Neither India will change nor the knowledgeable section of the Indian society. It is just hoping against hope. They can’t change themselves because they have promised that they will not embrace reform. It is their democratic right. No comment as regards whether they change or prefer not to adjust to the new challenges that are already there in this part of the world. However, they have to transform their myopic view if they too wish that Nepal-India relations remains in a friendly state and shape based on “equality” and ‘non-interference’ as this would only be in the larger interest of both the nations, Nepal and India. Or Nepal, as a sovereign nation ever, too reserves the right to choose its own course of political path and may redefine on how she should conduct its bilateral relations with India. This is also the democratic right of Nepal as a sovereign nation state-a senior nation comparatively than the newly born Republic of India-1947. Though the present day Nepali leaders would refrain from taking such a course for known reasons which we all know and have become graduates.
Indian expectations are high and pretty ambitious. India wants to continue its hegemony in the entire region and the US is encouraging the entire Indian establishment as desired and preferred by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. This Gandhi design perhaps many Indian nationals seated in upper echelon of the government do not know or prefer to ignore the fact out of fear. But the fact is that Sonia will ultimately ruin the Indian nation with the US backing. This is for sure. We mean it as a good friend that we are.
A group of Nepali media men who recently visited New Delhi, as the Rajdhani daily dated 23 April, 2012 writes, were taken a special tutorial class by Professor N. K. Srivasatava ( could be one of the distant relatives of the incumbent Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad SriVastava but not sure) wherein he exposed the Nepali leaders by stating that they speak of joint efforts to be made by both Nepal and India for development while being in India, however, upon return to Kathmandu they-the Nepali leaders according to this intelligent Professor, begin making anti-India lectures, which according to him, were nothing more than a drama itself.
Thanks Professor at least you have exposed the Nepali chameleons. But yet you all take them at their face values? Why? This means that the Nepali leaders have come of their age that can cheat the high placed authorities of the former honorable East-India Company. Mind it that the one who could not remain loyal to his mother soil can never exhibit his obedience for the other country. Nepal has no dearth of personalities like Jaychand and Mirjaffors. The Delhi authorities perhaps understand who they are?
In the course of his lecture, the attending Nepali students were advised not to take the anti-Indian rhetoric at its face value.
The Professor is half mistaken in his brilliant calculation. The fact is that the Nepali chameleons have been speaking the truth but fear of being awarded penal actions they speak something that touches Delhi hearts.
The fact is that the string of Nepali power corridor remains in Delhi. Nepali sentiments have always been ignored. This ignorant Professor must understand the Himalayan fact.
Needless to say, the Professor being a strong Indian nationalist perhaps did not utter a single word as to why the Nepali people do at times make anti-Indian expressions? The Professor would do well if he lands in Nepal in person and speaks to people belonging to various shades and colors and identify the India’s continued erratic activities which pains the entire Nepali population, save a few. Talk to some sensible and educated Nepalese of your own stature and get the Nepali points.
Undoubtedly, the Nepali people have love for India and its innocent people, however, it is not the people who should be blamed for all the India manufactured Nepal ailments that we in Nepal have been facing currently, instead it is the high seated Indian authorities who prefer to twist the Nepali arms as and when they find an opportune moment. It is altogether a different matter that some Nepali Lendhups of Sikkim disgrace willingly invites Indian intervention and thus one must admit that the weakness lay with us as well. We too are at fault. Let’s admit this fact. The NOIDA veteran could be the best example of what said Professor Srivastava. He has the habit of blowing hot and cold both within minutes. Professor has pressed the Nepali nerve.
Interestingly, how the attending “students” from Nepal received N. K. Srivastava’s harangue has not come to surface yet at best they may have preferred to listen to his million dollar lecture because they had to. In all, if N. K. Srivastava has talked the entire mind of the Indian establishment then what is for sure is that India will further coil the already twisted Nepali arms. The rest will be hopefully accomplished by Dr. Man Mohan Singh when he lands in Nepal.
Professor is thus advised to go through the treaties that we were forced to sign with India in the past and also recollect as to how much interference we face from the Indian quarters each day through the posted marionettes. It was just one way affair honorable Professor! You spoke and our innocent friends listened to. That’s all.
Much more balanced and matured views though came from yet another Nepal expert ( every second man in Delhi is, we have been told, is a Nepal expert) Professor M. P. Singh who told the Nepali media men that while accepting the federal system of governance, Nepal must do adequate home works in advance. He also concurrently advised the Nepali media men to adopt a Nepal suitable model of federalism in the country and that such a model should not be based on community or for that matter the religion. He also warned that any haste in adopting the federal order on these lines may ultimately divide the nation-state.
Professor Singh perhaps fears the split of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as very freshly predicted by Dr. Pushpa Adhikari-a Nepali security analyst. Yet the likelihood remains.
So nice of you Professor Singh! One India but two differing views. If the first one challenges then the other forwards logical and heart touching views. Threatening versus modesty. Mundey Mundey Matrirbhinna…
Concluding remarks: “Make haste to gladden someone you meet with kind word: You may never meet him again”-An Eastern proverb.
Telegraph Weekly editorial, April 25, 2012.