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In the least, this need not have been pointed out to our champions of globalization who used the ruse to cannibalize our preciously built industries and are currently in the process of dismantling the state utilizing myopic interpretations of democracy and constitutionalism. Forget a world view for Nepal. Take just the Indian point of view. Forget the much touted India-China balance. One need just compare Indian media coverage of K.P. Oli’s just concluded India visit to the profuse Nepali coverage of the Modi visit beginning Friday and see the imbalance. This must of course be interpreted as the Nepali welcome for a valued guest traditionally to be honored as god. But where is the balance? And so one must conclude that the imbalance in coverage that is a wee bit too obvious can only be accounted to our national politics since, after all, our foreign policy is, as all foreign policies are, but a reflection of national politics. Contrary to claims, there is little indication that Oli has corrected the tilt, at least this is what may be gleaned from the imbalance in coverage already profuse. This is not to undermine the importance of the Modi visit.
Where our southern neighbor stands in global politics needs and where Nepal should be in this global framework to make this bilateral relations globally productive is what should have been the demands of the fast changing global scenario for both Nepal and India. Modi’s return from China before making his third trip to Nepal, at least for the Indian prime minister and vice versa, should have helped adjust their global perspectives. If Modi can even shed some light on those highly intimate talks when it comes to the two talking Nepal in course of his current visit, he would be performing sterling service in the exercise of foreign policy with a global context for Nepal. Us Nepalis, of course, appear hell bent to fool everybody with our opportunistic obsession (ganga gaye gangaram…) with tilts. A new vision in Modi’s ‘neighborhood first’ politics demands corrections in Nepal which the political establishment in this host country would shy away from making on its own. But, for an Asian response to global developments, as a Modi-Xi talks were said to have been held for, the Nepali nexus cannot have been too distant.
As a matter of fact, the current Nepali establishment is itself a product of that sterling Indian mistake which sought the tilt in Nepali politics. If by any chance that Indian micro-management has given the appearance of permanence in Nepali foreign policy, the fluidity that this has encouraged in the domestic front itself will have denied permanence to our micro managers. Oli’s trip up north is very much due and so will the profundity of media obsession. The Xi-Modi talks will have been futile if they do not recognize this. Understanding and cooperation for real development would need a foundation of truths n ot to be shaken by fluid Nepali politics. It should be long term and result oriented. Having failed in the domestic front, to reflect strengths in the foreign policy front is wishful thinking. One hopes that Modi, who last time asked for sagacity of Nepali politics, will this round reject the opportunism that has been given permanence in Nepali politics to the peril of the region and the world as such.

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