Nepali Times
From The Nepali Press
Pokhrel on India



"I was about to board the plane to fly back home on 29 December in New Delhi after attending a two-day conference jointly organised by the Association of Nepali Diaspora in India and the All India Nepali Free Students' Union. All of a sudden, Indian security personnel took me away from the departure lounge. Diferent officers took turns interrogating me between 10PM-3AM. They were out to humiliate and intimidate, and I could not understand why they persisted in their behaviour when I clearly stated my legal and political status. The program I attended was organised with the consent of the local administration and security agency, so why was I mistreated? Perhaps through my arrest they wanted to salvage their tarnished diplomatic image following their intimidation tactics with Nepal and their double-speak regarding the Maoists.

Indian rulers have always maintained double standards toward Nepal after their independence from the British. The objective of such a policy is to harness Nepal's natural resources for its use. It was India that made late King Tribhuuban flee his palace and take refuge in its embassy before being 'evacuated' to New Delhi. The Indian government caused the movement in Nepal to flare up in the name of the ousted king. The idea was to compel Mohan Shumshere to sign a treaty in 1950 that was so unequal that it was an insult. The Rana prime minister was already on shaky ground without the patronage of the British who had already left India. It is this same treaty that has become a noose around the neck of Nepalis today."


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