Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Deal or no deal

Each day the papers have the news about the possibility of a deal with the groups in the region bordering India. The widespread and violent strikes have blocked all transit of stuff for weeks which has resulted in shortages of most things and the price of commoidities to skyrocket (most foodstuffs are up 20% in the past 2 weeks).

One paper on Saturday said they were close to a deal, the other said the talks had failed. On Monday one paper reported a deal was reached Sunday night. The following day it said that the deal actually had not been reached. Today one paper said they would announce a deal today the other said the talks failed.

I am guessing there will be a deal and the election will take place. I am not sure it will have any legitamacy since the Maoist say they will have 200 men at each station for campaigning. In the event they lose, they have already been saying on a regular basis that the US does not want the election which will be their execuse for losing. Then who knows.

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