By Our Political Analyst
Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal has said that during his state visit to India, an understanding has been developed in developing working alliance with India in international issues. This is an indication that Nepal is going to back India in international issues. He clarified that Nepal has agreed to vote for India for her membership in the UN Security Council, which has also been stated in the 25-point joint statement issued in the end of his official visit to India.
In the past, in many international issues, Nepal had differed with India, in some issues, Nepal had supported to China and other countries also. However, as per PM Dahal, in all issues, Nepal is bound to support India. If that is true, Nepal will support India in the present Baluchistan or Kashmir cases, where, India and the USA are in one side and Pakistan and China are in the other side.
On India’s border dispute with China in the Himalcnal Pradesh also, Nepal has to be sided with India.
Not to forget, Nepal is the founding member of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and Nepal’s foreign policy has been guided with the Charter of NAM. Although India is also the founding member of NAM, her commitment towards NAM has not been reflected in her present foreign policy.
Perhaps, our prime minister has felt that he has been able to end all the disputes and became successful to win India’s confidence, it seems, he has so easily handed over to India to our sovereign right to play an independent role on international issues.
PM Dahal, talking to the media persons at the Tribhuwan international Airport upon his arrival after completing his four-day state visit to India, said that an understanding has been developed with India to make similar opinion in international issues. What we can understand from Dahal’s remarks that from now onward, our foreign policy will be guided by the Indian foreign policy.
Furthermore, PM Dahal was unable to bag India recognition to the controversial constitution which has observed the first anniversary. During the then prime minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to India also, the Indian mindset was the same. When Oli denied to include the Indian dissatisfaction in the constitution, the joint statement was not issued. However, this time, India has become successful to include her dissatisfaction on the constitution and also Dahal’s quest for amending the constitution by addressing the Indian dissatisfaction, which is written in black and white in the 25-point joint statement issued on 16 September. Dahal, by knowingly or unknowingly, has recognized Indian intervention in our domestic affairs by including the Indian dissatisfaction against the constitution.
Most controversial statement:
The Article 11, 12 and 13 of the joint statement are most controversial which indicate that Nepal has remained under the Indian security umbrella; the 1950 treaty has been renewed along with appreciation of the existing open borders between the two country and the Indian embassy will be the counterpart of the Nepal government. The majority of the people are against the open borders with India. The borders have to be closed, they demand but Dahal’s patriotism has been exhibited through his approval on keeping open the open borders. The Indian embassy here is going to deal with the Nepal government which is an indication that the status of the Nepal government is equal to the Indian ambassador here, who is just a joint secretary level Indian external affairs ministry officer. [Please read the full text of the joint statement in inside page.] Following the India path:
PM Dahal was scheduled to fly to New York to attend the UN General Assembly on Monday evening (19 September). He cancelled the visit at the last hour. At the cabinet meeting, he had expressed the view that as there are many political issues to be addressed, it could not be appropriate to visit foreign country for a long period. Furthermore, he had added that his presence at the Assembly was not a mandatory as from India also, the external affairs minister was attending the Assembly. After knowing that the Indian Pm was not attending the UN General Assembly, Dahal wished to cancel his visit.
Similarly, when Dahal’s government knew that the vice president of India was attending the NAM Summit in Venezuela, from Nepal also, the vice president was sent to attend the Summit. Our vice president is just a ceremonial person. The Dahal government has been failed to understand the significance of the NAM Summit for Nepal like country and Nepal’s role in founding of this Movement. In fact, Nepal was known to the universe after she joined NAM as the founding member.
From these evidences also we can understand that Nepal has no longer remained as a non-aligned nation, rather an India-aligned nation. If Nepal is really aligned with India, then obviously, Nepal’s relations with another neighbour China will be as per the guidance of India. In this way, Nepal, during the leadership of “revolutionary” leader Pushpakamal Dahal Prachanda, has got the status of Bhutan in her relations with India.
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