunately, I had not bought that airline ticket from Mumbai to Kathmandu yet. I am disappointed because I really did want to see Mount Everest and the Himalayas up close, but it seems that I will need to see these from the Indian highlands instead.
So, now what? Maybe Darjeeling? Maybe Bangalore? Some research is definitely in order. I need to get to the highlands, I think, because I am told it is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk that time of year in India. Any suggestions, anyone?