Friday, January 29, 2010

Hindi-Nepali bhai bhai...

Nepal, a North-eastern neighbour with high hopes and expectations, looks forward to India for greater cooperation and help as it wants to emerge as an independent economy. B&E explores its demands and expectations in an exclusive interaction with the Nepalese diplomat in India.

“5 things Nepal appreciates about India...”

PAN-BORDER INITIATIVE: Nepal considers India as one of the closest neighbours possible. One of the best things about India is its decision of pan-border initiative. There is nothing more important for bilateral relations between two countries other than free movement of people, which diplomats term as ‘people-to-people’ contact.

FRIENDLY PEOPLE: Indians are very friendly. Lakhs of Nepalese work in Indian companies without much objection and discrimination. There can’t be a better gift than this as giving employment to the people is one of the best ways to help a neighbour. Not only that, there has been enough government support on the bilateral front. The recent inclusion of Nepalese in Indian Gorkha rifle regiment is a matter of prestige for Nepal and its people.

SOCIETY: There is also a lot to learn from Indian society and how it functions. Indian culture is one of the oldest and purest in the world. Prolonged existence of such a diverse society is not a matter of joke, as Nepal perceives.

DEMOCRACY: There is also a lot to learn from India’s form of democracy. Though there are flaws like corruption, poor governance or lack of transparency, attributes that democratic India has incorporated are praiseworthy. Nepal, with a history of life-long monarchy system, warmly acknowledges and tributes India for its achievement in regard to freedom of people, giving the right to vote to its citizens.

ECONOMIC TIES: Economic and trade relations with Nepal are satisfactory and a major boost for bilateral relations. The total trade of Nepal in 2006-07 was Rs.252 billion ($6 billion), of which 63.2 percent was with India.

“And the 5 things we dislike...”

BILATERAL TIES: Good relations with India are one of the primary priorities of Nepal’s external policy. India certainly needs to be proactive.

INVESTMENT: Nepal is a tiny as well as poor country. Thus, it needs enough help, support and aid from neighbours. In his recent visit to India, the Nepalese Prime Minister warmly invited Indian companies to invest in their land. There has not been enough response from the Indian side on this front. India’s health care system and standard of education are superior over others; Nepal can greatly be benefited by these too.

POWER GENERATION: Being a poor nation, Nepal is incapable of generating adequate power for the country’s need. Hence, it urges immediate help in the field of power supply. Even after repeated urges, Nepal does not seem to have got a positive response from India as the Indian government seems to have been unable to decide upon the issue.

WATER SUPPLY: Nepal also lacks adequate infrastructure for water conservation. As rivers flow between both the countries, there is need for cooperation among each other for mutual benefit.

TOURISM: India is the biggest neighbour for Nepal even in terms of influx of tourists. Earning from tourism is one of the primary sources for Nepal where India contributes significantly. Still, there seems to be a lack of proactive policy initiatives from India. Nepal is coming up with various tourism products. The snow fall, mountains and even cultural heritage adds to its beauty. All in all, Nepal wants stronger bilateral relations with India in all possible fronts, which doesn’t seem to be materializing nicely because of India’s less participation.
For Complete IIPM Article, Click on IIPM Article

Source :
IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

Read these article :-

No comments: