June 13, 2006

Time To Consider Nepal’s Merger With India

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Contributed by Dipankar Biswas

Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s four-day visit to New Delhi last week has triggered considerable enthusiasm among Indians over an upturn in bilateral ties. Indeed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to break with protocol and go to the airport to receive the guest underscored India’s willingness to take bilateral relations to new heights. Koirala, moreover, is among the rare Nepalese leaders who have remained a true friend of India regardless of whether his Nepali Congress party has been in power or in the opposition.

The Nepalese premier has returned home with pledges of Rs.1,000 crore in short- and long-term Indian assistance. After arriving in Kathmandu, Koirala stressed the “special” relations Nepal enjoys with India as well as the urgency of involving New Delhi in the resolution of the Maoist conflict and in the long-term reconstruction of Nepal.

What India must recognize is that such sentiments are far from universally shared by Nepalese politicians or people. Mainstream communist parties, which cautioned the premier against signing any controversial deals in Delhi, have expressed concern over the “concessions”
India must have extracted in exchange for its munificence.

Maoist Chairman Prachanda has described Koirala’s visit as part of a wider Indian conspiracy against the Nepalese people. No matter what India does, there are enough people in Nepal who see ulterior motives in New Delhi’s policies. Indian leaders must avoid the temptation to apologize for any real or perceived slight to Nepal. Bigger countries can be magnanimous, but such sentiments will amount to little as long as the smaller partner refuses to see it as such.

The Indian government must craft a policy on Nepal that places our national interests at the core. The massive rally the Maoists organized earlier this month in Kathmandu has proved that they can no longer be marginalized. The Nepalese rebels’ ideological and operational ties with Indian Naxals have been sufficiently established by events. The mainstreaming of the Nepalese rebels would be an important way of resolving the Naxal problem, which Prime Minister Singh and others have described as the most serious internal security challenge India has confronted since independence.

However, any attempt to bring the Nepalese Maoists into the political mainstream while the rebels still carry arms must be strenuously avoided. Through enough political carrots – such as participation in an interim government – and military pressure, the rebels can be brought into a broader and durable peace process.

The retention of a constitutional monarchy in Nepal would be in the overall interest of India. King Gyanendra may have grossly miscalculated by throwing in his lot with China after his seizure of full executive powers last year. Clearly, that policy could be ascribed more to his ill-intentioned advisers, many of whom have established a record of rabid anti-Indianism to fulfill their political ambitions.

King Gyanendra’s close family and social ties with former royal households of India, his contacts with Indian business leaders built during his years as prince-businessman, and the mixture of political, security, economic and commercial realities that define his overall outlook on Nepal’s place in South Asia make him a natural friend of India. Even in a secular Nepal, the king would retain enough influence among Hindus of all ages that would continue to predispose the Nepalese toward a healthy partnership with India.
Indeed, the ultimate decision on whether to retain the monarchy or establish are republic lies with the Nepalese people.

Considering that the monarchy is at the nadir of its popularity, India’s must brace itself for a vote in favor of a republic. Meanwhile, India must need to focus attention on one feature that has largely been ignored in contemporary discussions. In recent weeks, there has been a transformation in thinking among a small but potentially influential section of Nepalese society vis-à-vis India. With the monarchy rapidly losing its influence and the mainstream political parties having reverted to their propensity for infighting, the Maoists have made considerable inroads.

For the aforementioned group of Nepalese, the prospect of a life in a Maoist-led state is becoming menacingly close. While no one has come forth with a proposal for a formal association with India, this alternative is figuring high in private conversations and social engagements. Doubtless, India’s incorporation of the former kingdom of Sikkim continues to inflame passions among most Nepalese. At the same time, there is growing appreciation of how the Sikkimese people have benefited through the merger with India.

While encouraging a peaceful and stable transition to constituent assembly elections in Nepal, India must prepare for the possibility of a Maoist takeover should the Nepalese vote in favor of a republic. The Maoists have shrewdly used the mainstream opposition parties in their final assault against the royal regime. The Maoist rank and file considers the republican agenda its own and is against any association with the mainstream parties.

With the monarchy out of the way, the Maoists would certainly begin to marginalize the mainstream parties and eventually decimate them. A Maoist takeover of Nepal would pose an enormous security threat to India, where extreme leftist groups are waging war in at least 13 states.

India must vigorously oppose the intervention of any third country or the United Nations in Nepalese affairs. China would not oppose an exclusively Indian initiative in Nepal once Beijing is sufficiently assured of the diminution and eventual end of American influence in the country.

India’s rapid economic growth, emergence as a major regional power, prospect of gaining a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, among other things, has inspired respect among the aforesaid group of Nepalese. The globalization of Indian society and culture along with the internal harmonization of disparate groups into one nation is increasingly being appreciated in Nepal.

Ultimately, India should prepare itself and the Nepalese people to accept the country as one of its states in a federal setup. Defense, currency, communication, vital transport, federal court and external affairs shall be retained by New Delhi and all other jurisdictions shall be conferred on the state of Nepal. Let this forward-looking agenda compete with the Maoists’ ideology of death and destruction.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think the best time for india to annex nepal is approaching.specially after the madhesh movemnt where people have not been give identity since 238 years .there is a regoinal conflict between 40% pahadi and 60 % madheshi people . the have been debarred from all government posts and many have not been granted citizenships as well.(aprox 60 lakhs).these terai people speak hindi and maithli are indigenous residents od nepal.although they are termed as indian and the hate indian feeling predominates due to which in the hritik roshan event all the terai people were badly beaten up.indians have been given a term "dhoti" by so called pahadi or the real nepalis of nepal.prasant tamang was nominated as indian idol just because of nepali votes from all over despite being an indian and he is treated as international nepali idol in nepal.this is one of the greatest dislikes to terai people where they have to prove again and again their faithfulness to the country and being nationalistic.my father when he went for a loan was told by the bank official that your people are asking for a different country go there and do business,and his loan was cancelled.
bhutanese people and tibetan people have become more acceptable in nepali society because of their pahadi face and assiing a title of popular nepalese like shrestha and pradhan.whereas terai people are rendered as half breeds and runaways from india.forget about the common citizens of terai even the great madheshi leaders like hridesh tripathi are remarked by prachanda as saying "yo nepali ho ki hoina , bichar garnu parcha" imagine the stand of a terai person in this scenario.where does he belong to? the main problem of terai peole is the lack of identity.the pahadi people expect them to be nationalistic and to speak nepali whereas when speaking maithli or abadhi are termed as infiltrants from bihar.if u respect someone's culture your culture is respected to .the polticians of pahad know that they will not win in terai so they are fuelling this madhesh versus terai feeling bu vompletely ignoring the legitimate demands od the people by saying that all their demand are met.and they will conduct elections even if they have to use military support and arms.girija prasad says that if india cooperates this problem can be solved in seconds . i wonder what does he want to do..create genocide in the terai using indian army..lets suppose india listens to the request and does this .it will be its worst mistake bacause peole of terai and people in bihar and UP are blood relatives they indeed cannot see theit kins die on the other side .india will also burn then.what i see in current grounds is that either
1.terai will become independent.
2.terai will become a state of india .
3.india will annex nepal like it did to sikkim.
4.pahad and terai will be distributed among india and china respectively.
5.ethnic violences between pahadis and madheshi's would rise to such extent that it will become an interational political arena.UN benifiting the most.

6.or this insensitive pahadi political parties would adress the supressed terai people be
*giving the the pride of calling themselves nepali.(giving identity)
*giving them more representaion in army,police,govt-jobs and other national stages.
*decentralising the wealth that comes as aid to the impoverished brother and sisters in terai who are dalits,tharus,mushar,jhakad,mandals
ethnic janjatis-rajputs,bramhans(indo-aryans) etc.
*stop agitating them by making irresposible statements..
*stop treating them as foreigners for then there is no nationalistic feelng and even a terai person becomes more faithful to india thinking that he is secure with their sides.
then everone will be happy .no foreign intervention at all.

Anonymous said...

nepal is independent before india. the country where you resides that you want it to become a part of india..SHAME ON YOU...I LOVE MY NEPAL
IT IS MY MOTHERLAND AND NO ONE CAN TAKE CONTROL OF IT..WE FIGHT TILL LAST DROP OF BLOOD TO SECURE OUR INDEPENDENCE..WE ARE GHORKHALI...WE DON;T FEAR TO DIE..

BUT THIS DOESN'T SAY THAT WE HATE INDIA..WE RESPECT INDIA BUT WE DON'T WANT INDIA TO DISTURB OUR BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN US..
YAP THERE IS SOME BAD RULERS WHO TREAT BAD TO MADHESIS..BUT NOW THEY HAVE GONE..MADHESIS ARE OUR BROTHER AND SISTERS..INDIA IS TRYING TO PLAY MADHESI CARD IN NEPAL..BUT WE ARE AWARE OF THIS..SOME PEOPLE WANTS TO TAKE BENEFIT FROM THIS..BUT WE WILL CHASE THEM..

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Anonymous said...


HOW DARE YOU talk about Merger of Nepal, You Asshole. I DARE YOU, Keep your Photo ONLINE.

And forget the Madhesis, you MF are taking Citizenship and exploiting the resources of My Country through Politics, it won't be long before we chase you out of our Holy Land. So much for 60% Madhesis, you Assholes, mind you, Merger of Nepal WILL be the beginning of the Disintegration of India.

Hail Nepal

Anonymous said...


Kashmir belongs to Pakistan.

Darjeeling, Sikkim, Shimla, etc belong to Nepal.

Pakistan Zindabad
Nepal Zindabad

Anonymous said...

> i think the best time for india to annex nepal is approaching

What you *think* DOES NOT MATTER, you Bitch.

> specially after the madhesh movemnt where people have not been give identity since 238 years .there is a regoinal conflict between 40% pahadi and 60 % madheshi people

After you Bitches Blast Bombs on regular basis, do you expect us to kiss your Ass?????

You Bitches should be kicked out of here, ONLY those Terai people who FEEL Patriotic to Nepal are Nepali, ONLY they should be allowed to stay in Nepal.

> then everone will be happy .no foreign intervention at all.

FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE, WHAT exactly do YOU know about My Country??

Vice-President = Madhesi
Former Deputy-Prime Minister = Madhesi

You Madhesis have occupied heavy place in the Cabinet, and WHAT do you Madhesis do???

You ASSHOLES SELL the Passport for MONEY. What have you Indians Immigrants given to Nepal?????

You ASSHOLES DO NOT represent the TRUE MADHESI people, ONLY TRUE MADHESIS ARE WELCOME HERE, NOT IMMIGRATING INDIANS.

All you Immigrants are PAIN in our Ass, GET OUT.

Hail NEPAL

Indian Subcontinent as One Nation said...

This new federal government under Modi will surely in its 5-year term do something in this regard.

Next 5 years shall be crucial in our attempt to annex Nepal. We must get that region under our territory before the Chinese penetrate too deep in it. That's ours and we must not hesitate to capture it. Even if it means that we butcher all pro-Chinese so-called patriotic Nepalis, we must surely go ahead with the annexation of Nepal in the next 5 years.

Nepal will be India in the next 5 years, I'm telling you. We must set 50 years as deadline to integrate the whole Indian Subcontinent into a single Indian Union. And Nepal's annexation should be the first step towards this ultimate goal!

Anonymous said...

The Anschluss of Nepal with INDIA cannot be prevented
The Indian army will march into Nepal and occupy it completely.

There are more than 5 million Indians in the Indian army today and we will
ANNEX Nepal to India.