28 September, 2020

The Marked Of The Twain

Nepal's youth tend to be more openly anti-Indian but for the most part, many of them say they're hostile to officialdom and the Delhi media, not individuals.

The Marked Of The Twain
As a Canadian, I've more than an inkling of how Nepalis feel about India. I too come from a land with a small population, cheek by jowl with a neighbour not just larger, but louder, richer, far more well-armed and aggressive. No matter how hard you try to live with the noise from across the fence, you're bound to be affected. As a citizen of the smaller neighbour, you take comfort from imperceptible things like the success of fellow countrymen who've "gone south to the big time". There's an almost painful adherence to politeness and quiet courtesy, at least compared to neighbouring habits. You relish the way your native land is well-regarded by third countries, when it's regarded at all. A Nepali sports official once told me: "Others find the Indians difficult to work with, very sticky and quick to take offence. We're not like that, so we get the good international jobs."

Yet none of this helps explain the violent reaction to the non-comments by Hrithik Roshan. A government inquiry is looking into the affair but a full, frank explanation of events isn't likely. And the...


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