For the sake of convenience let us presume that the 'all-weather friend' China undeniably got involved in the political horse trading but, to the dismay of the 'traditional friend' India there are not many people who buy the theory presumably disseminated by India in Nepal.
Obviously, there are those very few people who pretend to believe this hypothesis because they are those who survive on India's overt and covert support. After all one has to survive whether it is under table money or doles.
The other side of the story is even more interesting. And, that is people readily buy the theory that India was behind the Audio Tape controversy. India has already become a sinking horse in Nepal. Like it or not.
Whether India's external intelligence agency, RAW, as claimed by Maoists' media, plotted the smear China campaign or not, as the audio tape got aired and printed in “some” interested newspapers, people here immediately concluded that it was just that. That, India was the villain. Why? Because it has remained ever as a villain. The Indian authorities know it better as to what went wrong with their “dominating” policies in Nepal.
In between the two presumed instances, it becomes pretty clear that India with so much of covert investment in Nepali politics has lost in its entire game that it has been playing for the last six decades and not to forget it has also lost the traditional friendship, trust, affinity and many more from Nepali people.
For example, let us imagine that Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the China friendly leader one day claims that he in effect held the conversation with the Chinese Friend and demand support worth Rs. 500 Million as is being projected by the interested media, in that eventuality too, people will try to justify it by saying that if India can do it what is the harm if China does the same?
The fact is that whatever China-the west vilified economic giant, does in Nepal openly or not, people take it as a friendly gesture. For India- the Western unnatural ally, it is just the opposite in Nepal.
Find out dear Indian friends! What went wrong with your policies? Introspection is highly needed.