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Op-Ed: Nepal's Deteriorating Home, Defense and Foreign Policy

October 14, 2009

By D.R. Prasai in Kathmandu, Op-Ed Contributor
October 13, 2009

Since 1990, Nepali congress government has been trying to change
Nepalese foreign policy to one sided, though previously it was quite
balanced. After the popular movement of 2005, the home, defence and
foreign policy of Nepal has completely failed.

The Pro-Indian foreign policy has caused a crisis on the existence of
Nepal. Bhutan borders with China and India has always been against
the friendly bilateral relationship between China and Bhutan. Bhutan
is protected by India. Nepal also borders with China. India does not
wish there to be a friendly bilateral relationship between Nepal and
China. Indian leaders frequently visit Nepal. But if any Chinese
leader visits Nepal, it becomes a headache for India. India wants
Nepal under its control.

After the establishment of democracy in Nepal, nationalists protested
against unequal treaty of 1950 (made by India) and the Delhi
agreement. Nepalese people protesting against Delhi Agreement were
accused of being communists. The Communist Party was also banned with
same issue. Later in 1956, King Mahendra lifted the ban on the
Communist Party. Even after the general election of 1958-59, India
did not abandon exhibiting its bad intensions towards Nepal. As the
existence of Nepal was endangered, King Mahendra dissolved the
Parliament in 1960 and safeguarded the Nepalese nationality. If the
King was not there, Nepal may have ceased to exist.

On the initiation of King Mahendra, Indian army check posts that were
kept for security after Delhi Agreement were sent back from northern
Nepal. India could not speak because Nepal had very good
relationships with China and other world powers. Indeed, Nepalese
monarch and northern neighbour China have contributed to saving Nepal.

Initially, India was afraid of communists. Due to Chinese terror,
India started to use communists. Nepalese communists, being whatever
revolutionary, could not get rid of India game. It is said former
premier Man Mohan Adhikari was being paid on the name of freedom
fighter of India.

India understood that Nepali communists can be used in favour of
India. After 1990's popular movement, as Congress and UML rose to
government, India found a way to interfere in Nepal. But only leader
Madan Bhandari of UML protested the Indian imposition. India thought
him a barrier and after his murder, India was happy again.

Still as India could not do as it wanted with Congress and UML, then
in 2005 India convinced the Maoists and now India is free for naked
interference. The intensions of RAW and CIA were unified to destroy
United China in the name of Free Tibet since the beginning of 2000.
In between, Nepal is entrapped. India always tries to maintain its
supremacy either in non-aligned foreign policy or in SAARC. So, Nepal
needs to resign from non-aligned policy and SAARC.

Chinese are simple and they understand things slowly. Due to this
delayed understanding by China, Nepal is in a difficult situation.
The strategic unification of RAW and CIA in this region is a
dangerous indicator for China and Nepal. Therefore China should
openly come out to protest the conspiracy of imperialists against
Nepal. Chinese communist leader Mao Ze Dong, never took the
confidence of Nepali communists. He was in favour of the Nepalese
monarch because the monarch always fought against imperialists.

Now India is trying to capture Nepal by behaving like an Ostrich with
China, being broker of US and UN, and using so-called Nepalese
political parties. Even in 1989, India tried to capture Nepalese
foreign, defence and home policies by terrorizing then King Birendra
with popular movements. India tried to confuse King Gyanendra with
expectation to control the movement of 2005. However India was
unsuccessful in doing so. Apart from surrendering to foreigners, King
Gyanendra happily handed over power to the Nepalese people.

India constructed a 40 km long tunnel investing billions of rupees
between Jammu and Srinagar valley. But Kashmiris did not favour
India. We know, India has invested huge aid in every field but
because of the ill-intentions of the Indians, anti-Indian sentiment
is increasing day by day.

If Indian interests in Nepal are like that of Bhutan and Sikkim,
India won't be safe. It is because terrorism can be institutionalized
in this situation which will be harmful to India. Therefore we warn
India to correct itself from such blunders. The Indian interest is to
make Nepalese defence and foreign policy in accordance with India's
needs. Since 2006, Nepal has been guided by pro-India party leaders.

After the downfall of the Maoist led government in May 2009, two
women, defence minister (UML) and foreign minister (daughter of
Girija), who have no diplomatic capabilities, both are pro-Indian. It
seems this could be a strategy to surrender Nepalese foreign and
defence policy to India. If you see a list of ambassadors of Nepal to
be sent to friend country, you will find smugglers, murderers and
criminals who have no idea of foreign affairs. Therefore Nepalese
foreign policy is at a shameful status at the international level.

After 1990, Nepalese people never became free, although they were
called sovereign. As the King was separated from sovereignty, in 1974
in Sikkim, under the leadership of Lendup Dorji, Sikkim parliament
decided to unify with India on 10 April 1975. Similarly in Nepal,
using Girija Prasad (former PM), Madhav nepal (PM) and a few Maoists,
India is trying to capture Nepal.

The factors behind failed foreign policy of Nepal are betrayer
leaders of Nepal and ever continuing interference by India. India is
always involved in a conspiracy to shrink Nepal. Nepal is situated in
between China in the north and India in the south, east and west,
with a 1880 km border. The border is open.

Due to this, India is always engaged in attacking Nepalese territory
and also some Indian citizens commit crime in Nepal and hide in
India. Indians enter Nepal with small and large scale business and
ultimately demand Nepalese citizenship.

In 2006, 4 million Indians succeed in taking Nepalese citizenship.
Being landlocked country Nepal must have transportation facility in
accordance to international treaties and traditions. But India
violated it and wants to control over Nepal.

The Late King Prithvi Narayan Shah is a creator of Nepal. The
Nepalese monarch established fighting against imperialist power. In
order to remain protected in between China and India, even in those
times Prithvi Narayan Shah preached (1768) - 'Nepal is just like a
Yam (tuber) between the two stones'.

We are sandwiched between giant India and China. So, we are bound to
have a balanced understanding between them. The nation builder had
preached us the same fact. "Establish good and amicable relations
with China, have relations with the emperor of south understanding
well that he is very clever. If the investors from foreign (India)
come to Nepal, they will make our people poorer.

Indeed, the ideology of Prithvi Narayan Shah is immortal. Therefore
the monarch of Nepal made an incredible contribution to save the country.

India was being destroyed by Muslims for some 800 years. For 200
years, India was attacked by English imperialism in the name of East
India Company. They had clear intension to demolish Hinduism and
establish imperialism in this region. Communists do not believe in
religion. JNU is popular for producing Extreme Leftists.

It was Indian Congress government and policy makers like SD Muni who
not only assisted but funded Nepal Maoists to wage a war against
Hinduism. However Prithvi Narayan was only one who protested it. He
raised the Nepalese flag, maintained originality of Himbatkhand and
unified the great Nepal. From the beginning of the Prithvi Narayan
Shah Regime in 1868, the balanced Nepalese relationship with China
and India was maintained by every King till 2005.

Nepalese Kings were never afraid of imperial powers. Nepalese Kings
never sold the country in any crisis. The balanced foreign policy and
patronization of nationality is due to the combined effort of King
and people of Nepal. Nepal's foreign policy is focused to get rid of
Indian conspiracy. If the foreign policy of a country fails that
means the sovereignty of the country can be finished. Therefore the
nationalist Nepalese people along with the King should stand up on
one side so that Indian interference can be protested.

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former Member of Parliament in Nepal, who
writes from Kathmandu. Contact him through NewsBlaze.
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