Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nepal

Honorary Nepalese consul: New gov't wooing tourists

Brustin [the honorary consul general of Nepal] said he has served in the post for about nine years and half-joked that the relationship has kept him from an analyst's couch.

"I like to tell my colleagues that I avoid psychiatric care because my couch is Nepal," he said.

He said Nepal's population throughout the years has climbed steadily to 30 million. And, Brustin noted, the country -- a democracy only since 1991 -- has never been conquered.

He said the Nepalese, in converting from a monarchy to a democracy, have overcome bloodshed and internal insurrection.


If that's what he actually thinks happened, perhaps he needs a psychiatrist after all. I grew up fully expecting to die when communists dropped the bomb on us. Have people already forgotten what communists are?

Rhetorical. Many people pretended not to notice what communists were while they were still having a go at taking over the world.

Local Nepalese keep wary watch on nation’s reform

Nepal, which has been under monarchy rule for 240 years, declared itself a republic on May 28, and the monarchy was abolished on June 11. So far, the development has gotten mixed reactions from some New England-area Nepali Americans.

“It’s a good move in terms of removing the monarchy and the last 239 years,” said Sandar Gurung, 36, an administrative worker in Boston. He has lived in America for more than eight years and is originally from Pokhara in western Nepal. “I hope it goes well. It’s a very unsure time in history [right now]. In 1990, they declared a democracy, but it didn’t work … . Though it is a very small country, there are so many different ethnic groups, and hopefully we don’t have conflicts all over the place.”

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