At a Nepal-India seminar held in Kathmandu, August 30, 2012, experts from both the countries expressed that ‘Nepal has lot to learn from India’. Indeed!
The learning process will never come to an end.
The 12 point lesson was indeed a good chapter from the new book on Nepal-India relations. The book was authored by Indian PM Bajpayee in 2002, analysts have been told. Brajesh Mishra taught the special chapter on “coercion” to Dahal-Bhattarai duo in NOIDA suburbs. Shyam Saran and Muni also took some tutorial classes, perhaps on “submission” to their new found disciples from the “Hills”. Sitaram Yechury must have also taken some lessons on RAW functioning in Nepal.
The seminar organized by Center for South Asian Studies in coordination with Chennai based Center for Security Analysis titled ‘Federal state: Lessons from Indian experience’, India’s Ambassador to Nepal Sri Jayant Prasad Srivastav was invited as the chief guest.
He must have footed the inflated seminar bill.
As usual, poor Jayant Prasad claimed that India had never interfered in the internal matters of Nepal. Analysts sympathize.
“India has never interfered in the internal matters of Nepal. As a good neighbor India has only at time of difficulty made suggestions”, claimed the ambassador. The attending participants must have laughed.
Maoists-India June 2002 Treaty was just a suggestion?
Majority in Nepal firmly believe that root to Nepali ailments lay in India, critics have it.
Be that as it may, ambassador Prasad has right to defend his country that he is doing though in a subdued voice as the Nepali population now understand that India for Nepal is a necessary evil.
“Nepal-India relations will remain firm as ever. India will continue to support developmental activities in Nepal”, he also said.
On federalism matters, said Prasad, “Federalism has become a necessity for Nepal. Yet there are several issues that need to be resolved”.
Beijing must have been listening.