Nepal under UN administration?

And India agreed?

News Insight reports that India’s Nepal policy is back on its rails — India has just endorsed a plan to hand the keys over to, well, the United Nations!

The broad contours of the plan are this. King Gyanendra will give over such executive powers that he usurped from the elected government which he dismissed on 1 February this year to the United Nations. The UN gets to administer Nepal for one year in which it will implement twenty mega development projects in remote locations of the kingdom, revive police institutions to restore public confidence in them, and hold free and fair internationally monitored elections.

Side by side, the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) and the Maoists will agree to a ceasefire, and since the Maoists are losing the military battle, the UN plan gives them a face-saver to come to the negotiating table and get something instead of nothing. [News Insight]

It is positively wierd for India to allow the UN bureaucracy to unfold its tent in Nepal. If the situation in Nepal has reached an impasse and intervention is deemed necessary, this is a job that India needs to do on its own, or at best at the head of a coalition of the willing.

One reason why the UN umbrella may be seen as necessary is as a fig leaf to cover an India-led intervention that would raise hackles in China. But the UN umbrella will concede greater diplomatic and political leverage to China while it will be Indian troops that are in the line of fire. Various international actors, with various motives and commitments will find their way to Kathmandu. There is little reason for India to submit itself to the rabble of international actors on a question that has much to do with its own national security.

There is a far simpler, and less masochistic way for India to intervene in Nepal. It can ask for UN endorsement. If this is not forthcoming, India should be prepared to go in alone.

2 thoughts on “Nepal under UN administration?”

  1. I can’t say I agree with the arguement. I believe that Nepal has little to offer other nations than a vacation and so find any ulterior motive on part of the UN hard to swallow. A stable Nepal, be it due to the handy work of India or the UN, is in India’s best interest (especially since we suffer from similar maoist threats ourselves). If we are to stop such a development, one that say the Nepali’s are for, how will they not miscontrue our intentions and more so the aid we have for so long been giving them. In the long term the UN will not be the one giving continous aid to Nepal, it will still be India.

    I can see why you think China’s security council powers might make you a bit warry, but look at it this way. China is beginning to develop the western part of its country. It will be only a matter of time before it is able to administer as much soft power over Nepal as we are. All the more reason to try and look for a more immediate solution.

    Perhaps it is better to allow the international community a year to try and fix the problem, so long as it can assure India that it will only be for a year

  2. To,
    UNITED NATIONS
    HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
    REPRESENTATION IN NEPAL

    Sub: Regarding the Refugee fund

    Dear Sir,
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    I have decided strongly to take this step and will inform to all the human rights office and media. This is my last request because I cannot see my family hungry and homeless.
    Thanking you

    (zafar ahmad)
    UNHCR Registration No: PAK/52+3

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