When PM Dahal meets up PM Modi in mid-September this year, India-Nepal relations will be in the hands of two most celebrated and also most controversial politicians of the region. They will have a historical opportunity to help alleviate the suffering of millions of Nepalis who are fighting poverty after the catastrophic April 2015 earthquake.
As Bihar becomes the fifth state in India after Kerala, Manipur, Nagaland and Gujarat to implement total prohibition on drinking, there is a daily hide and seek being played out in the bordering districts between those used to drinking and authorities who are up to the task to ensure that they don’t.
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.