-  Monday 24 June 2019

‘India not doing enough on Nepal’

NEW DELHI, March 20 - On Nepal, a top Indian official has lashed out at his own government. In a rare admission, India's National Security Advisor MK Narayanan has conceded that India's policy vis-à-vis Nepal has not been "very successful". He thinks Delhi is not "putting as much pressure" on King Gyanendra as is "possible."
Although Narayanan feels Delhi was "making efforts to persuade" the monarch, he said, "It's not a very successful strategy I concede." The top official also expressed concern over the monarch's attempts to procure weapons from "elsewhere", and noted how the monarch made repeated assurances about restoring democracy.

In an interview with CNN-IBN television, he also said that New Delhi would welcome an understanding between political parties and Maoists but not "impose" democracy on Nepal. Asked about Delhi's support for Maoists who were considering a joint agitation with political parties, Narayanan said India had "reservations" about the rebels.

"I find it very difficult to believe that Maoists will eschew violence", he said, and stated that India "cannot enter into any kind of "arrangements" with them. His comments came as rebel Maoist emissaries wound up their second major understanding with SPA negotiators, much of the negotiations taking place on Indian territory itself.

The Kathmandu Post

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