A New Political Reality In Backyard: India Must Face Chinese Presence In Nepal

Nepal’s squabbling political leaders have now openly dragged India into their domestic fight for power. Last week, Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli publicly accused Delhi of collaborating with some elements in Kathmandu, referring to his opponents, to oust him from power. His critics want proof from the Prime Minister to back his accusation.

The demand for Oli’s removal is growing from within the party leadership. His opponents, including stalwarts of the Nepal Communist Party, like Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam, have all asked Oli to step down and make way for a new prime minister.

In Nepal, India and China are jostling for influence. India, Nepal’s traditional ally, had in recent years watched China steadily spreading its wings in the Himalayan nation. The fact that the Communists are in power in Nepal has helped China. However, in the past too, Nepal had often tried to balance its ties with India by bringing up the China card.

When the monarchy was in place, the palace had a direct link to China. India should accept this as a part of the region’s new political reality. Every nation seeks for strategic choice when wedged between two big powers.

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