In­dia snubs Nepal, new part­ner in CPEC and progress in Korean penin­sula

People's Review - - COMMENTARY - N.P. UPADHYAYA (Telegraph Nepal edi­tor@ tele­graph­

Nepal's For­eign Min­is­ter Pradip Ku­mar Gyawali has been say­ing that his coun­try must air the gains that have been achieved over these years at the UN gen­eral As­sem­bly so that Nepal's achieve­ments gets dis­sem­i­nated in the world at a go. Un­real ex­cite­ment that it is. How­ever, ob­servers re­main askance as to what were the gains worth dis­sem­i­nat­ing? The Nir­mala Pant Rape case and the grue­some mur­der that fol­lowed and the acid at­tack on Samjhana Das who also died later? Or the heroic deeds of the Pappu con­struc­tion which pock­ets the con­tract with cer­tainty and leaves the work un­com­pleted de­spite the pub­lic outcry? Or should the UN mem­bers be told as to how PM Oli has been us­ing the State Money for his lux­u­ri­ous treat­ment at Sin­ga­pore and al­lo­cates State funds for the lux­ury of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in­clud­ing the feku re­tired Nepali lead­ers? Or should the world lead­ers know as to how the In­dian PM Modi has been press­ing Nepal hard to de­vi­ate from its long held Non Aligned For­eign Pol­icy? Or even should the world lead­ers be told that how Nepali lead­ers vie for be­ing blessed by the In­dian lead­ers from time to time and so rush to Delhi ev­ery now and then? ( Prachanda just has re­turned from Delhi upon be­ing blessed by Modi, it is widely be­lieved) Or the global lead­ers be told as to how Nepal is be­ing screwed by the In­dian ma­chin­ery and the Nepali lead­ers' later act like ser­vants or be­have as if they were the new found slaves of the former slaves of the Bri­tish In­dia Com­pany and of the Mughal Sul­tanate among the crowd of the masters? Should Nepal also tell the world as to how the last po­lit­i­cal change of 2005-6 dam­aged Nepal with the cal­cu­lat­edly de­signed work out of the In­dian regime in the south in close col­lab­o­ra­tion of the do­mes­tic Jay Chands and Mir­jaf­fors in lieu of some coins in In­dian cur­rency? And should PM Oli sound the world com­mu­nity that the In­dian For­eign Min­is­ter in New York took to task his good-fornoth­ing For­eign min­is­ter as to why Nepal boy­cotted the BIMSTEC joint mil­i­tary drill or­ga­nized by In­dia in Puney? Sushma has threat­ened Min­is­ter Gyawali and warned not to com­mit such blun­ders again. In­deed what the Nepal PM should tell the world com­mu­nity that Nepal Army Chief Purna Chan­dra Thapa has very freshly said that Nepal Army and the Pak­istan Army en­joy ex­cel­lent re­la­tions. The NC Chief said this last Fri­day at a Pak­istan de­fense day re­cep­tion or­ga­nized in Kath­mandu at the Hyat Ho­tel. This is news which must be told to In­dia. Yes! PM Oli did a good job in meet­ing the Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau whose diplo­matic mis­sion is not in Kath­mandu any more. What is the mean­ing of talk­ing to a per­son whose diplo­matic mis­sion has sim­ply ig­nored its stay in Kath­mandu? That's all. PM Justin though is a good po­lit­i­cal per­sona. The fact is that there is noth­ing sub­stan­tial that re­mains to be told to the world lead­ers as they know Nepal and its slid­ing pol­i­tics from very close quar­ters be­cause they have their own men posted here to re­port about Nepal and that too se­cretly. Many of our own home grown na­tion­als, the fifth colum­nists, may have been work­ing clan­des­tinely for them in lieu of money as has been hap­pen­ing since the epoch mak­ing great po­lit­i­cal change of 2005-6 which brought the Delhi re­sid­ing Nepal Maoists to Nepal and al­lowed them to oc­cupy plum po­lit­i­cal posts in Nepal's power cor­ri­dors al­beit en­joy­ing the naked bless­ings of the In­dian es­tab­lish­ment through the kind courtesy of Shyam Saran-the then In­dian for­eign Sec­re­tary. The naked in­ter­ven­tion that it was made by In­dia then. The lov­ing care to the Nepal Maoists be­gan in Delhi right from the time of the AB Ba­j­payee gov­ern­ment which con­tin­ued till Dr. MM Singh gov­ern­ment which up­rooted the in­sti­tu­tion of Nepali monar­chy and sev­eral other equally old in­sti­tu­tions which were the pride of Nepal. Late Ba­j­payee was not at all a good friend of Nepal as is be­ing claimed by cer­tain in­ter­ested quar­ters with an In­dia bend. The late In­dian PM through Bra­jesh Mishra had pro­vided shel­ter to the Nepal Maoists in Delhi. SD Muni had me­di­ated the en­tire af­fair in be­tween the Nepal Maoists and the In­dian gov­ern­ment. Now that the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Maoist) has been ranked fourth among the top ten most ac­tive non-state armed groups in 2013, ac­cord­ing to study re­leased this week by a ma­jor de­fence and busi­ness risk think-tank, has now dis­turbed the brains of the New Delhi es­tab­lish­ment which had en­cour­aged the Nepal Maoists to pounce upon Nepal, if one were to re­call. The In­dian Maoists are in­deed a threat to In­dia-the coun­try which is the source of all the evils for Nepal as of now. Ac­cord­ing to the IHS Jane's lat­est ‘Global Ter­ror­ism and In­sur­gency At­tack In­dex,' a to­tal of 258 at­tacks were claimed by, or at­trib­uted to, the CPI (Maoist), even though this rep­re­sented a 29 per cent de­crease from the 362 at­tacks recorded in 2012. In a note to The Hindu, Matthew Hen­man, Man­ager of IHS Jane's Ter­ror­ism and In­sur­gency Cen­tre ex­plained that the de­crease in CPI(Maoist) at­tacks not only came amid a wider 16 per cent de­crease in at­tacks na­tion­wide, but also a 19 per cent de­crease in the num­ber of recorded counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions. “As such, de­spite progress in the counter-in­sur­gency against the CPI (Maoist), the fall in at­tacks was also likely some­what at­trib­ut­able to au­thor­i­ties chal­leng­ing the group less in its ex­ten­sive area of op­er­a­tions in the so-called ‘Red Belt' States,” he added. ( Source In­ter­net news). The same Shyam Saran who care­fully nour­ished the Nepal Maoists in Delhi in the early 2000, is per­haps in trou­ble as one re­puted agency in the United States, as has been stated in the ear­lier para­graphs clearly states that the In­dian Maoists para­pher­na­lia is world's fourth dead­li­est ter­ror­ist out­fits cur­rently in op­er­a­tion in In­dia. To re­call, former PM Dr. MM Singh too used to claim that the big­gest se­cu­rity threat to In­dia em­anates from the do­mes­tic Maoists but yet Dr. Singh con­tin­ued to nurse the Nepal Maoists in Delhi jut to tease the sit­ting Nepal Sovereign King Gya­nen­dra. Now he too has to pay for his fol­lies of the past. King Gya­nen­dra had time and again ad­vised PM MM Singh that ter­ror­ism is ter­ror­ism whether it is in Nepal or in In­dia. How­ever, MM Singh ig­nored King Gya­nen­dra's sug­ges­tions. King Gya­nen­dra was a man of in­tegrity and he him­self qui­etly quit the po­lit­i­cal world, when pushed to the wall by the In­dian regime, and is liv­ing a peace­ful life which must have been pretty eas­ier than what Dr. MM Singh and Mr. Sarana may have been un­der­go­ing in these times af­ter the fresh re­lease of the Maoists re­port in the US. Frankly speak­ing, Shyam Saran if grilled by the In­dian se­cu­rity agen­cies may re­veal the de­tails as to how he has been aid­ing the In­dian Maoists and how he brought the In­dian Maoists closer to the Nepal Maoists. Mr. Saran also may know as to which agency is ex­tend­ing its sup­port to the In­dian Maoists to create ter­ror in­side the In­dian ter­ri­to­ries. Our own Ne­tra Bikram Chand and Mo­han Baidya may have close links with the In­dian Maoists. Could be. Why not? The prece­dence is there. Let's change the topic now: In a sud­den twist of pol­i­tics in the South Asian re­gion, In­dia and Pak­istan which were to re­sume their stalled talks on the side­lines of the UN As­sem­bly in New York, have de­cided not to hold the talks sine die. This uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion has been taken by the In­dian PM Modi which has ten­ta­tively shocked the

en­tire peace lov­ing pop­u­la­tion of the world more so this abrupt can­cel­la­tion of the sched­uled talks has come as a Hi­malayan sur­prise for the new PM of Pak­istan Im­ran Khan who had un­con­di­tion­ally ex­tended his arms to em­brace the un­e­d­u­cated In­dian PM Modi so that the South Asian re­gion could take a sigh of re­lief. Pak­istan's two ma­jor op­po­si­tion par­ties have ques­tioned the "haste" shown by Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan in mak­ing ef­forts to mend ties with In­dia and held him re­spon­si­ble for the "diplo­matic de­ba­cle", say­ing he should have done his "home­work" be­fore ap­proach­ing for a meet­ing. Mr Khan had in a let­ter sought to re-start bi­lat­eral talks on key is­sues "chal­leng­ing the re­la­tion­ship" in­clud­ing on ter­ror­ism and Kash­mir. In­dia had agreed for a meet be­tween min­is­ters Sushma Swaraj and her Pak­istani coun­ter­part Shah Mah­mood Qureshi on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York in these days. How­ever, Delhi on Fri­day, as stated ear­lier, can­celed the meet cit­ing the "bru­tal" killing of three po­lice­men in Jammu and Kash­mir as well as the re­lease of the postal stamps "glo­ri­fy­ing" Kash­miri ter­ror­ist Burhan Wani. But the can­cel­la­tion of the sched­uled meet was caused be­cause PM Modi out of fear from be­ing dragged in the Raphael Deal (France) scam aborted the talks for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod. Rahul Gandhi day in and day out has be­gun telling the coun­try­men as the in­cum­bent PM Modi is a de­clared thief as he has looted the na­tion through the French deal by forc­ing the French Com­pa­nies to award the Raphael deal to the Am­bani Group that hails from Mum­bai. The pop­u­larly known Chai­wala, sorry to say so, In­dian PM thus stands ex­posed un­til he proves him­self in­no­cent from a le­gal court in In­dia. In the mean while San­jaya Niru­pam of the Mun­bai Congress has told the coun­try­men that Modi is an un­e­d­u­cated man and that Modi falsely claims that he is a Grad­u­ate from Delhi Univer­sity. San­jay claims that if Modi as per his claim is a grad­u­ate from the Delhi Univer­sity then why the Univer­sity so far has kept si­lence on the very ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions of PM Modi? If one were to be­lieve San­jay, PM Modi is an il­lit­er­ate as is ev­i­dent from his fa­cial ap­pear­ances. That he is un­e­d­u­cated be­comes clear when one un­der­stands that while declar­ing In­dian helps to Nepal, PM Modi goes on re­peat­ing the same aid amount(s) that he had stated in ear­lier trips made here. Thus he de­clares the same amount as fresh aid to Nepal to which he had com­mit­ted dur­ing his ear­lier count­less trips to Nepal. This also speaks of his il­lit­er­acy as claimed by San­jay Niru­pam from Ma­ha­ras­tra. Modi one more time is to visit Nepal. This is scary news in it­self. How he “in­ten­tion­ally” desta­bi­lizes Nepal Terai has to be watched. His main aim is to split Nepal into pieces. He is a dirty Hindu. Terai has al­ready be­come restive. And as if this hu­mil­i­at­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Modi were not enough, the newly elected Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan Im­ran Khan takes the In­dian PM as a man with mod­est be­gin­ning. “Small men in high of­fices” is what Khan says of PM Modi. PM Khan is cor­rect in that PM Modi has him­self claimed that he spent his en­tire child­hood by sell­ing Tea at the rail­way sta­tions. This speaks of his mod­esty that he spoke of his tragic child­hood. Poor boy. Our sym­pa­thy goes for this Chai­wala. Just ahead of the can­cel­la­tion of talks with Pak­istan by In­dia, Fri­day last, the United States had hailed In­dia's ac­cep­tance of Pak­istani pro­posal for talks be­tween the for­eign min­is­ters on the side­lines of the ongoing an­nual UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion in New York and termed it as” ter­rific news". "We saw that (re­ports of meet­ings be­tween In­dian and Pak lead­ers). I think that's ter­rific news for the In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis to be able to sit down and have a con­ver­sa­tion to­gether," State Depart­ment Spokesper­son Heather Nauert told re­porters at her daily news con­fer­ence. On Thurs­day, a day ahead of the can­cel­la­tion of the talks, spokesper­son, Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, Raveesh Ku­mar an­nounced that In­dia has agreed to a meet­ing be­tween For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj and her Pak­istani coun­ter­part Shah Mah­mood Qureshi on Pak­istan's re­quest. He, how­ever, made it clear that it was not the re­sump­tion of the Indo-Pak di­a­logue. All of a sud­den on Fri­day, In­dia can­celled the talks cit­ing some­what rou­tine rea­sons al­leg­ing the other side that talks with Pak­istan can't go to­gether with what In­dia calls as ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing com­mit­ted on the In­dian soil by the other side. Noth­ing new as this is not the first time that In­dia has dumped the like­li­hood of talks as and when she has been plagued with some do­mes­tic pol­i­tics. North Korea and South Korea have held talks that have yielded good re­sults sat­is­fy­ing the coun­tries in and around the penin­sula. China and the US both have en­cour­aged the two Koreas for keep­ing up the bi­lat­eral talks with each other. But look Modi's com­pul­sion to can­cel the sched­uled talks in be­tween the two neigh­bors, In­dia and Pak­istan. Modi is cur­rently taken as a Chor in In­dia by none less than by Rahul Gandhi. Writes Dev Ankur Wad­hawan that Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi re­cently called Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi a thief, at a pub­lic rally in Dun­garpur dis­trict of Ra­jasthan.

Speak­ing about Modi not re­spond­ing to his al­le­ga­tions over the con­tro­ver­sial Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi in a beam­ing man­ner said, "Gali gali mein shor hai, Hin­dus­tan ka chowki­dar chor hai (There is noise ev­ery­where, the coun­try's guard is a thief)."

"PM Modi handed over the deal for Rafale air­craft to Am­bani, who has never made an air­craft in his en­tire life. The Prime Min­is­ter did not even con­sult the De­fence Min­is­ter be­fore en­sur­ing that the Rafale con­tract went to Am­bani," Rahul Gandhi said while speak­ing in Dun­garpur, writes fur­ther Dev Ankur Wad­hawan in one of his re­cent write up which im­pli­cates PM Modi in the Raphael scam. Rafale is same for PM Modi what was Bo­fors for Ra­jiv Gandhi. As PM Modi fre­quently refers to him­self as a chowki­dar, a guard, of the coun­try, the Congress has of­ten ridiculed his state­ments say­ing Modi is a par­tic­i­pant in the cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

From neigh­bor­ing Pak­istan also a prom­i­nent min­is­ter in Im­ran Khan's Pak­istan gov­ern­ment says the Rafale deal is Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's "Panama", re­fer­ring to the cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion that cul­mi­nated in former Pak­istan pre­mier Nawaz Sharif's im­pris­on­ment, claim Pak­istani news agen­cies. "We think that Rafael is [the] Panama of Prime Min­is­ter Modi," Fawad Chaudhry, Pak­istan's in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter, told In­dia To­day TV to­day in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view the other day that “The way his friend Nawaz Sharif is ousted in [the] Panama [case]...I think it's the same thing that's go­ing on in In­dia." In the mean while, Im­ran Khan has in­cluded Saudi Ara­bia as a new part­ner in the Chi­naPak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, CPEC, to which the Saudi King­dom has ap­par­ently gave its pos­i­tive nod. Com­ment­ing on the in­clu­sion of Saudi Ara­bia, the Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs Chair­man Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain Syed has wel­comed the gov­ern­ment's of­fer to Saudi Ara­bia to be­come the third part­ner in China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) and said that it will pro­vide a new trade route be­tween China and the Gulf coun­tries claim var­i­ous news agen­cies of Pak­istan. “The cor­ri­dor is not only meant for Pak­istan and China, it is also a frame­work of the de­vel­op­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity for other coun­tries of the re­gion and be­yond as well,” he said, be­fore leav­ing for Is­lam­abad af­ter at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence on Belt and Road in China in Bei­jing just the other day. Mr. Hus­sain is taken as a China ex­pert in this part of the world. His com­ments are be­ing heard by the learned men of South Asia in­clud­ing In­dia tor­tured Nepal. The Pak­istani aca­demi­cian also said that Saudi Ara­bia is a broth­erly coun­try and its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the CPEC would prompt other coun­tries of the re­gion to join this flag­ship project of China's Belt and Road in­fra­struc­ture ini­tia­tive which would be a good sign for peace and pros­per­ity. By in­clud­ing the Saudi, Pak­istan has very clev­erly en­sured the longevity of the CPEC, speak­ing in clear terms.

Mushahid said that dur­ing the visit of Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi to Pak­istan, both Pak­istan and China had agreed that the cor­ri­dor's con­struc­tion could ab­sorb third­party par­tic­i­pa­tion and will ben­e­fit the en­tire re­gion. Do­mes­tic sources claim that the Saudi in­clu­sion in the CPEC mech­a­nism en­joys the Chi­nese con­fi­dence. Prior to the wind­ing up of the meet of the two top Korean lead­ers in Py­on­gang last week, in the pres­ence of Kim Jong Un from the North and South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in from ther South, the de­fense min­is­ters of the two coun­tries signed an im­por­tant agree­ment to re­duce mil­i­tary ten­sions along the two sides' heavily mil­i­ta­rized bor­der. As of ap­proach­ing Novem­ber 1, no-fly zones will be es­tab­lished along the bor­der and both sides will halt ar­tillery and other mil­i­tary drills close to the de­mil­i­ta­rized zone (DMZ) sep­a­rat­ing the two coun­tries. The North and South also agreed to dis­man­tle sev­eral of the heavily armed guard posts they have each con­structed in­side the DMZ and to create a mar­itime peace zone in the West Sea (Yel­low Sea), claim news agen­cies. In the mean while the South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jaeun is in New York to sound the world com­mu­nity on the progress the two Korean lead­ers bagged this time in Py­ongyang for the es­tab­lish­ment of peace in Korean Penin­sula. By this time the US Pres­i­dent may have al­ready been told of the progress made in the re­cent weeks in Py­ongyang when the two top hats of Korea met. For the Road: The New Delhi's es­tab­lished dweller, former Maoists leader, Com­rade Prachanda aka Da­hal has re­turned from China in an en­raged mood. The rea­son is sim­ple for us but very hu­mil­i­at­ing for the “pick of Delhi”, as the fresh is­sue of the Nepali Times weekly cor­rectly analy­ses Da­hal's China trip. Da­hal has rea­sons to be un­happy with the Chi­nese lead­er­ship which sent a Chi­nese per­son to re­ceive Nepal's former Prime Min­is­ter who ap­peared more like a sports man as he was wear­ing a red vest in­stead of be­ing a po­lit­i­cal man. Da­hal's pro­to­col was ig­nored, claim Da­hal sources. On the con­trary, Da­hal dur­ing his just con­cluded Delhi visit, he was ac­corded a red car­pet wel­come by PM Modi him­self. Da­hal must have some plans to teach China a les­son for the lat­ter's mis­de­meanor if at all that it was. Now it re­mains to be seen as to how Da­hal weak­ens PM Oli con­sid­er­ing Oli as a China man. Un­der­stand­ably, Da­hal shall in all like­li­hood en­joy the bless­ing of Delhi for un­seat­ing PM Oli. The fun be­gins now.

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