01 August, 2021

Kathmandu Diary

What does India's interfence in domestic politics mean for Nepal? A lot, writes Kanak Mani Dixit

Kathmandu Diary
The Commentariat

New Delhi has a phalanx of experts observing the neighbours—Nepal-watchers, Bangladesh-watchers etc—and so the question, with all this ogling, why does India walk so regularly into the cross-border quicksand? One reason MEA-NSA-PMO get it wrong so often must be that the think-tanks and commentariat by and large form a fawning, ‘force-multiplying’ circle of applause.

For instance, there was uncompounded glee in the New Delhi papers last month when the outgoing government of PM Sher Bahadur Deuba cancelled a reservoir project (Budhi Gandaki) with China’s Gezhouba Group. But, utter ­silence prevailed a week later when another equally large project (West Seti) went to the China Three Gorges Corporation!

The Editorialist

It comes off as all too synchronised. Rather than the robust course of challenging South Block when necessary, the commentators sing in harmony, following the...

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