In principle and official pronouncements, India-Nepal relations have always an exemplary brotherly bond. The reality, however, is markedly different. It has remained acrimonious at the core but was always enveloped in a veneer of unparalleled amity. After the current territorial row that plunged bilateral relations to rock bottom, that long-held façade of a special bond has crumbled like a house of cards.
Irrespective of how putrid the Oli led government maybe for its excesses, the Nepali people will stand unwaveringly united and support the government over the border dispute with India. Any sinister attempt to wedge a divide is bound to fuel more resentment.