It is only natural for China to exploit the messy situation in Nepal and seek to supplant Indian influence and goodwill, writes Gurmeet Kanwal.Strife-torn Nepal’s fledgling democracy is at a strategic crossroads today. Relations with India have deteriorated, China’s footprint in Nepal is increasing rapidly and the political situation is relatively more unstable than it has been for the last three years. Whether or not the country will survive the vicissitudes of its complex and sometimes violent power politics depends on whether its political leaders can rise to the challenge of putting an end to their petty squabbling and whether the Maoists decide to act as a genuinely nationalist force rather than a motley array of power hungry guerrillas who prefer to let their guns do the talking. The first decade of the 21st century has been a tumultuous one for Nepal. Two years of brutal repression by a despotic regime headed by a King who believed in Louis XIV’s dictum ‘L’etat, c’est moi’ (I am the State) were followed by the Nepalese people’s short but intense agitation that led to the restoration of parliamentary democracy in April 2006. The people’s spring revolution was nothing short of spectacular in the… Read full this story
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