24 January, 2021

Chopped Sticks

China ups the ante, looks to cut India’s influence in the Himalayan state

Reuters (From Outlook, October 04, 2010)
Chopped Sticks
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Dragons On The Prowl

  • 21 visits by Chinese bigwigs in less than three years
  • Sees the Tibetan monasteries in Nepal as a cockpit of conspiracies, and playing India’s games
  • JVs floated in hospitality sector
  • Successfully bids for hydro projects, till now India’s preserve
  • Warns India and the European Union about interfering in Nepal
  • Forges links with political parties other than the Maoists too

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When former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited Nepal in November ’08, he drove straight from the airport to the  Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, popularly known as Seto Gumba, throwing into a tizzy his security personnel who were blissfully unaware of his sudden whimsy. Kalam wanted to discuss with the abbot, Chokyi Nyima Rimpoche, the role Buddhism could play in mitigating hunger and hatred, the two causes of past and future conflicts. Kalam subsequently emerged from...

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