Undesired Apprehension in Neighborly Relations
It is very unfortunate that Nepal's democratically elected Prime Minister Prachanda had to give a piece of shameful explanation to media as soon as he landed at the airport after a four-day visit to China.
Due to Nepal's internal political dilemma, neither the head of the state nor the head of the government was able to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics where heads of states and govenments of more than 80 countries attended.
Even US President George Bush was one of the prominet guests at the opening ceremony of the Beijng Olympics.
But Indian leaders had indirectly advised Nepal's government head Prachanda not to prefer to visit China over India, diplomatic sources confim.
This diffused information has really made the Nepalis serious about their very independence and sovereignty.
Prachanda, upon arrival from China yesterday, explained that his visit to China was quite informal though he met Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao wtih whom he shared about changes in Nepal. Talking to journalists at the airport, he said that his first visit of political nature would be to India.
What Prime Minister Prachanda said regarding his China visit was something that could undermine Nepal's sovereignty. He should immediately make clear that he is not undermining people's dignity.
If Indian leaderships think so narrowly as to Nepal's natural right to maintain friendly and neighborly relations with China, this is not Nepal's problem. Why should Nepal's prime minister justify to India about his visit to China?
Similarly, Indian leaderships should also make clear that Nepali head of the state or the government need not take any permission from India before visiting China or any other country.
Moreover, it is vital for India to be free from the colonialist mentality imposed upon them by the British.