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India’s best help to Nepal is no help; US diplomats have differing view on CPEC

  • Published on: November 27, 2019



  • All the presumed yes men of the Indian Union born 1947 have surprisingly made it a point to harass and embarrass the incumbent Prime Minister KP Oli.
    It is this flock of the ‘Yes sir Ok Sir men’ who have been disseminating all the rubbish against the radical communist government controlled by KP Sharma Oli.
    However, this is not to certify that PM Oli is a sacrosanct political persona on questions of the degree of the inclination that he has for the health and the happiness for the Indian establishment.
    No he is not.
    To be honest, PM Oli has been kind enough and had remained excessively liberal for ensuring and securing political benefits for India even if that be at the cost of his own “motherland”-Nepal.
    To put it modestly, the incumbent Prime Minister Oli was the one who left no stones unturned to handover the mighty Mahakali River to the Indian establishment in the mid-nineties.
    Oli’s excitement observed during the Mahakali Treaty ratification (for India) was pretty “nation” insulting enough to dub KP Oli as to have surrendered to the Indian Union for some gains albeit political ones.
    However, it was this Oli’s excitement which later was honored by the enemy-friend across the border in that Oli who had been suffering from chronic renal problems was instantly invited by the Indian establishment for a free renal treatment at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi.
    He went to this Delhi clinic several times in the past.
    PM’s Kidney problems have compounded these days more so after he dropped visiting New Delhi.
    By the way, Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal, then a top ranking UML leader, also enjoyed the Delhi largesse in that even if election-defeated, Mr. Nepal was made Nepal’s Prime Minister.
    This defeated Nepal ruled the nation for as good as nine months at a stretch. Thanks New Delhi.
    On top of it all, it was in the rumor then that for having assisted Delhi in securing the Mahakali river ratification from Nepal’s India controlled Parliament in India’s favour, Mr. Nepal’s illustrious daughter was awarded with a MBBS free scholarship from the Indian government.
    To recall, after Oli it was Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal who played several tricks in securing the Mahakali river water and electric power to India.
    Mr. Nepal in the early 90s even was thinking the invasion of Nepal by the Indian military. However, Mr. Nepal’s inner desires failed for some exclusive reasons.
    Finally, Oli and Mr. Nepal’s efforts brought immense benefits for New Delhi and as is the horrifying rumor these days, it is these two illustrious Nepali leaders from the “good-for-nothing” communist party who even today enjoy the same level of blessings from the Delhi master-rulers who also run Nepal thorough undeclared decree.
    Shri Kamal Koirala, a veteran UML-Communist leader and the one who served Nepal in South Korea as Ambassador very recently claimed that PM Oli can’t be taken as a nationalist who has awarded the Indian establishment with plum natural resources (at a dirt cheap price or even for free at times).
    “Oli thus can’t claim himself as a true Nepali nationalist”, said Koirala who appears frustrated with the current dispensation under PM Oli.
    Mr. Koirala is against his own party stalwart(s) who had made him Ambassador to Korea.
    Mr. Koirala is the son of late Matrika Prasad Koirala who possibly allowed the Indian military men the free entry into what is Kalapani-Limpiyadhura-the Nepali landmass which India has forcibly gulped and duly incorporated in the new map released by the enemy-neighbor-India.
    One doubts if India is a neighbor or a most disgusting enemy?
    A section of the Nepali media together with some perverted political brains accuse late King Mahendra to have facilitated the Indian army to remain in the Kalapani area when the Indians were fighting a fatal war with the mighty Chinese regime in the early 60s.
    The war went in favor of China but yet the Indian army preferred to continue their stay in Kalapani area as this place was considered strategically important for fighting with the Chinese on the other side of the border.
    Now that India has swallowed Nepali landmass and claims that the territory belongs to India which means that India is going against the boundary set by the Nepal-British India company treaty signed in 1816.
    If India rejects to honor the Sugauli Treaty then Nepal has every right as per the Nepal-India friendship Treaty of 1950 (Article 8) to demand the territories occupied by Nepal prior to signing of the Sugauli Treaty which goes as far as Kumaon and Gadhwal up to Sutlej in the West and River Teesta in the East which approaches territories up to almost Bhutan.
    Some parts of present day Bangladesh was also a Nepali territory.
    The 1950 Treaty gives this right to Nepal to seek its lost territories if India rejects the treaty of Sugauli.
    Ignoring the 1816 Treaty will automatically bring back almost half of the present day Utter Pradesh (UP, India) to the legal jurisdiction of Nepal. Some portions of Bihar State too automatically come to the fold of Nepal.
    Not a bad bargain in case if India ignores Nepal’s modest requests.
    In the meanwhile, Sher Bahadur Deuba-the President of the Nepali Congress party while talking to his cadres in Pokhara the other day bluntly said that the Indian Prime Minister Modi must have included Kalapani-Limpiyadhura in the newly released Indian map with the “tacit approval” of the Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
    The NC President accuses PM Oli as to have secretly encouraged PM Modi to occupy the Nepali landmass into his country’s new and revised map.
    The ruling party men however, rebuke Deuba’s wild allegations.
    Interestingly, Comrade Prachanda, the man who spent ten years in Delhi and enjoyed Indian government’s special care too has begun saying that the Indian move of gulping the Nepali land in the West is unacceptable and that in doing so India has committed a grave act which goes against the international norms.
    Prachanda reportedly close to Professor SD Muni and Father Shyam Saran. The “nexus” exists even as of now, it is believed.
    To recall, a few years back, Comrade Prachanda while addressing a Maoists party gathering in Naya Baneshwar had politely suggested the Indian establishment that “No help from India would be the best help from across the border to this country”.
    This stands valid even as of today if India, the former British India Colony, takes this million dollar suggestion seriously. In fact, each and every Nepali national who has not sold himself for petty monetary gains will say that let the Nepal-India borders be controlled or even fenced in consultations.
    Senior lawyer Swagat Nepal and his “save the nation team” have taken up the Indian dadagiri in a manner that this land grab issue demands.
    Reports have it that Mr. Swagat Nepal and his team will even convince the Nepali population not to allow the Indian nationals to enter Nepal who are coming to Janakpur for performing the marriage rituals of Goddess Sita with Lord Rama.
    In the meanwhile, some Nepali intellectuals have released a new map that has the Kalapani-Limpiyadhura inside the Nepali territory which is what should have been done.
    The New map published by Nepal’s learned civil society has timely accomplished this nationalist job for which the members deserve deep appreciations.
    Needless to say, the Indo-pendent political men and some paid media agents have been talking and disseminating the Indian stance on Kalapani.
    Close envelope matters. Shame on them who prefer to ignore their own motherland for petty financial gains.
    Thus, in a way the entire Nepali society remains in a tensed but in the same wavelength against India who can go to any extent in securing their owned legal soil if the government fails to bring back the occupied Nepali land.
    PM KP Sharma Oli is in a comfortable state to talk straight with PM Modi. PM Oli has already ordered PM Modi to vacate Kalapani area. A diplomatic note as regards this land encroachment issue has been sent to Delhi through diplomatic channels.
    Now a few paragraphs for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor:
    In the meantime, the United States has warned Pakistan of the long-term risks to its economy if it embraces China’s massive infrastructure project and suggested that it should instead look to the U.S. business model.
    To recall, Pakistan and China are engaged in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, CPEC, which constitutes to be a part of the Belt and Road Initiative-a signature plan of President Xi Jinping.
    Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia, told a conference on November 21 that the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will only profit Beijing.
    This is what the US thinks of the BRI and the CPEC. However, China and Pakistan do not subscribe to the theory advanced by the US and some European Nations.
    Needless to say, in Nepal also a small section subscribe to this debt trap notion as is being forcefully claimed by the US and India sponsored intellectuals.
    The United States and many EU countries have criticized China’s project and it is lending for regional infrastructure efforts, warning that it has saddled some developing countries with debts that they cannot afford to repay time permitting.
    The CPEC project consists of rail, road, and energy infrastructure and is part of the wider $1 trillion Chinese project known as the “Belt and Road” initiative.
    Interestingly leaving all and sundry in a big surprise, the sitting US Ambassador to Pakistan Monday, November 25, 2019, categorically stated that the remarks on CPEC made by the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, November 21/19 were meant to generate debate however it was Pakistan’s sovereign right to decide its future.
    “We do not expect everyone to agree with us or agree with every aspect of her speech,” Ambassador of the United States of America Paul W Jones said while talking to media after visiting Wazir Khan Mosque to review the ongoing restoration work of some historic houses under the ‘US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation’ (AFCP), reports the APP.
    This means that the US will not mind if Pakistan engages itself with the Chinese projects but would only advise Pakistan to take steps with care.
    Not bad indeed as is evident from the US envoy talks made in Lahore.
    The Ambassador when asked about the statement made by US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Alice Wells gave in Washington D.C about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said it was very ‘thoughtful speech’, and added that the idea of her speech was to generate debate.
    But yet the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi asserted November 24/19 that the recently aired US views on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have “no impact” on the ambitious project, after a senior Trump administration official (Alice Wells) warned Islamabad that the project would take a toll on the cash-strapped country’s economy.
    Notably, the CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.
    In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang in a regular Press Conference held on November 25, 2019 said that China and Pakistan have clarified and refuted such smears time and again. However, some in the US still use the same old script and do the same old plots.
    All said and done, speaking to an audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on November 21/19 Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, had said that the U.S. offered a better model that would improve the fundamentals of Pakistan’s troubled economy. She also had convincingly raised questions about the transparency and fairness of CPEC projects as well as related Chinese loans Islamabad has received.
    Adding adequate strength to his nation’s stance on CPEC, the senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain described the allegations by Alice Wells as disappointing ones.
    Journalist turned politician Mr. Hussain noted that CPEC has ensured energy security for Pakistan and set the stage for an “industrial revolution” in the next stage of the massive project, which is already in progress.
    “CPEC is central to Pakistan’s future and it’s a pivot of our strategic relationship with China and for which Pakistan has benefited already. We feel she had got her facts mixed up because of unfounded media reports, opined Hussain.
    But yet, is China transparent? Will China assure countries like Pakistan and Nepal that its support today will not be a debt trap for these countries tomorrow? China better clarify its real intent whatever it is?
    Finally, Pakistan would do well if it takes the US advice in a good spirit. Being alert is not that bad than to weep later. That’s all.

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