With apologies to Bob Dylan. Go on…you know you want to check out the song by clicking on the picture below…and for those who know where this still comes from, its not Subterranean Homesick Blues…
So much for travelling west yesterday. The bandh season has started early, with a strike called in the far west for today.
As Republica reports “normal life has been affected in the far-western region on Wednesday due to a two-day strike called by Hindu Bachau Abhiyan, an organization of Hindu activists, and Snehi Mahila Jagaran Nepal. Educational institutions, industries and marketplaces have remained closed while transportation on both short and long routes have come to a halt due to the strike.
The organizations have called the strike, saying the prime minister turned down their invitation to visit the region”.
It therefore makes absolutely no sense to travel, particularly as there’s also a General Strike scheduled for tomorrow, which will effectively shut significant parts of the country down!
There is a reasonably well orchestrated/organised distribution of known bandh’s amongst the various INGOs in the country, so at least the one tomorrow was not a last minute thing.
Here’s an extract from the most recent circular…
“The Central Struggle Committee of disqualified Maoist combatants has announced the following protest programmes demanding the Government to fulfill their demand which includes removal of the term disqualified, timely drafting of the pro-people constitution, ending unemployment in the country, assurance of proper management of the martyrs & other PLA fighters who were injured or handicapped during the ten – year long Insurgency and make public the status of disappeared PLA fighters and provide relief package to their families”.
Its difficult to find a reasonably coherent article online which provides an overview, but this is quite succinct. [Source: South Asia Institute, University Of Heidelberg]
The underlined bit in the quotation is by me. Irony or what? Continue to shut down the country with an ongoing programme of bandh’s, thereby preventing many people from getting to work, opening their businesses and earning a livelihood…..Go figure!
Anyway…rant over. Tomorrow’s another day…and it provides an opportunity to publish a couple of bandha related photos from earlier in my stay. Exciting huh?
And Bhattarai? Nepal’s current prime minister. More here.