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Expansionist China, after having been unsuccessful in its attempt to construct a road on the Bhutan, Sikkim, Tibet tri junction, trying to establish its proximity to India’s North eastern states from the security point of view and not able to finally establish its military sovereignity in the disputed area called Doklam, after Bhutan and India’s strict objections, the over ambitious dragon has once again faced a severe blow at the hands’ of one more SAARC nation, another Himalayan country and India’s trusted friend of decades, Nepal.

The prime minister of Nepal a non communist Deuba has cancelled the huge contract of the Chinese firm known as Ghezauba group, worth billions of dollars for construction of a 1, 200 megawatt hydropower project. The project was the part of the over ambitious one road one belt initiative of the Chinese government to establish its trade and political hegemony in the Asian subcontinent, especially.

This is not the unilateral decision of the Nepalese prime minister but had been endorsed by the entire cabinet. Scrapping an awarded project to a Chinese company amounts to a sort of an open defiance  (of) a mighty world power who is trying to woo Nepal, a tiny Hindu nation under its influence by way of various developmental projects, economic assistence including coercive tectics with rail links.

The project scrapped is named as Budhi Gandaki Hydropower project and was worth 2.5 billion dollars. It seems, Nepal is now gradually trying to come out of the dragon’s grip particularly when national elections in the Himalayan nation are nearing and the entire left political parties are uniting together with the dragon’s financial support to challenge the current political dispensation.

When communist Prachanda was at the helm in Nepal, Nepal-China relations touched a new height with the latter getting enough opportunities to start various bilateral projects in the Himalayan nation belying decades of long term friendship with India. China had been trying since long to diplomatically or through economic appeasement influence Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh to surround India from the security point of view but it hadn’t succeeded so far despite umpteen attempts.

Now, it’s trying to make trade and infrastructural inroads in these SAARC NATONS having already fully triumphed in the matter of Pakistan, India’s traditional foe.

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Sanctions by Indian Government had forced Nepal to reach out to China.

India must use the visit of Nepal’s newly anointed PM, Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Wednesday as an opportunity to hit to redefine Nepal-India relations. While it is true that India played a major role in ending the Maoist insurgency in 2006, but the period thereafter was marked by escalating meddling in Nepal’s internal affairs.

Sanctions by Indian Government had forced Nepal to reach out to China and sign a treaty on trade, transit and infrastructural agreements with it.

There are many other matters pending between Nepal and India, such as:

  • The impact of demonetisation and the application of GST on Nepal’s economy.
  • Pegging of Nepali rupee to the Indian rupee.
  • The rights of migrant Indian labour in Nepal and Nepali labour in India.
  • Border disputes pending between the two countries, at Susta, Kalapani and the ‘tri-junction’ of Lipulekh.

Nepal has planned to sell electricity to India once it has a hydropower surplus, but Indian government directive says that it will not allow any import of electricity other than from power companies with more than 51% Indian equity.

Internal political instability has made Kathmandu lose its confidence in dealing with the New Delhi. With the self-assurance under its new Constitution, and with India seemingly changing its Nepal policy, one can hope for better relations between South Asia’s largest democracy and its oldest nation-state.

 

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Israel on Tuesday for a 48-hour visit. Modi’s visit to the Jewish country is the first by an Indian pioneer of politics. Him being a Hindu patriot, traditionalist and adherent to free markets, he has the benefit of extraordinary prominence at home, and according to many think tanks he is bound to be re-elected as the PM in 2019.

As per a rundown given by Minister of State to External Affairs V.K. Singh, in an answer to an inquiry, after first going to Bhutan in June 2014, Modi went to visit the U.S. four times, and Nepal, Russia , Japan, China and Afghanistan  twice each. He has actually made 56 International visits since accepting charge.

Such a forceful attitude by the PM towards visiting to various nations as a method of strategy is a sensational change as compared to all the strategies adopted by  the predecessors except the first Prime Minister of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Such visits are focused about building the brand India picture and to showcase our countries capabilities on international stages. To prove that Indian business visionaries with world-class ideas and visions possess the capacity to exhibit their ability and find genuine accomplices and resources to recreate their dreams.

The impact of such visits is a get together for mutually beneficial trade partners and political thinkers, for example, the Indo-Japan Trade Forum. The CEOs of various Silicon Valley based companies have also begun to show a lot more interest in our country as of late, most of which is directed towards Modi’s enthusiastic approach to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ ventures.

The benefits of his International visits are of course boasted by all his supporters, but there is a group largely comprising of the opposition in India that claims that such visits are a waste of tax payer’s hard earned money. According to them the PM should focus more on the internal problems of the country. Modi, who is too busy to pay heed to such talks, will soon be making a trip to Germany, to participate in the G20 Summit in Hamburg.