Skip to comments.Nepal: Indian worry over increasing Chinese influence
Posted on 10/31/2007 12:46:55 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Not so many people know as to what happened on the evening of October 10, last month.
The Nepalese population remained unaware that on that fateful evening, some Nepali leaders were taken to task by none less than Dr. Shyam Saran (honorary doctoral degree awarded by Nepals Yechury University which received affiliation with the South Block in India) for his grand contribution in weakening this Himalayan nation since he was posted as Ambassador of India to this country some five years back.
The leaders who were taken to task were none less than Comrade Prachanda and Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai.
If what Dristi weekly has printed in its October 16 edition is to be believed then what comes to the fore is that Saran not only snubbed the two fire brand Maoist leaders but also admonished them both not to proceed with the idea of ignoring the Indian dictates or else, according to Saran, the party of the ex-rebels will have to face severe consequences.
The main concern for the Indian national was the Maoists presumed new found love for the Chinese establishment ignoring the Indian preferences.
Saran also told the Maoists duo that the party of the Maoists which was lifted to the interim parliament without facing the elections and that too in a sizeable numerical strength must not and should not ignore the Indian security interests in Nepal by encouraging its parliamentarians to increase the Chinese influence in the party and in the country as well.
Saran who during the meet with the Maoists leaders in Naya bazaar looked pretty restive said that his country have had to bring about a sort of minor change in how to treat the Maoists when the ex-rebels have been seen tilting towards the Chinese establishment.
Dristi says that while Saran was scolding the Nepals Maoist leaders, the two top-hats of the ex-rebels remained quiet and listened to Sarans lectures as disciplined students.
Thanks that the Nepali ego was there for all to see. (See Picture)
Comrade Prachanda though seemed perturbed but then yet sat in his chair with comfort and significantly hinted Saran that he was not a diplomat for him. A mere friend only from India. Thats all.
Prachandas easy sitting was perhaps a befitting Nepali reply to Saran.
Nevertheless, Comrade Bhattarai looked pretty reserved for he apparently treated Saran as a diplomat and acted accordingly.
By and by, it appears that India is pretty nervous with the increasing Chinese influence in Nepal. Analysts say that the Chinese have a policy of looking at the things quietly which is what is called quiet diplomacy.
Yet another set of analysts say that the Chinese influence must grow in order to neutralize the overwhelming Indian influence in Nepal that is there for all to see.
Should then we presume that China and India have come face-to-face in Nepal? Perhaps yes! The dance of the Dragon and the Elephant, as said recently by the New Chinese Ambassador Zheng Xianglin will definitely have its profound impact on Nepal and its foreign policy conduct in the immediate future.
The theory of equidistance if has become outdated then a new theory replace the old one which should be that of equi-proximity.
Looking at these fresh Maoists political overtures and the Indian restiveness because of the Maoists changed stances vis-à-vis India of late, it is for sure that the Maoists have already opted the equi-proximity style for the conduct of the partys relations with India and China.
The Chinese too obviously have their own sort of security interests in Nepal and they have every right to safeguard their interests, if any, in this India-locked country. The message should be loud and clear to India.
These same idiots who were praising maoists for their commitment to “democracy” are now concerned about global communist influence.
Well, what were they expecting?
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