By NP Upadhyaya
Not so many intelligent brains in Nepal prefer to believe that on the midnight of October 12/19, a high level Chinese official who was accompanying President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal secretly entered into the compound of the former King Gyanendra and talked with the now deposed King for almost forty five minutes and then made his way back to the Soaltee Hotel.
The people are reluctant in digesting this secret meet but the fact is that the meet took place for sure.
That evening Soaltee Hotel was the center of political attraction with the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping who had landed in Kathmandu straight from Chennai upon the completion of his India visit.
What transpired in between President Xi’s special emissary and the King Gyanendra has not been made public (nor would it come to light ever), however, our own source claims that the “secret talks” went all and the Chinese emissary apparently regretted over the Chinese lapses in having ignored the King at a time when the King needed the Chinese support most.
In fact, King Gyanendra had become the target of the entire Indian establishment when he (the then King Gyanendra) made some visible efforts in bringing China into the scheme of the regional body — the SAARC as an observer.
The King’s sincere efforts made then for the prestigious inclusion of China in the SAARC regional body as an Observer is what pained and annoyed the Indian Union under proxy PM Dr. MM Singh who concluded instantly that King Gyanendra must be ousted or else the Chinese will replace India in Nepal. Elephantine size but with small heart that India is.
But yet China joined SAARC as an Observer finally.
And as per this scheme, the RAW agents, both within and without, together with the then agitating seven parties led by the most destructive political personality late G. P. Koirala made it a one point agenda and that being the ouster of King Gyanendra once and for all. It was Delhi’s project.
The King’s ouster was facilitated by naughty Father Shyam Saran who had been the designer of the People’s War and had arranged Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai’s shelter in Delhi under the special care of the Indian government.
The Chinese emissary who met the King at Nirmal Nivas on October 12/19 also assured the King that China reposes full trust in the King’s diplomatic neutrality-capabilities and hoped that if an when the King bounces back to power shall keep Nepal committed to its long adhered “One China Policy” intact and the King in turn nodded his head as he does as and when he meets high profile personalities.
Professor Parsuram Kharel in his comprehensive fresh article has opined that King Gyanendra over these years “may” have visited China at least three times to sound the Chinese top officials that the restoration of the Nepali monarchy was in the interest of China in safeguarding China’s core security interests in Nepal.
However, observers here do not buy this theory that the China may have invited King Gyanendra straight to Beijing for constructive consultations.
China believes in quiet diplomacy and thus the visit to Beijing appears closer to a self-manufactured theory for whatever reasons it may have been constructed. At best the Chinese officials may have met the King Gyanendra while the latter left Kathmandu for either Thailand or for that matter Singapore.
The meeting may have taken place in Bangkok or in Singapore.
Unconfirmed reports have it that the Indian national security advisor Ajit Doval may have met King Gyanendra either in Thailand or in Singapore.
That India too is interested in the restoration of the Nepali monarchy came to the force when the Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shri Manjeev Singh Puri met the King in Sita Hotel in Janakpur.
Very recently when the King had visited Thailand/Singapore, he is told to have returned Kathmandu via New Delhi wherein he may have met with some leaders close to PM Modi.
Most interesting of it all is a strong rumor which has it that on October 12/19 afternoon, when President Xi Jinping and PM Modi said good bye to each other in Chennai, PM Modi made a modest appeal to the Chinese supreme leader that while being in Kathmandu he should meet the ousted monarch.
High placed sources opine that President Xi’s special envoy met the King in the late night of 12 October as per the suggestions of Indian Prime Minister Modi.
If this is correct or at least close to correct then reasons are abundant to assume that as regards the agenda for the restoration of the Nepali Monarchy, both India and China at the highest level prefer that King’s presence in Nepal shall at least deter both China and India from colliding in Nepal.
The fact is that both India and China have now come to their senses that the Nepali monarchy had at least kept the two giant neighbors at a comfortable distance which was convincing to both.
Though Indian influence was at the height in Nepal even at time of the prevalence of Monarchy but yet China too wasn’t that unhappy with Nepal because the Monarchy had made substantial efforts in not allowing anti-China activities from the Nepali soil.
Moreover, Nepali Monarchy has had intimate ties in the past with the heroes and builders of modern China like Mao Tse Tung or Deng Xiao Ping.
To a greater extent China during those days had compromised with the reality that with the borders open in between Nepal and India, Nepal have had to adjust its relations with India in many more ways than one even if such a relation pained at times.
Chairman Mao always suggested Nepal to have closer ties with India.
Now with the passage of time, both India and China have apparently come to a conclusion that Monarchy be restored which shall do justice with both of the neighbors.
China needs Nepali guarantee that its soil must not be used against anti-China activities.
China doesn’t trust the India trained communist leaders.
Perhaps it is in these background President Xi’s emissary may have visited King’s private residence in Maharajgunj and conveyed Xi’s ear pleasing message to the Nepali monarch who lost his throne while doing a “necessary favor” to China during the Dhaka SAARC Summit but the Chinese regime instead of coming to the rescue of the sinking King preferred to leave the king in the deep blue ocean.
A section of the interested media men and intellectuals though maintained that President Xi himself dropped at the King’s residence on October 12 which is incorrect and absurd.
Having said all these, the national politics after President Xi’s departure from Nepal, October 13, 2019, Father Shyam Saran and his “adopted sons” both in politics and media in Nepal have suddenly become active which bodes ill for the Nepali nation.
Needless to say, as and when Father Shyam Saran becomes active, Nepal is pushed to the wall as witnessed in the year 2005-6 which tentatively made Nepal as the second protectorate in South Asia after Baby Bhutan.
Though it may pain some strong Nepali nationalists, however, the fact is that Father Shyam Saran was able to catapult Nepal’s politics then only when some of the corrupt and perverted sons of the soil who were largely paid by the Indian RAW agency backed Saran’s devastating steps takes against Nepal.
RAW rules Nepal, it is talked in Nepal’s political circuit.
It is these Nepali rotten eggs who were up again in inviting father Shyam Saran in Nepali politics to deter the “manufactured threat” of increasing Chinese influence in Nepal.
An inferiority complex ridden retired Indian Military man Ashok Mehta has written an article wherein he almost suggests Indian establishment to check the Nepali steps which were inching towards China before it would be too late to bring back Nepal into Indian sphere of influence.
China understands the Indian tricks but its “diplomatic mission” in Kathmandu takes the pro Indian lobby as their own men.
It is this Saran lobby in Kathmandu which has been floating several baseless and distorted theories to malign Nepal-China ties.
But the fact is that both India and China must come to terms as far as their independent relations with “ancient” Nepal are concerned because Nepal is to stay here for long time to come.
Nepal though at the moment is politically weak after the “great political change gifted by “Father Shyam Saran”, but yet the country is not that weak to melt down under the threat either of India or China.
Nepal needs, by the same token, both India and China for the preservation of its continued sovereignty. The three countries must come to terms as the geopolitics demands. No other option with these countries. Nepal too has no other way than to live in harmony.
Fortunately, if China has assured Nepal that it shall come to safeguard Nepali sovereignty under any circumstances then India unfortunately, has never uttered a single word that it will come forward in preserving Nepali sovereignty.
So this is the marked difference as to why Nepali people love to hate India and its shaky Prime Minister Modi who is taken by the general population in Nepal as a close enemy of the entire nation.
However, PM Modi wants the restoration of the Nepali Monarchy to keep Nepal under his Hindutva palms, however, the question is also that an India elevated and restored King in Nepal can keep Nepal independent and will he then be able to keep the two neighbors-India and China at an equal distance? Can he do justice with China? Will he be able to look into the interests, if any, that of the lone super power USA?
Needless to say, Nepal’s deposed King represents the entire Hindu world.
Let the politics unfold in the days ahead.
Now a few words on Kashmir: After the tough note made against India on Kashmir lockdown by Chancellor Angela Merkel last week wherein she said, according to Michaela Kuefner, the Chief Political Editor at DW, Germany’s worldwide TV channel who was accompanying Angela Merkel to India tweeted that in a “modest pre-dinner criticism of the Kashmir clampdown, Merkel said that “the State of affairs for the individuals there may be unsustainable and never good”.
A day ahead of German Chancellor scolding India, a group of largely right-wing European parliamentarians (MEPs) had visited India-administered Kashmir, prompting outrage from local politicians who have not been allowed to go.
Kashmir is a jail since August 5/19.
Some Indian politicians from opposition parties have dubbed the visit of the European Parliamentarians as a “Guided Kashmir Tour” which was arranged and managed by NSA Ajit Doval — one of the destructive brains in the present day India who is reportedly controlling the minds and brain of PM Modi.
In the meanwhile, the UN human rights office according to Al Jazeera dated 30 October has it that “it is extremely concerned that the population of Indian-administered Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights.
“We urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied,” said Rupert Colville, speaking at a UN press briefing.
Almost coinciding with Angela Merkel’s sharp comments on Kashmir during her official visit to India, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson too recently said in the British Parliament that the UK’s long-standing stance of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan remains unchanged although the situation in the Valley is of “profound” concern to the country.
PM Johnson’s statement came in the backdrop of the two-day “sponsored pleasure trip” of 23 members of European Parliament to Jammu and Kashmir who had come to assess the ground situation in Kashmir and report as per the dictations of Ajit Doval-the Indian national security advisor.
For the Road: Writes SEEMA MUSTAFA, 4 NOVEMBER in the CITIZEN that “it will be 90 days on November 5 since the Valley has been cut off from the world. Normalcy has acquired new definitions, created and real. It is voiced through what might appear as silence to those not conversant with the Kashmiri, but is a drawing of impenetrable boundaries between the Valley and the rest of India. The ‘no thank you’ today says it all as it allows no room for discussion, a quiet rejection that speaks volumes. And should worry policy makers as it is louder than the gun”.
Kashmir is boiling. The Kashmiris are living a hellish life. Terror reigns in Kashmir but the people remain in a highly charged state. Use of rape and pellet guns have become a normal phenomenon in India administered Kashmir. The powerful nations of the world are silent as usual. Germany and the UK have talked about the pains of the caged Kashmiris.
But yet the warring rivals India and Pakistan are linked with each other with the Sikhism.
Thanks to the new Kartarpur Corridor, Indian Sikhs will now be able to visit the first Sikh Guru’s resting place. Many have waited for this day since Independence.
Last year, on 26 November, India laid the foundations for the corridor. Pakistan followed suit two days later. The plan was to complete construction in time for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary on 12 November. On 8 November, the Indian side will see the opening of the historic corridor, while the Pakistani side will see it open on 9 November. The complex is expected to house hotels, accommodation facilities for pilgrims as well as transport services.
The Sikhs all over the world have applauded Islamabad’s positive gesture for having made this opportunity available to them to pay their homage to the supreme Guru. That’s all.