China At Our Gates: The Fallout Of India’s Botched Nepal Strategy
Huffington Post India
On a recent visit to Nepal, I realised how the country was too India. In fact, as you enter Nepal’s Terai regions you will feel as though you are driving on any other highway in Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The clothes, the culture, the food and the language are all the same—yet as you drive further you can sense the mood changing.
The people from the hills are becoming increasingly unhappy with India due to its perceived interference in Nepal’s internal affairs. Taking advantage of this, the Chinese influence in Nepal is at an upsurge and if ground reports are to be believed then over the past year or so, the Chinese have opened 32 border crossing points into Nepal. This poses a clear and present danger to India’s national security interests. However, its current foreign policy initiatives are doing little to bridge the chasm in Indo-Nepal relations. …