Kathmandu, Niraj Aryal: One former Indian ambassador to Nepal replied talking to the BBC few months back that whenever India and China meet it is unthinkable they would not discuss Nepal situation.
Media men quite frequently make telephone calls to former Indian Ambassadors, former diplomats and retired Indian military men to get inkling of what Indian establishment feels about Nepali worsening situation. What they get from those retired bunch of men seated in Delhi may not actually represent what Delhi regime is up to here in Nepal? Yes, they have lots of experience but we canít take Delhiís frame of mind through their personal views. Because, they share personal views and we know that Nepal has very good relations with India at the personal level and, unfortunately it is just not the case at the state-to-state level.
Thus, said K.V. Rajan, the former Indian Ambassador, views expressed by him with the BBC does not reflect how New Delhi establishment foresee Nepalís situation. Nevertheless, one thing interesting to note in the remark of Ambassador Rajan was perhaps acceptance of the fact that Nepal no longer remains Indiaís lone prerogative. It was unimaginable to even think India would have discussed Nepal situation with the Chinese just few years back.
Understandably, Nepali media prefer not to question former Chinese diplomats, military personnel and other interested individuals, because they know that nothing exclusive is coming from that camp.
But, when it comes perchance from the Northern camp, it becomes intolerable for some and unbelievable even to the Nepali nationals. Because, at state-to-state level, Nepal shares extremely good ties with China and that can be observed from the Chinese statements that refer to Nepali sovereignty, territorial integrity and Nationalism, which flabbergast few many in Nepal as well. After all from which quarter are we experiencing threats to our Nationalism and sovereignty? The Chinese havenít explained it so far.
Unfortunately, at the personal level, China and Nepal need to work very hard to make this relation a flowery one. Indeed, some Nepali nationals have begun tying nuptial bonds with the Chinese and the speed is in progress.
No matter India is admitably closer to Nepal in many more aspects than China is, but the worsening Nepal situation must have been hurting both the neighbors very hard equally.
Now coming to the point of the visit of Indiaís national security advisor and PM Man Mohanís special emissary Mr. Shiva Shankar Menon to Beijing recently, can we presume that Nepalís two neighbors apart from discussing issues internal to them also talked about Nepalís worsening peace and political situation? Certainly they did, if we are to go by what K.V. Rajan told the BBC and the way Chinese have formally reacted to the situation Nepal is undergoing lately.
Such a meet has coincidently taken place few days after the residential US ambassador to Nepal Scott H. Delsi told publicly that the US would like to see both India and China engaged in Nepal affairs.
The point is not that India and China should engage in Nepal affairs, but the point is that their engagement must bring peace and stability in Nepal at any cost.
And, can India and China afford to allow stakes originating from elsewhere in their backyard?
We have seen what happens when several stakes collide? Lebanon and Afghanistan have been for centuries the playing ground of western powers. Can India and China afford to see another Afghanistan in Nepal? Perhaps not! If not then, the two neighbors should engage in bringing Nepalís traditional and forward-looking forces together in order to ensure and secure their own security interests. Understandably, China and India during the Beijing meet must have mulled over this option as well.