Lost opportunities due to current bad blood between India and Nepal will have a long-term impact.
India-Nepal relations are at an all-time low and there can be nothing more unfortunate at this hour of need when Nepal has just suffered that devastating earthquake amid unending political instability.
The UK is immensely proud of 200 years of cooperation between Britain and Nepal. Through our visit we hope to have further strengthened the social, economic and political bonds between our two countries.
We arrive more than one year on from the 2015 earthquakes and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives. We continue to be filled with admiration for the spirit and resilience of Nepali people.
Blockade created favorable climate for unscrupulous traders to do more transactions off the official radar
The recent unofficial Indian blockade had a debilitating effect on Nepali economy already crippled by poor growth in manufacturing and agriculture, high inflation, never-ending blackouts and low infrastructure investment. Illegal trading activities grew not only in border towns, but also in urban areas where demand for essential goods is relatively high.
The argument that the Himalayas offer the best defense against China is contradicted by rapid expansion of Chinese rail lines in Tibetan plateau
A few weeks ago I was talking to a New Delhi-based Nepali academic who has closely followed recent Nepal-India engagements.