The world is achanging.
Even as nature stirs pain and suffering from the west coast of India through the impoverished land of Burma to the heartland of China, with floods, typhoons and earthquakes, respectively, changes of other sort are washing over these same lands and peoples.
The king is gone, long live ??? in Nepal. A bittersweet moment for people as ancient as those all around them. It is good that Nepal is now a Republic and not monarchy. It is a shame there had to be acrimony, royal dementia and red tide upsurge. Where ever the communists have grabbed power in the world, they have not delivered. They come on strong, get the spirits up and then .. Nothing!
Communist mayhem in Nandigram, their tirades against the policies of any government in power, their abject performance in areas of ethics and accountability have dogged India.
The Nepali reds and their visceral opposition to the royals, finally culminated in a new flag being hoisted in Khatmandu.
Anti-communist non-tirade continues after the jump.