Why India-Nepal Relationship Faces A Tumultuous Time

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in a jolly mood when he returned home after participating in the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu on August 30-31.

He was still in event mode — without sensing the trouble that was looming large just before the BIMSTEC Members’ Joint Military Drill planned in Pune.

As understood, the key reasons that let the euphoria linger for a little while included the following: a) BIMSTEC took some key decisions positioning itself as an alternative to SAARC; b) It was Modi’s third meeting with Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in the short span of four months, and during his latest visit to Kathmandu, the two countries signed a railway agreement. Read More

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