“Both Nepal and India are equal and sovereign nations”, opines Indian ambassador to Nepal Sri Jayant Prasad addressing a seminar on ‘Nepal-India Relations in Broader Contours’ April 3, 2012.
The two day seminar sponsored by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is being organized by Central Department of Political Science, Tribhuvan University.
India enters finally the TU’s sensitive department. Let’s wait for the sure shot “negative” implications” sooner than later. May turn soon to Banaras Hindu University-BHU.
By the way, Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam’s JNU guru Sukh Deo Muni is also in Kathmandu to present “his thought provoking remarks” on the said topic.
Ambassador Prasad’s remarks must have irked Muni and his Nepali ilk.
“India and Nepal are equal and sovereign states, and in keeping with the spirit of non-intervention in each other’s domestic affairs, India does not have preferred electoral outcomes, preferred ruling arrangements or favourites among political parties,” ambassador Prasad’s inaugural address submitted to the organizers in writing reads.
Sober comment but a white lie. The Nepalese understand the Indian designs. The wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
“These issues lie purely within the domain of Nepali political sphere and were related to the decisions to be taken by the Nepali people,” added the Ambassador in his written speech.
“New Delhi has always sought a strong, stable, democratic, prosperous and inclusive Nepal”, Prasad claims.
Is it so Excellency? Then why is the chaos here then?
“Respect for each other’s sensitivities, development of mutually beneficial socio-economic ties and cooperation in addressing emerging global and regional issues, said Prasad, should be made the foundation of modern relation between the two neighbours.
Political Science theory doesn’t work in Nepal-India relations as is the Nepali experience beginning 1950s. Theory has never been brought into practice, the modest Ambassador should understand.
However, critics have it that at least in papers and while making verbal speeches the Indian diplomats make flowery remarks but resort to arm twisting acts when it comes down to the implementation level.
But, yet Prasad does not belong to the same set of India’s South Block Babus, it is learnt through sources.
Professor Mina Baidya, Professor Ram Kumar Dahal, Professor Krishna Khanal, Professor Sri Dhar Khatri and Professor Ananda Aditya will also present their working papers at the seminar.
Professor Khatri enjoys ‘cordial’ ties with Sukh Dev Muni, by the way.