By NP Upadhdhya
Nepal Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli is not that fool as is being talked of him of late primarily in the social media. In fact he is more than intelligent in that he instantly retaliated to the Indian regime by stating that Nepal would now work hard, rather facilitate, so that the next SAARC Summit is held in Pakistan. He made this disclosure when he was told by his hangers on that India has told Nepal in no uncertain terms that the recommendations made by the Nepal-India Joint Eminent Persons Group, EPG, shall not be entertained by India simply because, we have been told, the EPG has made certain recommendations that if brought into effect shall undermine the continuation of the Nehruvian doctrine that has in essence made Nepal the slave of India.
But yet, PM Oli has picked a man who is talked to be close to PM Modi as Nepal’s Ambassador to India. Such erratic acts of PM Oli gives some space to suspect his nationalistic credentials. The new Ambassador to India though is a perfect gentleman but has tasted the tuna fish of practically all the political parties well within two decades. He is talked to be a communist. He is not a communist in effect. Perfect gentleman only.
Later Bijay Jolly too told the Nepali media that India is the biggest enemy of Nepal and that India would not entertain the recommendations of the EPG.
In fact, PM Oli assured the former Pak PM Mr. Gilani, at a Kathmandu Hotel, that Nepal would ease the convening of the SAARC Summit in Pakistan. This news got internationalized instantly.
It is this most heinous and the hatred principle, in the eyes of strong Nepali nationalists but not for those who possess soft corner for the Southern neighbor that unfortunately she is, which has allowed the Indian regime to pounce upon Nepal as and when the latter desires that Nepal needed to be penalized under this or that pretext. The 1950 treaty with India has become a bane for Nepal from day one and continues to pain each and every nationalist for multiple reasons. Down with this treaty. Neither peace nor friendship with India.
The SAARC has already been killed by the Indian establishment and in lieu the BIMSTEC is in the political scene only to exclude Pakistan which is what the Indian regime desired.
Greater South Asia is now the urgent demand of the entire population inhabiting this part of the world-from China to Iran to Central Asian Republics, CARs. India is free to join but not compulsorily. Greater South Asia would run faster if India is not in this scheme.
Pakistan is not that unhappy for having lost its participation in SAARC because of India for she enjoys close ties with the countries in the Central Asian Republics, CARs, which are enough to keep Pakistan busy in doing business.
If one talks of proximity then for Pakistan the CARs are closer than the countries of the SAARC. The central Asian Republics are Pakistan’s next door neighbors.
And with the China aided CPEC projects, Pakistan is thinking bigger than being limited only to the India dominated SAARC. The BIMSTEC too is being taken as the tail of India though some serious countries, Thailand and Sri Lanka for example, have their participation in the BIMSTEC Modified scheme. Frankly speaking BIMSTEC too shall die a premature death a la the SAARC. It may take some time but what is for sure is that BIMSTEC too awaits an unnatural death.
Nepal PM Oli assured the international community that he will not allow the SAAARC to die and that the stalled Summit shall be held in Pakistan and that Nepal shall lobby on behalf of Pakistan. But what if Modi scolds Nepal PM Oli?
Interestingly, the Hindu Prime Minister Mr. Oli reiterated his feelings for SAARC at an International gathering, the Asia-Pacific Summit-2016, largely funded by the much publicized Universal Peace Foundation, Korea, “a Christian organization” that was held in Kathmandu wherein the “daughter of Jesus Christ” blessed the Hindu PM of Nepal and awarded the Prime Minister with Good Governance Award which was generally taken by the common population as one of the best joke of the year 2018 for obvious reasons.
The sudden eruption and the grand institutionalization of the Christianity in a majority Hindu country was more than surprising in that Indian Prime Minister Modi perhaps is trying very hard secretly to restore Nepal as a Hindu country which is at the moment a secular one as per the constitution now in force. But for him the Kathmandu Summit must have come as a severe jolt for multiple reasons.
Indian PM Modi must have fallen flat when his “masked Hindu” Nepali servants may have informed him that Nepal is virtually ruled by leaders having Christianity slope that used to meet him in Delhi as a staunch follower of Hindu.
However, the just concluded Asia-Pacific Summit in Nepal speaks loudly that most of the Nepali leaders have already embraced Christianity by saying good bye to Hinduism. It also showed that the Hindus possess immense love and honor for Christianity. This is tolerance and flexibility. One should be allowed to practice the religion of his or her choice. (If Christianity suits the born Hindus then so be it).
Hindus have no enmity with the Christians. Even the former PAK prime minister attended this Asia-Pacific Summit. Thanks he was not blessed by the daughter of the Jesus. Many Hindus from India too had their participation if the Asia-Pacific Summit funded by the Universal Peace Foundation, UPF.
Talking of PM Oli, he is sick in that he has several ailments and he has to take regular medicine tablets to keep him in good stead but yet his utterances being made against his detractors forces one to conclude that PM Oli’s sickness has increased of late and that he needs a grand health check up abroad at least in the nearby Medanta where he used to visit in the past. He makes irritating statements that are irrelevant ones. He has developed arrogance of the highest order in the mean time. People have so far have forgiven him considering his nationalist credentials exhibited at times of the Indian blockade. (Get well soon Mr. Prime Minister).
Matured observers predict that Oli government may fall any time soon if the Nirmala Pant rape-and murder case takes a different turn. Even the UN body has warned the government not to play foul game with the Nirmala Pant murder incident.
High placed sources claim that the Nirmala Pant rape case is very much associated with the son of a VIP who is currently seated in the incumbent government and that too enjoying the head of a plum ministry.
All in all, PM Oli’s sickness, the sudden upsurge of Christianity in a Hindu Nepal and the Nirmala Pant case may bring PM Oli down to the foot path soon. Oli is being challenged by his own comrades for example, Bhim Rawal.
Here is our Bimlendra Nidhi, a prominent leader of the fading Nepali Congress party who has been opposing the arrival of Yogi Aditya Nath (Bist), the chief Minister of UP, India to attend to the Bibaha Panchami festival, the marriage ceremony of Lord Rama with Goddess Sita in Japankpur.
Mr. Nidhi is opposing Yogi’s arrival simply because Yogi’s intimate links with the now ousted King of Nepal. But why is this allergy?
A noted journalist, Dev Prakash Tripathi, claims that Prime Minister Sushil Koirala ( late) used to claim at times that the NC must feel threatened with the permanent presence of Mr. Nidhi rather than with the attendance of Sher Bahadur Deuba.
The media man hints that Nidhi is almost like a tumor that needs to be operated soon or else the NC’s bad days were round the corner.
However, fresh reports have it that despite Nidhi’s opposition, CM Yogi is attending to the Janakpur festivities.
High placed observers claim that some months back, three former Ambassadors posted in Nepal, currently working for Indian RAW, had come to Kathmandu and during their secret stay here had advised Prachanda, Deuba and some more others that as and when PM Modi arrives in Nepal, he may press for the restoration of the Hindu order in Nepal which the Nepali leaders should deny.
Our own source says that one of the Nepali leaders was Bimlendra Nidhi whom the three former envoys met while being in Kathmandu. It is perhaps this instruction that has been forcing Mr. Nidhi to go berserk against the arrival of CM Yogi in janakpur.
Mr. Nidhi is the right hand of President SB Deuba which explains everything about their India connection.
Now let’s have a look into the Greater South Asian political scene.
The straight NAY to the SAARC Summit invitation to India by Pakistan does tell that the ruling BJP leaders wish not to mend its strained relations with the rival country-Pakistan aiming at the approaching elections.
However, the fresh opening up of the Kartarpur Sahib road in Pakistan for the India’s Sikh nationals to pay homage to their holy site in Pakistan does raise some ray of hope that with this Kartarpur strip, the stressed relations in between the two shall come to a comfortable low. But things as they stand now does tell different story. India and its media suspect Pakistan that the latter may assist the Sikh devotees to join the voice for the demand of Khalistan right inside India.
While this possibility can’t be ruled out, but Pakistan may also have to greet several masked Kul Bhushan Yadavs in turbans who would further destabilize Pakistan.
But let’s listen to what this old Sikh has to say when he visted the Gurudwara located in Pakistan just the previous week.
“Seventy-five-year-old Gurcharan Singh was just a child during Partition in 1947, when his family left their home in the city of Sialkot, in modern day Pakistan, to head to India.
Now on a visit to the Sikh temple in the Pakistani village of Kartarpur, he was delighted that the two countries had agreed to construct a corridor allowing visa-free access to pilgrims from India.
“Since Pakistan was created our community has wanted this,” he told the BBC. “Two families,¬ Indians and Pakistanis,¬ are meeting again.”
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the holiest places in Sikhism. It’s believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, died in the 16th Century.
In the mean time, when India and Pakistan are engaged in mudslinging at each other as usual after the Kartarpur ground breaking event, the United States on last Thursday welcomed efforts by India and Pakistan to increase people-to-people contact, days after the two countries laid foundation stones for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
In a briefing here, US State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters, “I’m aware of the reports of this Kartarpur corridor, as you referenced there. I understand that it’s kind of a visa-free way for Indians to visit this important Sikh site. And of course, the US — we would welcome efforts to increase people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan.”
The route along the India-Pakistan border is three kilometres away from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Once opened, it would allow Sikh pilgrims a direct access to the historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev died in 1539.
In a brilliant write up Prem Shankar Jha writing for Wire, Diplomacy Security just the other day says that “The opportunity created by Kartarpur Sahib must not be allowed to slip away, for it is born of radically different and deeply enduring roots. While previous peace initiatives originated in the corridors of Islamabad and New Delhi, this one has originated in a small village close to the India-Pakistan border. While previous negotiations have been carefully planned and orchestrated, this one is unplanned, disorderly and very largely spontaneous. Finally while all previous initiatives have started at the top of the social and political pyramid, this one has been born out a yearning among the poorest people on both sides of the Punjab border for peace and reconciliation.
The gurudwara at Kartarpur Sahib was established by Guru Nanak in 1522. It was there that he lived for 18 years, wrote the Guru Granth Sahib and, in all probability, died. It is therefore the second holiest shrine in the Sikh religion.
Partition forced the Sikhs of Punjab to one side of the newly created border, but left Kartarpur Sahib a bare three km on its other side. As a result, for 70 years Sikhs have been going in their hundreds of thousands to the closest point on the border, from where they can see the domes of the gurudwara, to pray.
Interestingly, one Indian noted media man, Rajdeep Serdesai, upon visiting Kartarpur Sahib and talking to a local young Pak journalists wherein he was greeted like an old friend was simply moved to the extent that he have had to claim this, in his own words, “I will say this my young friend , and I say it with sadness : Pakistan news channels sometimes speak less hate towards India than we do towards Pakistan ….we all need to rise above competing hatreds …Naafrat phailana bahut aasan hai…Pyar baatna bahut mushkil”…
Nav Jot Siddhu joins the statement and says while talking to India Today that “Religion should not be looked at from the prism of politics and terrorism.
China in the mean while, on Monday welcomed India and Pakistan’s efforts to open the Kartarpur Corridor, saying strengthening dialogue between them and properly addressing their differences means a lot to the world peace and development.
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
“We are glad to see the good interactions between Pakistan and India. Both are important countries in South Asia. The stability of their relations means a lot to the world peace and development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here answering a question on the corridor.
There is a new environment and we should take advantage of this new environment, said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Indian journalists at a dinner on November 28 after the Kartarpur corridor groundbreaking.
Honest diplomacy indeed.
Many countries in the region also feel that Pakistan and India’s stalemate is holding the entire region back, he said, adding that the most sensible way forward is to sit and talk about our issues.
“Pakistan has been fighting against terrorism for the last 70 years and we have lost close to 75,000 people,” he explained, adding that the country has also suffered losses of over $123 billion.
The Pak FM commented on Kashmir by saying that “I don’t need to go into the history of the dispute, said Qureshi. He went on to say that in his assessment, many in India are not satisfied with the situation over there.
“This is a new environment and we need peace in the region,” the foreign minister said.
We need peace on our eastern side and we need peace on our western side, he told the journalists. “[We also need] to have good neighborly relations with India and for that we can wait,” he concluded.
Pakistan and India have agreed to develop the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims. However, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this does not mean it will lead to talks between the two countries.
Swaraj, claim Nepali observers, possess more hatred for Pakistan and China than PM Modi.
And here is for the Road: The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has in a beaming manner said on Monday that he has received a letter from President Donald Trump asking for his government’s help and cooperation in advancing peace talks with the Afghan Taliban insurgents.
Both the Foreign Ministry and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed that the letter has been received. Chaudhry said the U.S. president told Khan that relations with Pakistan were “very important” to solving the Afghan conflict, especially in helping to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table.
Is it the admission of President Trump’s that Pakistan still has a key role in sorting out the Afghan stalemate?
The letter, which has not been publicly confirmed by U.S. officials, would be Trump’s first direct communication with Khan since the former cricket star took office as prime minister in August. As for indirect exchanges, the two leaders posted angry tweets two weeks ago after Trump told Fox News he had cut aid to Pakistan because it would “take our money and do nothing for us.” ( As of Tuesday afternoon in Nepal).
Story of time tested allies That’s all.