Diplomacy Triangle Ahead in the Himalayas!
If Sovereign Nepal decided to amend the new constitution to resolve the Madheshi standoff, Welcome!If not and we celebrate subordination of Nepal,it might be dangerous!
Looking back!HT Explains | India losing goodwill in Nepal
The United Democratic Madhesi Front of Nepal is on a war path against the Constitution Amendment Bill which they feel is discriminatory. Widespread protests have disrupted normal life and the Nepal Government now feels India has fuelled this agitation. What could it mean for India and its future relationship with the Himalayan kingdom? Senior Assistant Editor, Jayanth Jacob explains. (Hindustan Times)
For me it seems to be Diplomacy Triangle Ahead in the Himalayas!I am not that sure about the latest news break from Nepal and may not celebrate,sorry!
In a significant development, Nepal government has decided to amend the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation.Mind you,the agitating Madhes-based parties have been protesting for over four months • At least 50 people have been killed in protests by Madhesis since August.
Nepal government took the decision at an emergency cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar here on Sunday night.
The meeting also agreed to set up a political mechanism to recommend solutions to disputes over the proposed provincial boundaries within three months of its formation.
I have to see the feedback from the ground zero to understand the development and I am waiting for those feedback.Let me understand the nature of celebration at home!If the Hindutva alchemistry worked in Nepal at last ,I am not sure.I am not sure whether it would resolve the Nepal Crisis at all if the outsider intervention continues as it had been!
If Sovereign Nepal decided to amend the new constitution to resolve the Madheshi standoff,Welcome!If not and we celebrate subordination of Nepal,it might be dangerous!
Mind you,senior leader and former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has said that the unofficial border blockade imposed by India would be lifted soon.
In an interaction programme with the party cadres in his constituency in the district today, leader Khanal expressed the hope that the ongoing blockade would end soon as it has badly affected the Indian sides as well.
He added that by imposing the blockade, India has damaged the historical bilateral relations.
Similarly, leader Khanal further said that the new constitution was issued with the unity of all major political parties and it was the best one in the world.
He added that some unscrupulous forces in Tarai were creating illusions over the constitution but that should be clarified as it has incorporated the rights of all Nepalese.
On the occasion, locals had complained that they were not getting fuel even for agricultural purposes.
Meanwhile,Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari has urged all to help implement the new constitution, adding that the execution of the new constitution would make Nepal prosperous as it was issued through elected body incorporating the aspirations of all people.
Inaugurating the First Labour Parliament meeting of different 12 trade unions coordination centre in the capital today, President Bhandari noted that the new constitution has highly honoured labour and the labour force.
Similarly, President Bhandari suggested the labour force to join in the nation building mission realizing the duty and responsibility of all. Social security system could inspire in the national building mission therefore such system should be established, President Bhandari added.
She drew the attention of the government to reconstruct the quake damaged infrastructures. President Bhandari stressed on the unity of government, employers and labourers to create employment inside the nation.
Here you are.Just read between the lines!
"A hurriedly promulgated Constitution that ignores the rights of about a third of Nepal's citizens can hardly end political disarray without being amended," says strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney. He argues that "The main issue currently wracking Nepal relates not to India but to a domestic political and constitutional crisis."New Delhi, however, seems to have failed to understand the level of cohesion the new political dispensation in Nepal under Prime Minister KP Oli was marshalling against what they perceive as Indian interference. "What India missed to notice is that all major political parties in Nepal were united in their stand that India is trying to interfere in their internal affairs. The government should have seen this coming," says MK Bhadrakumar former career diplomat and commentator.
Those who feel India is mounting unnecessary pressure on Nepal also point out that 105 of 116 Terai representatives have voted in favour of the Constitution.
Four months after angry Madhesi protesters blocked Nepal's border trade points with India, hitting the supply of essential goods into the land-locked country, the Nepal government has decided to amend the new Constitution and address two of the key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation, a move that has been welcomed by India.
"Government of India welcomes these developments as positive steps that help create the basis for a resolution of the current impasse in Nepal," the external affairs ministry said on Monday reacting to the developments.
"We urge all Nepali political forces to now demonstrate necessary maturity, flexibility to find a satisfactory solution to the Constitutional issues through constructive dialogue in an agreed timeframe," the MEA said.
प्रधानमन्त्री पनि अबैधानिक, राष्ट्रपति पनि अबैधानिक हुन् To hell with the OLIGARCHY
संविधान कार्यान्वयनमा लाग्न राष्ट्रपतिको आग्रह रे
त्यसाे भए संविधान कार्यान्वयन नभएकाे अवस्थामा
प्रधानमन्त्री पनि अबैधानिक, राष्ट्रपति पनि अबैधानिक हुन् ।
जाे सुकैकाे भए पनि जुन सुकै अाेहदाका भए पनि अबैधानिक पत्नी सबै अबैधानिक हुन् ।
अहिले नयाँ संबिधान लागु नहुँदाकाे अवस्था पुरानाे अन्तरिम संबिधान खारेज भएकाे अवस्था अन्तरिम संबिधान अन्तर्गत जितेका छिरेका भरेंगमुनीका ६०१ जना बाउ बिनाका अबैधानिक भतुवा हुन् । अबैधानिक भतुवाहरुले जिताएका भनिएका अबैधानिक प्रधानमन्त्री अबैधानिक राष्ट्रपति अबैधानिक पत्नी अादिइत्यादी सबै अबैधानिक हुन् । अबैधानिकहरुलाइ सत्त्ताच्युत गर्न नेतातन्त्रिय पार्टि पार्टि वार्ता हाेइन नेतातन्त्रिय पार्टीहरुलार्इ बहिस्कार गरी सशक्त निर्णायक नागरिक अान्दाेलन गर्ने बेला भाे मित्रहरु।
२०१५ डिसेम्बर २०,
आइतबार, Vidhu Kayastha <email@example.com>
मूर्दाबाद हाम्राे देश
ध्वस्त पार्न भारत चीन
लगाएत कुनै पनि
सहभागिता चाहिदैन । याे
कुकर्म त गिरिजा देखि
अाएकाे छ । To hell with the OLIGARCHY We do
not need involvement of any friendly country including India
and China to destroy our country Nepal. This unpatriotic job
is being carried out by Girija to Oli in the present state
of oligarchy. Vidhu
Amrit Ratna Tuladhar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
wrote: Subject: ON KING MAHENDRA ONCE MORE
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7:55 PM Gentleman: As
humbly requested, I have hereby removed the address of Mr.
Swayambhu Nath Karki (email@example.com)
from my mailing list forever. I fully understand that Mr.
Swayambhu Nath Karki is an orthodox Hindu, a conservative
Chhetri whilst I am always against any monarchy or kingship,
you see. Very obviously, he is in favor of King
Mahendra. I would like to go in favor of a Newar king.
How about that rather ? Could any one bring back my Newar
king at all ? Please convince Mr. Swayambhu Nath Karki to
alleviate his selfish attitudes. Nepal is a common garden
to all. Be reminded that Prof. Daya Ratna Shakya is
absolutely right. King Mahendra's Panchayat Regime has
failed a long time back. So has King Birendra's
Constitutional Monarchy plus King Gyanendra's
Dictatorial Regime failed too serially. I reported to the
Durbar Marg (Palace Road) on the 1st of Poukh early
afternoon and watched the hilarious program staged below the
colossal statue of King Mahendra. There were barely 10
people attending the Mahendra Memorial Day. One short mad
guy in his quaint attire climbed the ladder to garland King
Mahendra. Down below another guy gave a speech holding the
portable loud-speaker in praise of the late monarch. It
was not properly audible at all. The heavy traffic went on
and was never controlled, you see. What a sheer mockery
imposed on the 9th incarnation of Lord Vishnu right in front
of his old Narayanhiti Royal Palace. (This monarchial
building or the palatial structure has today been
transformed into Narayanhiti National Museum because it
belongs to the people and no more to the kingly family.)
A few citizens standing on the side-walk were watching the
funny amusement seriously and skeptically but with shunning
smiles expressed by their faces. For me, it was just a
"Gai-Jatra" program disturbing the busy life of
the innocent people around for a while. No one has treated
the 1st of Poukh as the "Mahendra Jayanti." Thus
this stands as one of the latest news from Kantipur. The
Constitution Day, the Loktantra Divas and the Ganatantra
Divas are distinctly celebrated on three different days for
sure in sound support of new Nepal which is none other than
an independent sovereign non-aligned democratic secular
federal republic . King Mahendra's statue will too be
pulled down soo
Shekhar Dhungel (शेखर
कर्ता ले मानिस लाइ दया
करुणा सेवा र संबेदनसिल
प्राणि वा आफ्नो
प्रतिनिधि को रुपमा
बनाएको हुन् .तसर्थ
जहाँ आबस्यकता देखिन्छ
जहिले सम्भावना हुन्छ
बिना तर्क बितर्क , बिना
आफ्नो पराइ को परिचय
बिना फाइदा बेफाइदा को
हिसाब ,बिना सुबिधा
असुबिधा को बहाना दया
भाब देखाई हाल्नु पर्छ
सहयोग को हात बढाई
हाल्नु पर्छ जहाँ
आबस्यकता हुन्छ त्यहाँ
आफै लाइ उत्तरदायी वा
सहयोगको हात बढाउनु एक
बिबेकसिल आदर्श नागरिक
को उदाहरण हुनु हो .-------------------------------------
सरकारको निर्णयको भारतद्वारा स्वागत
कमल थापाले भने, 'संकट अन्त्यका लागि उत्प्रेरक र सकारात्मक'
कान्तिपुर संवाददाता , पुस ६, २०७२
भारतीय विदेश मन्त्रालयले आइतबार मन्त्रिपरिषद्ले गरेको निर्णयको स्वागत गरेको छ ।मन्त्रिपरिषद्ले मधेसी मोर्चाको मागलाई सम्बोधन गर्न प्रमुख तीन दलले बनाएको साझा धारणाको अनुमोदन गरेको थियो । भारतीय विदेश मन्त्रालयले सोमबार साँझ विज्ञप्ती जारी गर्दै निर्णयको स्वागत गरेको थियो ।
कांग्रेस–मोर्चा बैठक भोलि पुन: बस्ने
मोर्चा नेताहरुले बिहानै भेटेका थिए भारतीय राजदूत
कान्तिपुर संवाददाता , पुस ६, २०७२
प्रमुख प्रतिपक्षी कांग्रेस र चार महिना बढी समयदेखि आन्दोलनरत संयुक्त लोकतान्त्रिक मधेसी मोर्चाबीचको वार्ता सकिएको छ । ठोस निर्णयमा नपुगेपछि पुन: मंगलबार बिहान ९ बजे बस्ने गरि वार्ता सकिएको कांग्रेस महामन्त्री प्रकाशमान सिंहले जानकारी दिए ।
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Hindustan Times reports:
Optics plays a key role in diplomacy. And during his first visit to Nepal in August 2014, Modi had warmed more hearts in the land-locked Himalayan country wedged between India and China, than most would have imagined. "You should not think about the party but the country. Nepal needs a Constitution at the earliest," Modi had told both President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala then, in a tone that was consistent with his neighbourhood first policy. Modi had also conveyed what India expected in the new Constitution. "I request all political stakeholders to draft the Constitution by early next year as committed through consensus, which will reflect aspirations of all communities, including Madhesis, Pahadis and Maoists...," Modi had said.
There are any number of evidence, or instances that suggest that the Modi government was keen on bringing a new high in ties with Nepal. But a year on, New Delhi is battling a growing anti-India sentiment in Nepal, the reason for which is Indian empathy with the Madheshis and Tharus — communities that constitute 70% of the Terai population and who believe they got a raw deal in the new Constitution. For Nepali leaders, the way India has made its unhappiness known amounts to interference in the country's internal affairs.
Hindustan Times reports:
Since October external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup has consistently emphasised that "officially or unofficially there has been no blockade by India." But Nepal feel differently. "Blockade is a war-time word," reminds former Indian ambassador to Nepal Deb Mukherjee, and adds, "the problem is on the Nepal side of the border owing to which supplies of essential commodities have been hit."
Many feel, however, that India cannot simply wash off its hands by denying the blockade. "India has to dispel the feeling that there is a blockade. Any action that affects the common people of Nepal is not good for India. Neither is the feeling that India has been mounting such pressure on Nepal," says Yechury. As Chellaney points out, Nepal is symbiotically tied to India, yet Nepali nationalism usually takes the form of India baiting. China, for its part, has in the past decade significantly enlarged its footprint in Nepal. Meanwhile, India continues to engage with the Madhesi leaders. There is a view that if left unattended, the problem of Madhesis and others can create an ethnic strife that would be akin to the Tamil minority issue in Sri Lanka. There is, however, one key difference. "Don't forget whether it was MGR (MG Ramachandran) or Karunanidhi (Tamil Nadu leaders), they took a strident position on the Tamil nationalism, which played on the minds of the central government in Sri Lanka. But Bihar politicians are different in their attitude," contends Bhadrakumar.
While India can take up the issue of the Madhesis, it needs to be more subtle in its approach. "In a neighbourhood which has both India and China, all small countries naturally follow a policy of hedging," reminds Bhardrakumar. While Mukherjee feels that the way out of the current situation is that the two sides in Nepal talk to each other and find a solution to their problem, the challenge before the Indian government is how to address the sense of interference that has heightened the nationalistic rhetoric in Nepal. "Greater turmoil in the southern belt of Nepal will exacerbate India's security challenges," reminds Chellaney. In his address to the constituent assembly in Nepal in August 2014, Modi had said that "Nepal is a truly sovereign nation. We have always believed that it is not our job to interfere in what you do but to support you in the path you decide to take."
It is now time for India to engage with Nepal in a way that assures them of the sincerity of his words.
Nepal has accused India of enforcing a blockade on roads to Nepal through India. The blockade, they say, has stopped the flow of essential commodities to the country and brought untold miseries to the ordinary people. India has denied the charge. What remains unanswered, however, is why India failed to read the constitution-writing process right, and fell short in letting Kathmandu know its concerns in a more subtle, yet effective way. "This is a classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. Even before the new Constitution was passed, there were ample indications of what was to happen. We discussed this matter in the relevant Parliament committees too", says CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who played an important role in the peace process of Nepal not so long ago.
It seems from many accounts, that the Indian embassy in Kathmandu had been sending messages to the external affairs ministry about the need for a diplomatic intervention to press for an all-inclusive Constitution. But New Delhi was undecided on how to go about it. Finally, foreign secretary S Jaishankar was sent to Nepal as a special envoy, 37 hours before the new Constitution was to be promulgated. It was too late in the day. Dashing the foreign secretary across also left many counter-questions in its wake.
"Our foreign secretary is an able diplomat, but he is no Nepal expert. A political envoy, or an all-party team of Indian political leaders with well-established contacts in Nepal should have been dispatched," says Shashi Tharoor, a former minister and Congress MP who heads the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs. Alternately, why didn't India, with a Constitution that has been amended over a hundred times, show patience and wait for Nepal to roll out the new Constitution and address some of the concerns in due course?
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