Has In­dia be­come suc­cess­ful in Doklam dis­pute?

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In­dia can­not fight with China at the present stage, even though, In­dia has cre­ated a dis­pute with China which is not for In­dia's own cause but on Bhutan's case. In­dia had wanted to move its mil­i­tary force in Bhutan and she got a clue to mo­bi­lize her mil­i­tary in the name of pro­tect­ing Bhutan's sovereignty. In­dia-China face-off in Doklam is strate­gi­cally im­por­tant for the In­dian lead­ers. Among the new gen­er­a­tion pop­u­la­tion in Bhutan, the anti-In­dian sen­ti­ment is grow­ing and they want to get rid of the strong in­flu­ence of In­dia. Also the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Bhutan are try­ing to end the In­dian hege­mony and also try­ing to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with China, Bhutan's im­me­di­ate neigh­bour, In­dia has mo­bi­lized mil­i­tary to stop Bhutan from go­ing out of In­dian hands. The Bhutani lead­ers and me­dia are keep­ing mum at the time when the me­dia and aca­demi­cians from In­dia and China are en­gaged in ver­bal war against each other. Bhutan-China re­la­tions: Sev­eral rounds of meet­ings have al­ready been held be­tween Bhutan and China and Bhutan is learnt to have ready to give up her claim with the hope of im­prov­ing re­la­tions with China. In re­ward, Bhutan is go­ing to get a big por­tion of dis­puted land claimed by both China and Bhutan, say ex­perts. The In­dian in­ten­tion: In re­al­ity, In­dia doesn't want a war in which she is go­ing to be de­feated, how­ever, In­dia wants to give a mes­sage to its pop­u­la­tion that In­dia can even chal­lenge China. This is an act to at­tract votes by the present rul­ing party in In­dia. By demon­strat­ing face-off with the Chi­nese mil­i­tary, In­dia has al­ready achieved her goals and now it is try­ing to find a clue for face-sav­ing. Cli­mate-wise also, the In­dian mil­i­tary can­not re­main in Doklam Plateau for more than one month as snow­fall is go­ing to start there. Lo­gis­tic sup­port for the In­dian troops can be chal­leng­ing for In­dia due to the poor con­nec­tiv­ity, whereas, from the Chi­nese side, there is strong con­nec­tiv­ity upto the bor­der points. There­fore, the In­dian troops are sure to re­turn soon. Les­son for Nepal: By vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional norms and even the UN Char­ter, the In­dian troops have en­tered in the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory. The In­dian troops have en­tered in Bhutan in the name of safe­guard­ing Bhutan's sovereignty. In the 70s, In­dia had an­nexed sov­er­eign coun­try Sikkim. From such acts, Nepal should take lessons about the real in­ten­tion of In­dia. Nepal is pass­ing through decades of tran­si­tional pe­riod which is be­cause of West­ern-In­dian in­ter­ven­tion in Nepal. In­dia had spon­sored the Nepali Maoists to desta­bi­lize Nepal. In­dia has been able to es­tab­lish an In­di­a­pup­pet gov­ern­ment here. The In­dian plan is to keep Nepal un­der the Bhutani sta­tus, which our lead­ers,

in­tel­lec­tu­als and aca­demi­cians have to un­der­stand. There­fore, Nepal should seek ways for eco­nomic pros­per­ity by join­ing hands with China and by re­duc­ing Nepal's sole de­pen­dency on In­dia. Eco­nomic pros­per­ity will strengthen es­sen­tial or­gans needed to run a na­tion state, which is im­por­tant to strengthen na­tional sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence. There are two choices left for the Nepalis – one, de­vel­op­ing eco­nomic part­ner­ship with China and mak­ing a pros­per­ous Nepal, an­other is de­vel­op­ing fur­ther al­liance with In­dia and trans­form­ing Nepal into Bhutan and even at the worst case, mak­ing an­other Sikkim!

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