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

Kathmandu Diary
Kathmandu Diary
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2017-12-16T11:40:01+05:30

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!

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