Is it diplomatically correct?

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WM Correspondent

In his Nepal visit three months back, Indian premier Narendra Modi was able to impress the Nepali people with his charismatic personality and hypnotic speech.

He is again coming to Kathmandu to attend the 18th SAARC Summit to be held on November 26-27.

Even though the state/government heads of other member countries are also coming to participate in the event, the media publicity regarding the arrival of Modi is simply intense.

It is so as he is taking an unusual step of using the land route instead of airplane to reach Janakpur before coming to Kathmandu.

He is scheduled to visit the Janaki Temple there for worshipping apart from making a trip to Lumbini as well.

In fact, Modi is also supposed to receive civic felicitation and make public speech in Janakpur and Lumbini.  And, this has drawn controversy as to whether allowing him to so do will be diplomatically correct.

Interacting face-to-face with common Nepali people is certainly better for any Indian premier to get closer to them rather than dictating the daily affairs of Nepal furtively.

However, there are also valid fears such leeway to Modi might set a bad precedent in the country's diplomacy. "The proposed public speech by him can well propel other foreign leaders to do so which may eventually prove inimical to the national interest of Nepal," fear some experts.

It is suspected that the visit of Modi to Janakpur is not only for worshipping shrines but also to augment India’s traditional influence in the southern plains. This suspicion can be termed completely irrational Since India has already used the Terai card to fulfill its vested interest vis-à-vis Nepal.     


Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 7:06 pm


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