(Nepal Foreign Affairs, DECEMBER 8)– On Monday, 7th December, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took time to address the Upper House of Indian parliament responding to the questions on Nepal raised by the members. Most of the questions were pertinent and sharp.
It was expected and interesting to know that the experienced members like Sharad Yadav, Dr. Karan Singh, DP Tripathy are very well-informed about Nepal affairs. But the most outstanding of them was Mani Shankar Aiyer. He not only researched about the current Nepal issues, but also presented them convincingly in the House.
In response, Sushma Swaraj tried to defend her government and policies towards Nepal. She was defensive at best. In her speech, she made some true statements but she mostly misinformed the Indian parliament regarding the new constitution and current situation in Nepal.
First, some true statements.
Let’s come to the false statements now. These statements are often propagated by the Indian media, former diplomats and bureaucrats to make their point against Nepal’s new constitution. It is surprising that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite its close relations with Nepal, depends wholly on the propaganda over facts.
On behalf of the BJP, its Secretary General Ram Madhav has been deployed to see this through. He coordinates BJP and Modi government on Nepal affairs. Ram Madhav, on behalf of the BJP and its government, had proposed Nepal as a Hindu State during the meetings with former Nepal prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Puspa Kamal Dahal when they were in Delhi last year.Nepali leaders had replied that it was subject to debate in Nepal.
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