As close neighbours, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of forms the bedrock of the special relations that exist between India and Nepal. Indo-Nepal relations are very old and date from ancient times, long long It was a vision of a Nepal and an India, both independent, sovereign and free, but .. agreement continued to be operative on a de facto basis But this reading. India?s relations with its northern neighbor, Nepal, are once again in the limelight with reports of diplomatic tensions and the recent memoir by.
Nepal regained some of the lost territory when the monarch helped the British during the uprising.
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However, even today Nepal lays claim to certain parts of Indian territory, like Kalapani, along the India-Nepal border. Further, India granted Nepal the right to transit trade across its territory and to the use of Indian ports for importing and exporting commodities free of customs duties. Furthermore, Gorkhas still form a key part of the Indian army. Over the decades New Delhi has consistently sought to influence Nepalese politics, sometimes directly, often indirectly.
India's Nepal Policy
India was instrumental in helping the Nepalese monarch regain his traditional power and reduce the powers of the powerful hereditary prime ministers, the Ranas. While supporting the Nepalese monarchy, India also gave refuge to the Nepali Congress party for decades and helped the democratic movement.
This often led to tension and friction between Kathmandu and New Delhi. India also played a key role in convincing King Gyanendra to step down. While supportive of democracy in Nepal, New Delhi is apprehensive of the growing power of the Maoists. Not only does India fear that Maoists in India would benefit if their Nepalese counterparts came to power but India is also concerned that Chinese influence will grow in Nepal. While India and Nepal share close ties, as seen from the high peaks of the Himalayas the Nepalese leaders have always feared absorption by India, not just of a physical nature but also economic and cultural.
In the economic arena Nepalese resent the large Indian business diaspora and friction over transit trade has never been amicably resolved. This prompted the King to curb Chinese and communist activities in Nepal. He suffered a serious heart attack in Marchwhich forced him to rethink his overall political strategy, which, in any case, had not yielded desired socio-economic development to the Nepali people.
Koirala and his associates and they accepted the Panchayat system and agreed to work with King i. He e I dia s diplo a i g Nepali Congress and King closer to face destabilizing pressures from China which India had failed to do during e ause Ki g Mahe d a efused Neh u s ad i e. India plays a grand role in creation of Bangladesh in and Nepali Monarchy worried because India was playing democracy card towards Nepal and supporting the non-cooperators of Nepali Monarchy. Koirala confessed in a Nepali TV interview that India backed their struggle against Monarchy during the early seventies.
He disclosed that he hijacked a Royal Nepal Airlines plane in along with millions of Nepali rupees 7 Kumar Satish Muni India s Fo eig Poli: Koirala fell out of fa o ith M s. Ga dhi s egi e. Koirala was asked to go back to Nepal. Koirala was arrested and tried for his crime against state that included the launching of armed struggle from the Indian Territory.
While Prime Minister Morarji Desai, refuges to intervene in internal matters of Nepal after taking power to defeat Mrs.
Gandhi in the elections of Again in Mrs. Gandhi came into the power and on that time Nepal was preparing for a national referendum in May that party-less Panchayat system should continue o the ultipa t de o a should o e.
I dia s sympathies were with the Palace and this helped the King to win the referendum, though with a narrow margin. The ground of SAARC gives a platform to the smallest nations of South Asian region and cooperation in 16 different areas like, education, agriculture, culture energy, finance etc.
India also refused to supply petroleum products to Nepal this esulted a se ious sho tage of esse tial goods i Nepal. The Ki g Bi e d a Bik a s egi e e ou aged a ti-India demonstrations to protest agai st the e o o i lo ked i posed I dia. The Ki g also aises this issue all the possible international conference. In addition to this Nepal also imported arms from China and high level visits were hosted from both Pakistan and China.
The party organizes a national meeting in January to prepare for launching the Movement for Restoration of Democracy MRD and all the major parties including communist parties forged a united front and the MRD was launched. Bhattarai and tasked the new government to frame a new Constitution for a multiparty democracy under Constitutional Monarchy. Previously, parties existed as symbol of opposition since they originated in the late s on the eve of the armed revolution against the century old Rana oligarchy, and these evolved as movement organizations against the party less Panchayat system for the last three decades between- With the reinstatement of multi-party system, the role and functions of political parties changed from that of illegal o ga izatio s to legiti ate po e o te de s.
Singh Janta Party and the new Indian govt. Later India sent two of its legal experts, eminent lawyers Dr. Noorani, to help in drafting the constitution.
The new interim Prime Minister K. Bhatt ai s visit held in June to India. Unique, f ie dl a d othe l nature of relations between India and Nepal and their people as e phasized a d thei utual o it e t to espe t ea h othe s se u it o e s as eite ated. Ki g Bi e d a s se e tee ea old proposal of Nepal as a o e of Pea e 15 is irrelevant in the new political context of Nepal, dubbed by PM Bhattarai.
One, the mainstream political parties endorsed the CPN Maoist's demand for an election of a CA; two, the CPN-Maoist reciprocated with its assurance to accept a multiparty competitive system; and three, both the CPN- Maoist and the coalition of parties agreed to launch a peaceful movement against 15 http: Jana Andolan 2nd in a large scale started in April to restore democracy and against the monarchy and King Gyanendra used force to suppress this Andolan.
With mounting popular pressure King announced the restoration of the House of the Representative which was dissolved on May 22, Post CA ele tio s, all the politi al pa ties follo ed a poli of o st u tio a d confrontation when they were not part of the government. The result was break down of consensus without which the peace process could not proceed.
In this s e a io, I dia s positio s a d ie s o Nepal o ti ue to e looked upo as supporting a party or a section within a party. The result India is becoming a part of the divisive domestic politics of Nepal which neither serves Nepalese stability o I dia s o e s. All above the primary issues which have been overtaken by secondary issues, and it clearly seen that after the stipulated time May 28th an extension of additional 1 year is result of focus on secondary issues and political stalemate with nine rounds of failed attempts at electing Prime Minister and instability continuation, is a case of great concern for India.
India's Nepal Policy - by Aparna Pande
The Maoists blamed India, for the fall of their government. These types of continuous anti-India agitations carried out by Maoists had harmed public opinion against India and put strain on Indo-Nepal relations. Another unwanted dimension had added while election of appointing PM, which fails e e afte ou ds.
This visit was termed as intervention by Maoists. The intensity of the anti-India feeling has become so deep that in Octoberfor the first time, the Indian ambassador was attacked and was shown black flags in Nepal.
It is the major challenge for India is that the Nepal s o dial elatio s ith othe ou t ies a pa t of Nepal a d ho I dia ai tai its p i a pla e i Nepal s Fo eig Policy.
India ambassador Rakesh Sood mentioned that in almost 19 million fake Indian currencies confiscated. Last year terrorists entered in India through Nepal border. After this the very highest level a network of bilateral institutional mechanism for border management and security sharing have been evolved to streamline security related co-operation between India and Nepal —SSB —Sasatra Sima Bal.
Some water projects between the two countries are working before the independence as well after the independence, these are: The main items of exports from India to Nepal are petroleum products, motor vehicles and spare parts, m. The main items of exports from Nepal to India are polyester yarn, textiles, jute goods, threads, zinc sheet, packaged juice, cardamom, G. There are about operating Indian ventures in Nepal engaged in manufacturing, services banking, insurance, dry port, education and telecompower sector and tourism industries.
Regular meetings are being held on and off site. In the area of river training and embankment construction, Government of India has been providing assistance to Nepal for strengthening and extension of embankments along Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers.
It is proposed to extend this assistance for construction of embankments on other rivers as well. Started inwith the present assistance, the total grant assistance already disbursed for embankments construction along these rivers stands at NRs.
A reset in India–Nepal relations
There are more than twenty KV, 33 KV and 11KV transmission interconnections which are used both for power exchange in the bordering areas and power trade. Prime Minister showed his willingness to revise the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and clearly stated 23 http: Nepal considers the treaty unequaland in the past, has raised the issue of revision of treaty and tried to place it as a key agenda in bilateral talks, but without any suggestions.
Nepal's reservation to the Treaty is primarily based on the premise that the treaty weakens its ability to p a ti e so e eig fo eig a d se u it poli. I dia ill get a oppo tu it to neutralize the anti-India perception while for Nepal there is a chance to shed perennial ambiguities and take a futuristic approach on its relationship with India. I dia s assistance, which reached Nepal within six hours of the earthquake, included 16 NDRF teams, 39 IAF aircraft sorties with tons of relief material including rescue equipment, medical supplies, food, water, tents, blankets and tarpaulin.
Medical teams from India were deployed in various parts of Nepal. India helped in restoring 3 power sub—stations in Kathmandu valley. The total Indian relief assistance to Nepal amounted to approx.