Insurgency in northeast also owes its support base to South Asian neighbours. Narendra Modi’s recent
appears as a typical synthesis of Nehurvian vision and Atal Behari Vajpayee’s
confident sparkle in the Indian Prime Minister, and thus could a go a long way in helping curb insurgency. Nepal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
visit sought to achieve a few multi-dimensional goals for . One primary aspect would be to regain some of the ground lost by New Delhi in recent
years in pursuing the Indian diplomatic path especially in neighbourhood and
guiding the national security policy. India
The favourable press that Modi got both within
and in the Himalayan nation has even left his detractors amused. India
The Congress lawmaker in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from
Bengal admitted in the floor of the House that Indian Prime
Minister is ‘expert in mustering appreciation’. But as the Congress MP too
asked, is the laudatory comments about his two-day visit all that well
In other words, it is time a real time and objective stock taking is done about
Modi’s two-day visit to a country that makes it a point to maintain equally cordial relationship with
his agenda, but, Modi is already being described as a visionary. He is also being
compared with Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the father of foreign policy for post-1947 China . India
One enthusiastic observer in
wrote in no unambiguous words, “Modi’s dreams are big, centred
around the idea of bringing back the Asian dominance of the 16th-17th
This is little far-fetched and just being going overboard.
However, Modi’s focused South Asian approach is deservedly creditable.
The policy of ‘development and friendship offensive’ undertaken by the Modi regime in
South Asia is seen as a game-changer and
aimed at building a new emerging block.
Prime Minister Modi has made his intentions clear about working together with BRICS and also
and other Asian countries to
redefine how the global economy will be shaped over the next 20 years. Japan
So what has Modi’s visit achieved?
The mere goodwill generated being seen on the face value is no mean achievement. Moreover, putting aside recent past skirmishes, even established anti-India players in
like the Maoist leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda and Baburam
Bhattarai had lauded Modi’s visit and his address to the constituent
In fact, Baburam Bhattarai, Maoist ideologue and former PM, tweeted Modi had won the ‘hearts and minds’ with his ‘magical address’.
|With Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda|
Indian diplomats also said that Modi has appealed to both the hearts and minds, this is something that Nepalis would remember for a long time.
Besides the series of agreements reached between two sides about cooperation in power sector, granting of one billion dollar line of credit by India to Nepal and construction of a motorable bridge over the Mahakali River, is Modi’s ability to fire the imagination of Nepali population that they too can dream about a change and that change will come with their own efforts.
Modi creditably lived up to his reputation of doing plain speaking and made it absolutely clear that New Delhi would prefer a friendly tie but ‘would not interfere in internal matters’ of Nepal. This would bring in a salutary impact as over the years the alleged ‘big brother’ approach had made
very unpopular with Nepali civil population and also the political class. India
When Leaders of Madhesi parties, outfits of Indian origin people, asked Modi if he would support their proposals to create separate electorates based on ethnicity Prime Minister’s Modi categorical assertion that
Constitution should bind ’s
people together was a masterstroke. Nepal
It strongly hinted that
India would favour electorates (in Nepal and ) divided by geography, not
Despite suggestions, Modi declined to meet up King Gyanendra – implying that the world’s largest democracy true to the sentiments of common Nepalis was not in favour of
returning to monarchy either. Nepal
Nepal, importantly, also offered assistance in security measures and also assured Indian side Nepali soil will not be used for anything inimicable to Indian interests. This is a win-win pointer.
But the taste of the cake is in its eating. Therefore, Modi and his government in
will have to walk the talk. On the other hand, on its part, New Delhi is to
synchronise well with Modi’s vision of friendship and development. Nepal
For a change, Modi as Indian Prime Minister did not play a benevolent elder brother. The absence of tone of patronage would help build mutual trust particularly with a valiant community like Nepalis (or Gorkhalis) who are honorable people in their own rights.
sojourn of Indian Prime Minister, in the ultimate analysis, is thus only a proof that
Narendra Modi is very ambitious person. He has displayed much of an assertive
touch. Thus, we find there is a typical synthesis of Nehurvian vision and Atal
Behari Vajpayee’s confident sparkle in Modi. Like Nehru, he has set a big
agenda before his eyes trying to draw a long term plan about Nepal in the
comity of nations and like Vajpayee, he is disinclined to compromise. Well
The dialogue that Narendra Modi has pursued with Nepali leadership and the road map he crafted, therefore, could be a reward as both a means and an end. Any takers?