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Crisis management - Should India and Nepal work on their relationship?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli Source: Getty Images

Mitra Pariyar highlights the huge number of Nepalese working in India and Gorkhas employed in the Indian army, protecting India's borders, as proof of strong people-to-people links between the two countries.

Recently, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli completed his historic visit to China.

Oli signed agreements that seek to bypass Nepal’s geographical dependence on India for trade routes.

While Nepali media has mostly hailed it as an “end” to India’s monopoly, Indian political observers and media also believe that Modi government has lost out to China.

Mitra Pariyar, a researcher based at Sydney’s Macquarie University, believes it is too early to pass immediate judgement.

Can this visit of Nepalese Prime Minister be seen in the light of the blockade of goods on India-Nepal border that led to shortages of essential commodities in Nepal?

Pariyar says that Nepal and India have a historical relationship.

He suggests that the Indian government should not take decisions under the influence of Madhesi leaders.

Pariyar highlights the huge number of Nepalese working in India and Gorkhas employed in the Indian army, protecting India’s borders, as proof of strong people-to-people links.

Listen to Amit Sarwal’s interview with Mitra Pariyar on how India and Nepal can work on their relationship.