Potentials and hurdles in India-Nepal Relations

    Date : 13-Jun-2014
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June 13, 2014, IPF Seminar Hall
 
Shri Amresh Singh, Sh. RNP Singh, Smt. Sandhya Jain, Syed Faesal Ali, Dr. Rajiv Nayan, Sh. Manmohan Sharma, Sh. Dinesh Kumar, Sh. Amresh Kumar, Dr. Rahul Singh, Ms. Priya Sharma, Ms. Mamta Tripathi, Vishal Tiwari and Navneet
 
 
As close neighbors, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation characterized by open borders and deep-rooted people–to–people contacts of kinship and culture. There has been a long tradition of free movement of people across the borders. In keeping with the tradition of regular high level exchange of visits between India and Nepal, Nepalese Prime Minister Shri Sushil Koirala, accompanied by a high– level delegation, attended the swearing–in ceremony of Shri Narendra Modi as the new Prime Minister of India, on 26th May 2014. Other visits from Nepal to India in the recent past include visit by Nepalese M.P. Mr. Amresh Singh.
 
Mr. Amresh Singh met the Indian Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 12 June, 2014 and discussed various issues. After meeting the P.M., he expressed his desire to meet scholars at IPF. In his speech at IPF on ‘the Nepal Politics and Constitutional Crisis,’ Mr. Singh said that the Nepal politics is going through a critical phase and its constitutional crisis still exists and we are yet to achieve the solution and consensus on the issue. He also mentioned that on behalf of the leaders of Nepal, he has requested the Prime Minister to visit Nepal-one of the most trusted partners of India. It is important to ensure that the cultural and economic partnership of India and Nepal is valued and the negligence in last one decade is not repeated.
 
Presenting his views, he humbly accepted that India-Nepal relationship in last one decade has been in a highly damaging state and China took advantage of that disregard. China has entered not only in the economic policy making system but also it is damaging and fabricating the culture and values of the country. It has entered with a long term planning and sponsoring bureaucrats to visit China in the format of training programmes. There are other serious damaging programmes run by China to bring Nepal closer to its power and disconnect Indian and Nepalese roots.

 
Commenting on the Nepal’s constitutional crisis, Mr. Amresh Singh showed confidence in charting and promulgating Nepal's constitution within one year. There are favourable circumstances and visit and partnership of India will help us in reaching our goals to make our nation more matured.
 
He also presented and discussed about his concerns of cultural corrosion due to European excessive intervention. He mentioned that Kathmandu circle used to have not more than 10 churches in the region a decade before, however it has crossed 400 only in the last 10 years. There is a designed effort and action in damaging the culture and value fabric of Nepal by the European nations. He said that we are against that and we will fight to restore our heritage and culture.