Some reports about Indian inference might be over hyped and exaggerated but no one can deny that Indians do have their sinister intentions in Nepali politics and society.
“Prime Minister Says: ‘Nepal’s Independence At Risk.’ After all from whom?”
That’s the title at the cover of Nepal Magazine this week. The magazine has the answer in the cover story which is not new: There is a long history of China, the nation beyond Himalayas, not interfering in Nepal. United Stats also doesn’t have the same political clout here that India that shares borders on three sides of Nepal has. If any foreign power that has traditional influence in every sector including Nepal’s political forces, media, civil society and professional, it’s the southern neighbor. That’s why it’s not hard to understand that Prime Minister Koirala’s signal is pointed towards that.
Six ousted contestants of an Indian TV singing talent show performed in Pulchok yesterday providing entertainment to a few thousand people present there. The crowd enjoyed the show. At the same time, a top Indian official- Shiv Shankar Menon- was engaged in ‘serious’ talks with several top political leaders in Kathmandu that was definitely not as enjoyable like the musical show. It was rather humiliating and depressing because the Indian establishment was engaged in blatant interference in Nepali state affairs.
As I am typing these lines, I am tuning in to a Bollywood song and the best thing I like about India is its democracy. I have a great respect and admiration for the democratic system there and I always envy that we also had the same system here in Nepal. But when I see and/or read reports about the Indian interference in Nepali politics, I become agitated, feel very bad and ask myself this question: How come these Indians, who were slaves of the British Empire until recently, forget the pains of foreign interference? Why do they want to become the ‘Indian Empire’? Why go back to sixty years ago to remind them of the old pain? Just look at the way some Indian feel about their country’s civilian nuclear deal with the United States.
Let me quote the second last paragraph of Nepal Magazine story, written by its editor Sudheer Sharma:
“If there is threat to Nepal’s sovereignty from anywhere, that’s from the thoughts and (working) style of the political parties that they can’t reach in the government without taking Indian support,” says an analyst. “India is taking advantage of that.” It’s the old Indian old style (of functioning): keep equal relationships with all power centers (in Nepal) and push the one forward that benefits it.
Some reports about Indian inference might be over hyped and exaggerated but no one can deny that Indians do have their sinister intentions in Nepali state affairs. When you think about our how political forces have been used by India, you reach the conclusion which I want to put in Hindi: sab ka sab chor hey saala.
The Magazine says that Nepali Congress decided to go for republic set up because of Indian pressure. Prime Minister’s own declaration to provide 48 seats to Terai was against his wish (in other word, was on Indian pressure). The magazine says Koirala was frightened by the Indian effort to create a new political party by splitting Madhesi leaders of Nepali Congress. Koirala has already expressed his disappointment in New Delhi about the Indian ambassador Shiv Shakar Mukharjee’s warning that this interim government’s legality end if the Constituent Assembly election doesn’t happen, the magazine writes.
Indian ambassador Mukharjee had held a secret meeting with the suspended king and his son Paras on Bhadra 7th to advise them in ‘diplomatic language’ to go for voluntary retirement so that grandson Hrideyandra could be made ‘ceremonial monarch’.
Magh 19 (Feb 2005 coup) was the second chapter of Asoj 18 (October 2002 dismissal of elected government). The king had taken over the regime for the second time in Indian support. Maoits, pissed off with New Delhi, had come back to Rolpa declaring to fight tunnel war against India though their strategic intention was to work together with king/army and join the government. Even secret contact between king/army and Maoist leaders had been established. But India foiled the possible alliance by prodding the king.
Of course, I don’t believe, just like the conclusion of the magazine, that Nepal could be Sikkimized by India for we are in different age and we the Nepali are definitely different. But the point is: Why do we always have to talk about our sovereignty being at risk? Are we working to create such a situation where India (or any other country for that matter) can’t meddle with our internal politics? If we are not, we must. –by Wagle