Despite the millions of requests by Nepalese who are ready to confront Indian interference to Nepal, Oli’s visit comes at a time when Nepal is struggling to get back to normal from the months-long Madhes agitation and unofficial Indian blockade that led to a fuel crisis, which crippled the Nepalese lives.
The Indian newspapers write, It was one of the warmest welcomes ever accorded to a Nepali prime minister by the Indian side in recent times. This clearly means there is something fluctuating on Oli’s rigidity.
Now Oli is somebody, Delhi doesn’t like, however Oli had played so many roles from the time when he started to be seen in politics to address the Indian interests over Nepal. His frequent visits with ‘RAW’ officials prove that. Even now he has led the initiative to apply the brakes on Delhi’s influence in Nepal politics, including a say in the Constitution making process over the past 10 years through a four-party agreement signed by top leaders of four parties—Nepali Congress, the Oli-led Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, the Maoists and the Madhesi Forum Loktantrik.
First, he made it clear that he will visit India only after the lifting of the ‘unofficial blockade’. At the same time, he also deployed his spokespersons to talk about the possibility of making Beijing his first port of call.
However, Oli has made a positive gesture towards India by saying he will constitute an expert committee to make recommendation on provincial boundaries , thereby acknowledging that Indian concern in Tarai are not completely out of place.
The schedule was on Democracy day which has no space so far in Nepalese Constitution. On the 7th day of the Nepali month of Falgun (February 19th of this year), Nepal celebrates Democracy Day. On February 19, before heading off to New Delhi, Oli attended a function in Kathmandu to mark Democracy Day. He is to attend another Democracy Day related function at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi.
Most of the critics say he has used China Card to make a smooth threat to India. However he has taken advantage of India’s nervousness regarding Beijing’s offers. First, he made it clear that he will visit India only after the lifting of the ‘unofficial blockade’. At the same time, he also deployed his spokespersons to talk about the possibility of making Beijing his first port of call. Nepal’s prime ministers have traditionally chosen India as their first foreign destination. Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda was an exception, but not long after the visit, he had to step down.
Oli has to clarify these acts from Indian Foundations and seek a type of permanent and never harming relations with Nepal. There have been so many unequal treaties and Oli either needs to dis mental them or make reviews on them.
There are several commitments by India and very few have come to an end. Even now India has expressed a written commitment to build nearly 1,700km long road a decade ago. Although construction works began in 2010 after the signing of a bilateral agreement in 2007, the project has failed to make progress due to negligence of the contractors.
“The Postal Road has been prioritized for the development of Tarai/Madhes by expanding road network.
Whether India directly aided in blocking trade to Nepal, it has a clear rationale for supporting the Madhesi, If the pro-Indian Madhesi can gain greater representation in Nepal’s parliament, India will have more influence over its northern neighbor. India must maximize its influence across the Indian subcontinent and hamper China’s penetration into Nepal and South Asia.
As usual the opposition will focus on how PM failed and Govt led parties will focus on how successful was the visit. The unhealthy competition lies within us.
However, the blockade has only intensified concern over China’s expanding influence because Chinese-owned companies stepped in to fill the oil shortages created by the blockade. In October, China granted Nepal 1.2 million liters of fuel for immediate use. Meanwhile, Nepal Oil Corp. and PetroChina both state-run companies signed a memorandum of understanding for future trade. If that preliminary document leads to a formal trade agreement, it would break India’s 40-year monopoly on Nepal’s oil imports. But now these memorandum has come to a shadow.
There is a question about Indian sentiment that why India hidden leads the political agitations and finalize the agitations by making commitments on physical infrastructures. India is a pure neighbor and should play only up to an advice. Oli has to clarify these acts from Indian Foundations and seek a type of permanent and never harming relations with Nepal. There have been so many unequal treaties and Oli either needs to dis mental them or make reviews on them. This would be the biggest and Important trait over patriotism of Nepalese people and he could be in the center of hope.
Finally everybody knows that India is a tough neighbor. Addressing India at the same time gaining popularity from Nepalese People have never been easy so far, which is proved by our historic steps. As usual the opposition will focus on how PM failed and Govt led parties will focus on how successful was the visit. The unhealthy competition lies within us. There are very few to support and criticize on the basis of pros and cons.