Bridg­ing the Po­lit­i­cal Gap

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Pres­i­dent of Nepal, Ram Baran Ya­dav re­cently met with the Com­merce Min­is­ter of In­dia, Anand Sharma in New Delhi to strengthen bi­lat­eral busi­ness ties. Ya­dav also held meet­ings with In­dian Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee and In­dian For­eign Min­is­ter Sal­man Khur­shid. In ad­di­tion, the Nepalese Pres­i­dent also held del­e­ga­tion-level talks with Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh in an at­tempt to bridge the po­lit­i­cal gap be­tween New Delhi and Kath­mandu.

Nepal is fac­ing a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis af­ter the Con­stituent As­sem­bly missed a dead­line to for­mu­late a new con­sti­tu­tion. Both Nepal and In­dia en­joy a flour­ish­ing trade re­la­tion­ship where the former de­pends on In­dia for trade and sup­plies of food and fuel.

Pre­vi­ously, the two coun­tries made ef­forts in re­duc­ing their po­lit­i­cal gap how­ever, no sub­stan­tial re­sults bore fruit. Al­beit a sim­i­lar Hindu cul­ture pre­vail­ing in both the coun­tries may bring them closer but bor­der dis­putes have cre­ated a stand­off in the past. In this re­gard, the Nepalese Pres­i­dent’s visit to In­dia ush­ers hope in re­build­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ships and eas­ing ten­sions to flour­ish trade ac­tiv­i­ties.

Although both coun­tries have been trad­ing part­ners for long, the po­lit­i­cally com­bustible sit­u­a­tion of Nepal has dis­tanced it from forg­ing close ties with In­dia.

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