19 January, 2021

Cloak & Kukri

Nepal is a complex tangle with the King, India and Maoists making deft moves Updates

Cloak & Kukri
For long perceived as the region's big bully with nefarious intentions, last week's twin developments bolstered the image most Nepalis have of India: it publicly supports democratic forces but winks at regimes attempting to stamp them out. At the heart of the controversy was the audio-visual tape the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) released establishing links between the Indian government and the Maoists. And then, came the news about the meeting between CPI(M) boss Prakash Karat and Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai in New Delhi.

Though Karat later denied having met Bhattarai, sources say the meeting did take place, albeit without the assistance of intelligence agencies. These sources told Outlook that Bhattarai was to meet CPI leader A.B. Bardhan in the week following May 12. "But the meeting," they claim, "didn't take place due to technical reasons." These claims and denials apart, just about everyone believes that, in a display of running with the hare and hunting with the hound, New Delhi was hosting Bhattarai even though his party—the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or...


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