Nepal – Why democracy will work, and the China card will not

The Nepalese people are pro-India

A guest author on United We Blog lays to rest some myths that have gained currency in recent years — that Nepal’s decade of democracy failed, and that King Gyanendra’s use of the China card will actually work.

It is a fact that today there are 22 official transit routes from India to Nepal which allows Nepal to import commodities like salt and other important daily usage items. Currently, China has 2 “trade” routes with Nepal but no transit routes. Which means goods from countries other than China are simply not allowed into Nepal based on the 1961 treaty signed by B.P. Koirala (democratically elected leader) in Beijing…

I come from a Terai village where there is no problem of constructing roads, bringing electricity, irrigation etc, but during the Panchayat kaal nothing was done for years and years even if there was everything available only 3 kilometers away in the district capital. After democracy was restored in 1990, our village and most other neighboring villages did in fact see electricity, new roads, irrigation facilities etc. Poor farmers started earning more money and eventually we started to see cable TV, mobile phones with people in our village. There are thousands of villages in Nepal that share this testimony so it is complete hoax and propaganda on the part of the King to say that nothing was done during the 12 years of parliamentary democracy. It is true that there were corrupt politicians, but it was the same parliament that created an independent commission for investigation abuse of authority that did in fact prosecute number of corrupt politicians… [UWB]

Blogdai, that mysterious blogger from Nepal, shares the same view on Nepal-China relations.

China couldn’t care less about Nepal and their worthless trade deficit. China has no use for anything in Nepal that doesn’t have to do with either buffering against India or harrassing Tibetans. China built, and is building roads up to the Nepal border at precisely the points where tibetans are known to cross on their way to India, not where any major Nepali commerce centers are located. Nepal lauded this as a free trade victory; bringing prosperity and commerce from China, through Nepal and into India. Sorry, when China wanted to trade with India, they mended fences near Yatung and re-opened that direct crossing into Sikkim. Some trade partner, Nepal…[Nepal Now]

7 thoughts on “Nepal – Why democracy will work, and the China card will not”

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  2. I fear that it may well be a case of both the King and New Delhi playing Nero while the maoists take over the country. So how does it matter that a majority of Nepalese are pro-India if the maoists take Kathmandu? As if the maoists care any more about Nepal’s longterm public interest than does Beijing – their probable financier and moral supporter?

    Nepal will surely fall into Beijing’s arms then and we would be none the better off for it.

  3. Not sure if we are reading the other blogs correctly. Nepalis have a shared culture with India and see us as “natural allies” but that doesn’t mean blind love of sorts. Have we rejected the King’s approach without sufficient thinking?

    True, the royal coup is a setback for democracy – but haven’t we imposed “President’s rule” in Kashmir, Assam and Punjab when the situation was getting out of hand. It could be argued that these states were still ruled by an elected govt (central govt). Nonetheless, imposition of President’s rule in these states was a temporary setback for the local democracy in the larger long term interest of the states and the country.

    Question is whether the king will be like the Indian central govt OR will he take the gola (affectionate epithet for Mush – from BR 🙂 route where he becomes convinced that he alone is the savior of his people.

  4. Manu,

    The comparison with President’s rule in Indian states is not very correct. Imposition of President’s rule happens within the context of the constitution, and even then, it does not involve arrest of politicians, censorship of the press and suspension of civil liberties.

    If Gyanendra’s quarrel is with the Maoists, why are ordinary citizens and politicians bearing the brunt of his rule?

  5. The Nepalese people are not pro-Indian at all.

    I’ve been to Nepal a couple of times, and family members of mine have been there too. This has been at different time periods, when Nepal was a monarchy, when it was a constitutional monarchy etc. There is no love lost for India among the Nepalese people. Its not surprising really, a small landlocked country between 2 much more powerful ones is not likely to be well disposed towards either [ Consider Poland sandwiched between Russia and Germany].

    The most you can say is that Nepalese are far more distrustful of China than India.

  6. India has been always trying to play big brother to Nepal. For this Nepali have deep hatred from India. So called Democracy was piggybacked with India support to Nepal. Nepal has been turned to peaceful and tranquil country as it once was over night. Taking over the executive power by King Gyanendra was his ultimate Royal duty. All the citizen of Nepal are happy and pleased and are in view that King has taken up the executive power for the people and the country.

    Only three kind of people are unhappy the Politician/ Communist Terrorist, who have been looting the public money. So called Human right Activist who have enriched themselves from ill-gotten money from donation from the INGO’s and Foreign Embassies. And some Journalists/Intellectuals and Students who also were part of this lootings. All of the above people number about only five thousand. The rest of Nepal 26 Million are happy and tranquil.

    Nepal has not been with good relation with China because India was always there and did not wanted Nepal to have been in good relation with China. India has forgotten Nepal was never enslaved like them and will not tolerate bossing around.

    China had secured an ADB project to build road in Nepal but India protested it and had to be cancelled. Nepali like and respect China and hate India. It has been three months the Ambassador of India has been trying to meet the King with out success. One thigh is clear now India dose not have any influence in Nepal. All of Nepal know Indian the puppet Politician like Girija Koiral and his family are corrupt and will go to jail soon

  7. Nepalese always feel proud not ever been ruled by a foreign power.Even Afghanistan never was. The truth is that the country was inaccessible and Nepal has no oil and minerals to explore. If Iraq can be conquered for oil Nepal never had a chance! Let us not be hypocrites. Nepal was ruled poorly by the rulers that be. What was the ruler doing so that people remained such abject poor? How many schools were there in 1950s and 60s when British made Universities in India 100 years before that? Let us not be fools. We have been exploited by all those that have ruled us for centuries. Now the ghost of misdeeds have come to roost. Have you heard of Millions of dollars gone missing several times from foreign aid? Has it ever been reported by the media? Do you know who siphoned the sum?
    The middle class here is even worse. They are fed with the idea that India is the main reason for all the misfortunes. What a shame.We are an independent country.We like it or leave it. We can not play a bogus China card to make India jealous. That kind of diplomacy is self destructive. Nepal has to fight its won war. We have to conscript able soldiers. We have to overcome those thugs who rule the rural areas. The anarchy has to end. All the money earned by the government should mainly be spent on soldiers. They must put and end to violence. That can not be done diplomatically. More gunds to the soldiers can only bring lasing peace in the region. Then nation building can follow. Let us forget what Indian government is saying. Let us buy ammunition from elsewhere if needed. But we have to fight to the finish of this dirty game of politics. We shall win.

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