The Nepali Congress leader Dr. Sashank Koirala said the issue of federalism in Nepal is directly linked to security issues of Nepal’s immediate neighbors thus Koirala claimed that 'lately foreign interference in the country has reached the highest level'.
Very close to his father Late B. P. Koirala’s line indeed.
“International forces perceive China as the future super power. They thus want to unnerve China by provoking Tibetan issue through the Nepali soil”, also claimed a determined Koirala.
Sashank is the youngest son of Late B.P. Koirala.
On the other hand, claimed junior Koirala, “India is not in favor of creating several states in the Tarai plains of Nepal. India thinks that it will be in difficulty to maintain smooth relations with each and every states thus it favors single state in Tarai which is what is called One Madhesh One Province.”
Indian inner designs, better late than never, exposed to the hilt.
“India is the main obstacle to the NC proposal to divide Madhesh into five provinces”, he added, “China too does not want Nepal to be divided into several provinces. China is clear on its stand that federalism does not bode well for Nepal”.
“Nepal needs to raise these issues boldly at the international level. We need to tell the international forces clearly in an international forum (perhaps he is referring to at time of the bilateral or multilateral closed talks) that we will not allow our soil to be used against China,” he suggested.
“The CIA used Khampa issue to destabilize China. The Tibetan issue is being raised with similar mal intention. Tibet is China’s internal matter. We cannot support free Tibet movement but what we can still urge China through diplomatic channels is to preserve Tibetan Culture.”
“While B.P was the prime minister of the country, he practiced the policy of equi-distance in our relations with both India and China. Late King Mahendra continued with the same policy to some extent but, I have found present day political leadership indifferent towards the policy”.
The Paanch Sheel policy guided then Nepal-China relations, analysts recall.
Koirala made these remarks talking to the Nagarik National Daily in Hong Kong.
“King Mahendra encouraged both Kirti Nidhi Bista and Surya Bahadur Thapa in his bid to maintain balanced relations with both China and India which in effect was the policy propounded by Nepali Congress and BP Koirala.”
“Better ties with both India and China are in the overall interest of Nepal,” a brilliant Koirala tells Nagarik National Daily.
He also claims that increased activities of the Christian missionaries, return of US Peace Corps and the activities of the European Union in the long run is also targeted against China.
Hitting the nail right on the head.
By and by, junior Koirala’s theory loaded remarks reminds one of late BP’s reconciliation theory. Now Dr. Shashank is for reconciliation with the neighbors as well. Perhaps this is what he wants to say.