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editPrime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is planning to go to Delhi after the second phase of elections and before the third phase elections. Earlier to Deuba’s visit, DPM and foreign minister Krishna Bahasdur Mahara is scheduled to go to Delhi to pay courtesy call on his counterpart Sushma Swaraj. After Mahara’s visit, Swaraj is likely to visit Kathmandu. After Deuba’s visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Nepal to lay the foundation stone of the Arun 3 Hydropower Project to be constructed by an Indian company Satluj.
It has become almost a tradition that immediately after assuming office by the PM in Nepal, he should go to Delhi. By following this tradition, PM Deuba has also decided to make his first visit to Delhi. This is the gesture performed by our political leaders that they are close to Delhi and they have high regards with the leaders in Delhi. Furthermore, this is also the gesture that the Indians are always welcome for all kinds of intervention or say micro-management in Nepal. And especially for Deuba or Pushpakamal Dahal, this is an opportunity to extend thanks to the Indian leaders as due to the Indian blessings, Dahal enjoyed the PM’s post for about ten months and Deuba has been rewarded as the PM for the fourth time.
The country’s glorious history reveals Nepal as a sovereign and independent nation. So far, the Nepali monarchs were able to save this identity of the country, however, since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1989, the political tradition has been changed along with the change in the country’s foreign policy. King Prithivi Narayan Shah the Great had defined Nepal as a yam between two boulders. By accepting this fact, King Mahendra had embraced the non-aligned foreign policy and equidistance policy with Nepal’s neighbours. This is the standard foreign policy practiced by the kings of Nepal in the past. Unfortunately, the “loktantrik” foreign ministers seem to be confused on Nepal’s foreign policy as every foreign minister is found constituting a task force to identify Nepal’s foreign policy. Perhaps, in this “loktantrik” era, surrenderism has been deeply rooted in the Nepali foreign policy, and thus, foreign ministers are trying to define “surrenderism” in the country’s foreign policy!

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