Maoism does not Equal Tourism

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:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100502/wl_sthasia_afp/nepalpoliticsmaoistprotest

and  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/world/asia/03nepal.html?scp=2&sq=nepal&st=cse

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?

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2 Responses to Maoism does not Equal Tourism

  1. GuitarToma says:

    Stinking Maoists.

    • Not my place to say whether they stink or not, since I don’t live there, but from what I have read, they are not above strongarming a lot of nice people to get their way. Time will tell, I suppose.

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