By Safi Nasim
India’s ugly designs in the neighbouring countries have led these countries to take appropriate steps to check and neutralize Indian interventions in domestic as well as external matters. In a recent move, Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. As per the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) direction, Nepali citizen would be unable to spend more than 1 lakh per month while paying for goods and services in India. Apart from impacting the spending trends of Nepali consumers and tourists in India, capping expenditure is also expected to influence trade in the India- Nepal border areas where Nepali businessmen usually pay in Indian currency.
Reportedly, Nepal has been confronted with a series of issues with the Indian currency since Modi had launched the process of demonetization in November 2016. Moreover, Nepal govt’s move is aimed at securing the economy of the country from any fallout of demonetization in the future.
As per different economists, the Nepalese govt’s move will further the frosty phase of Indo-Nepal relations as India is desperate in maint/recreating the influence over Nepal. Kathmandu-based expert Achyui Wagle maint that said India’s demonetization had created a negative sentiment in Nepal and the country had acted without consulting India.
India considers South Asia as her sphere of influence, Nepal’s recent move to un-yoke itself from Indian influence is appreciable. Moreover, Nepal is thickening its ties with China which also increases the agonies of India.
Nepal has been frequently targeted to serve as a client state. The country has many a time tried to break the octopus squeeze of India, but due to geographically landlocked position, contiguity and trade dependence, Nepal had to compromise to avoid the wrath of India. Reportedly, India has remained involved in human trafficking of Nepalese girls, women and children later ending up as sex workers. UN and Nepalese NGO also confirmed that Nepal’s Earthquake tragedy was exploited ruthlessly by the Indian agents. They sold many Nepalese trafficked persons at a rate of $570 per girl.
Since 2015 adaptation of consensus constitution, India has been using different tactics to press Nepal. In the same year, India resorted to fuel/oil blockade of Nepal, resulting in generating unusually strong reacting from Nepalese people. With the coming of PM K P Shrama Oli in power, Indo-Nepal. The incumbent Nepalese govt is against Indian interventionism in the neighbourhood during recent BIMSTEC conf in Nepal, India was show casing the org as an alternate of SAARC, whereas, the Nepalese PM K P Shrama Oli dispelled Indian impression and rejected BIMSTEC a complimentary to SAARC.
Pakistan has been continuously informing the international community regarding the Indian state sponsored terrorist proxies/interventionist stratagem. It is India which doesn’t want prosperity and regional peace to prevail in the South Asia as evident from rendering “SAARC” forum almost redundant. Pakistan needs to intensify engagements with K P Shrama Oli govt and other neighbouring countries to revive SAARC activities.
The writer is a political analyst; views expressed by him are entirely his own.