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Open letter to western envoys



You must be having fun watching the Delhi Marathon of the king, the Maoists and the parliamentary leadership. You must be thinking all roads lead to Delhi. The American ambassador in Delhi has said it many times: the US is ready to let India take the lead in solving Nepal's problems. Britain's view seems similar. Even the UN wants to know what India is thinking before committing. But, excellencies, Nepal is not India's internal affair we are not Uttar Pradesh. India and Nepal are not big brother and small brother, they are two sovereign nations. Yes, in the past 60 years it does look like Delhi is Nepal's political Mecca and Medina, Jerusalem, Lumbini and Pashupati. But we are paying the price of permanent anarchy because of that position. Handing Nepal over in a platter to India will be international injustice. Nepal may be wounded but it is a nation that is alive, it is not a project that India can \'deal' with. Please don't think of Nepal as Delhi's backyard or a chessboard. Peace here is linked to social and political justice not to guns. A neglected populace forgotten by history and politics demands a voice and justice. By putting the king in the centre, parliamentary forces on the sidelines and the Maoists outside, looking for a solution with Indian mediation will be a recipe for long-term instability. We have a lot of past wounds we have to lick: King Tribhuban's exit, the 1950 agreement written by Jawaharlal Nehru, Kosi and Gandak treaties, King Mahendra's agreement to gift Kalapani in order to protect the Panchayat system and the Congress, UML and RPP all agreed to the Mahakali Treaty to earn the pat of the southern friend. Excellencies, now you must strengthen Nepal's self-sufficiency. You must make the UN the referee and through the medium of the constituent assembly, move towards a peaceful transformation. Otherwise this could sow the seeds of a Third World War.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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