Bridging the Political Gap
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.