The very premise of the "special-relations" is flawed, and so are its futile implementation attempts by the Indian side. Undoubtedly, India wants Nepal to be a good neighbor. In that case, Indian policymakers should shun the mindset of 'special relations’ and focus on friendly and good neighborly relations between the two sovereign countries, putting all major bilateral issues -- including the inert 1950 Treaty -- on the table for renegotiation.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Nepal's ambassador to India, Nilamber Acharya held a meeting with chief minister of the Indian State of Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that the recent visit of Samant Goel, chief of India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to Nepal helped bring ‘Nepal-India relations on track’.

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae has said that the upcoming visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Nepal should focus on holding concrete discussions on all contentious issues between the two countries including the border dispute, Eminent Persons’ Group’s (EPG) report and issue about expediting mega-development projects that have failed to see implementation.

As the diplomats of the two countries meet on August 17, Nepal will have to come up with a clear road map in attaching border-related issues on the list.

The Limpiadhura, Kalapani, Lipulekh border dispute has taken Nepal-India relation to one of its historic lows. In the immediate aftermath of changing maps and heated debates calling their own claims as based on historical evidence and questioning the motive of the other, a “cooling down” period to prevent relations from deteriorating further may be needed. But sooner than later both South Asian neighbors, interlinked with inextricable bonds of history, geography, politics, economics, culture and religion, must meet to resolve the problem through serious and friendly negotiations.

KATHMANDU, March 1: Newly appointed Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra has arrived here in Kathmandu on Sunday to take up his diplomatic assignment.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the second integrated check post (ICP) at Biratnagar- Jogbani border point along Nepal-India border, on Tuesday.

Cartographic aggression

November 19, 2019 13:53 pm

Nepal-India relations have been on the rocks because of India’s recent release of a political map in which Nepal’s territories of Kalapani area have been subsumed into Indian territory. Nepal government has already objected to this unilateral action of India as unacceptable.

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Amid calls from various quarters that the issues surrounding Kalapani and other territories should be resolved through high-level diplomatic negotiations between India and Nepal, the government has started necessary homework to gather historical evidences that support its claim that Kalapani and other territories encroached by India originally belonged to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Top political leaders including former prime ministers and noted boundary experts have suggested to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to reclaim Nepali territory encroached by India in Darchula district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Former Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers have suggested Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to resolve existing border disputes including Kalapani.

What ails Nepal-India relations?

October 20, 2019 00:30 am

Are various treaties and agreements signed between Nepal and India responsible? Or is it the hegemonic or paternalistic nature of Indian state and the small state syndrome of Nepal?

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: The fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission was concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday evening.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Senior officials from Nepal and India on Thursday reviewed the status of implementation of the various projects including those pertaining to agriculture, connectivity, railway, waterways and other infrastructure.