Nepal awaits benevolent dictator; Pakistan to mediate Iran and Saudi conflict

By NP Upadhyaya -
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it, so had said thinker Frederic Bastiet long time back.
The unprecedented plunder that continues today in Nepal has been such that even the government owned land, lakes and bungalows have now become the private properties of the influential men in the government or those who wield commanding authorities in the political parties that unfortunately rule and run the imported system in the country.
Nepal was forced to import the system now in force in the year 2006. The rest is history. 
Monsieur Bishnu Poudel is the one political personality in the ruling Nepal Communist Party who is talked to be very close to the ailing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, has very skillfully grabbed a small chunk of the posh land in Baluatar almost free of cost. 
Mr. Poudel though denies this allegation but the entire government machinery has stood in defending Mr. Poudel instead of scolding the Party functionary for having misused the name of the party and its authority that has been established primarily to protect and preserve the rights of the proletariats of Nepal? 
However, Mr. Bishnu Poudel says issuing a press note that he bought the small chunk of the Baluatar land by paying the full amount and going through all the processes that are demanded by the government authorities at time of registering the land in one’s name.
Poudel is correct when he clarifies but the question is how could a land owned by the government could be registered into the name of a Nepali individual that Bishnu Poudel is?
Isn’t it a fraudulent practice? Definitely. Yet but once again the question is who will dare to bell Mr. Poudel and his “invisible” friends who also looted the government land of the Baluatar area en masse? 
Most importantly, who are the land mafia who dared to sell even the government owned properties?
If today these scoundrels are not penalized for their felony, then one fine morning the entire Tundikhal and the government secretariat could also be sold to someone who has the money and power like Mr. Poudel has.
Mr. Bishnu Poudel has recently been elevated who has now mysteriously become very close to PM Oli. 
All put together, Nepal needs the presence of a liberal dictator who could handle the deteriorating political trend which has unfortunately been associated with acts of broad day light corruption of the Himalayan scale but goes unnoticed or ignored by the competent government authorities. 
Millionaires are the Nepal’s communist ministers. This is unusual. 
The liberal dictator should jump into the political scene and correct the ailments that have made this country a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
Surely, after the import of the Republican order, this country has become guardian less which has allowed the domestic political animals to loot the country and its financial resources in whatever way they can.
The Indian loot is altogether a different matter which is a permanent phenomenon now after 2006. 
The entire country is awaiting the person who could act like a liberal dictator and nab all those corrupts now ruling so mercilessly this country under the instructions of the alien thugs and secessionists. 
The recent land grab case fortunately came to the fore and exposed a bit as to how the communists squeeze the nation and its innocent population.
This is just a representative sample case of the thousands of corruption cases that has simply stunned the national population who now conclude what if this set of corrupt rulers are allowed to stay in power for full five years?
Is the coward liberal dictator listening? Will he dare to regain the already lost glory and pride of this ancient nation? 
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli rebukes the accusations that the government has not been doing its duties up to the mark by saying that only those oppose the government who have made it a point to oppose. PM Oli is suffering some mysterious ailments it appears. His arrogance is sure to bring him to the foot path. 
PM Oli’s claims are simply ridiculous in that whatever he is saying in his defense is more than ridiculous and outrageous as well. 
The Congress spokesman, Mr. Bishwa Prakash Sharma even told recently that people now prefer not to watch the PM’s face as and when he appears on the national TV channels. 
This perhaps explains as to how the Communist Prime Minister of Nepal is being taken by its national population including the main namesake opposition. Hatred is there for PM Oli across the country. 
If things remain the same and PM Oli keeps on ignoring the gravity of the obtaining political situation then very soon the oppressed people shall begin praying the Almighty to free them from the Oli’s phenomenon once and for all. Hatred against PM Oli is increasing and is likely to burst any time soon. 
The advent of the benevolent dictator is eagerly awaited. 
PM Oli’s nationalist credentials have all gone to the dogs. His inner connections with the Indian regime remained intact even in the blockade days. He just got swayed momentarily by his whims and decided to keep himself away from the Medanta Hospital Regime for a while and gave an impression to all and sundry that he was closer to China.
However, China knew Oli’s inner designs but concluded that it was time to help Oli at time of the blockade because any such helps extended then to Nepal meant for the people of Nepal but not to the PM Oli personally.
China is not that fool not to have understood the Nepali Communists including PM Oli. Beijing knows how many times PM Oli was treated in Medanta Hospital for his renal impairment and that too for free. 
China is also in knowledge as to how KP Oli in the mid-nineties lobbied on behalf of the Indian regime and finally managed the ratification of the Mahakali Treaty from the Nepal’s Parliament. It was this lobbying efforts “with full sincerity” that Oli made on behalf of the Indian regime inched him closer to a regime which is now ruling the country through its Nepal stationed managers. 
To say bluntly and malice to none, China even doesn’t trust the Nepal President who is about to land in Beijing to attend to a program related with the China’s Belt and Road Initiative which is being also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan later this month.
Nepal President has just been invited to Beijing to send signals to India that Nepal could easily be seduced by Beijing should China so desire. But some agreements are being finalized this time during her Beijing trip. This is good news. 
Mrs. Bhandari’s presence in Beijing is nothing more than a ploy of the Chinese regime to send signals abroad that Nepal which is taken now as an Indian puppet could be at a go made subservient for the Nepali political animals, the Chinese believe so, do not possess integrity and love towards their motherland. 
Comparatively speaking, Pakistan is more important than Nepal in China’s scheme of things as regards the Belt and Road Initiative. The CPEC is the bond that keeps China and Pakistan friendship going. It shall grow further as both prefer to take each other as Iron brothers. 
Since Nepal is a signatory to the BRI so under compulsion China has to invite Nepal or else…who cares the corrupt nation. 
China has become extra sensitive towards Nepal with the ten days visit of the politically unstable weakest man in Nepal, Comrade Prachanda who visited the US for the treatment of his wife Mrs. Sita Dahal.
China fears that Prachanda may have assured while being in the US that he was round the clock available to play a crucial role in the Indo-Pacific strategy if the US reposed trust on him.
Prachanda has a complex that he may not be preferred by the US for his deep engagement with the core team who control the Indian regime as he spent some ten years in the Indian capital enjoying the government’s hospitality.
Some even say that the Indian regime exported Prachanda and Dr. BR Bhattarai to Nepal to keep Nepal under Indian control through the two Nepal Maoists leaders who resided in New Delhi for all along the tenure of the people’s war. 
However, the US reportedly trusted Prachanda for assigning him with a key “role” in the USs designed strategy because a trusted friend of New Delhi is automatically the friend of the US.
It is as simple as that. 
Moreover, Prachanda’s rating expectedly is high in the eyes of the US because PM Oli at times gives an impression that he was closer to China to which the US dislikes apparently.
Though the Indo-Pacific strategy is talked to be a platform which is to encircle China from all the possible sides, but even if it is so then yet Nepal can’t afford to lose a longtime friend America with whom this country established diplomatic relations much ahead of the birth of an Independent Indian republic in 1947. The US is a trusted friend of landlocked Nepal. 
However, while Nepal can’t and mustn’t leave China in the cold as a neighbor but concurrently it can also not ignore the US friendship for multiple reasons.
So Nepal must master the art of dynamic neutrality in the conduct of its foreign policy and keep its non-alignment policy intact. Have we such dip0lomats in our stock? 
China loves Nepal simply because Tibet need to be saved from external forces to which Nepal’s strategic location makes it difficult for others to intervene into Tibetan matters directly. 
Had China abundant love and honor for landlocked Nepal, she would then have rushed to assist Nepal on its own for the construction of roads and bridges that link Nepal with China in the North which in turn may have lessened Nepal’s over dependence on the Indian regime. China is in no mood to help Nepal in this regard. 
China even if she comes to assist Nepal, there is the fear that China may plunge Nepal in the much talked oceanic debt trap. The Chinese debt trap notion as is being disseminated by the Indian and the Western media too remains yet unanswered which alarms the Nepali people together with the media.
Unless China clears that all these were rumors spread by inimical forces near and far, Nepal too has reasons to believe that the theory of the Chinese debt trap is an instrument that time permitting could be used to twist Nepal for a variety of political reasons. 
Now that Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari is all set to visit China to attend a program in Beijing, fresh diplomatic reports reveal that India has already rejected China’s invitation to attend the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) meeting. 
This is the second time, India has turned down official invite from China to attend its BRI forum. The first time, India boycotted the meeting was in the year 2017.
It is this meet that Nepal is being represented by President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari. 
Last month March 2019, the Chinese authorities sent an official invitation to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), but the Indian government turned down the invite, owing to its concern over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The Indian Ambassador in Beijing Vikram Misri has already hinted Beijing that his country would prefer not to honor the Chinese invitation for the reasons that have already been made known to Beijing. 
China knew in advance that India shall deny the BRI meet invite. 
The Indian government has resolutely maintained that Beijing’s BRI project undermines India’s sovereignty in the form of CPEC which runs through the disputed territory of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the hell in earth, and overrides India’s strategic concerns.
While the Indian government thinks of its sovereignty but has regularly been undermining Nepal’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Border experts say that India by this time has gulped Nepali landmass that could house 15 Singapore, to speak bluntly. Some 60 thousands square miles of Nepali landmass is under Indian occupation now. 
Nepali land encroachment by India is not a matter of sovereignty for Nepal? And very shamefully, Nepali leaders including the Indo-pendent paid media prefer to skip this land encroachment issue for reasons that could be just guessed as a matter of fact. 
Xinhua sources opine that this year, representatives from well over 100 countries, including about 40 leaders of governments, will attend the second Belt and Road Forum to be held in Beijing. 
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among those who have confirmed their participation. Delhi’s presence would have added some strength to the BRI meet, however, Indian absence can easily be forgotten. 
According to a report, in the past one year, China has intensified its diplomatic engagement with the new government in Thimpu in order to wean it away from India’s sphere of influence. Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with China. 
However, in the recent past Beijing has actively courted Bhutan with regular visits of Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui. Chinese foreign minister Kong Xuanyou also visited the landlocked nation last year as was reported by
Chances of Bhutan attending the BRI meet in Beijing appear thus remote for fear of being penalized by New Delhi-the dreaded Goliath of this South Asian region. 
But Bhutan one fine morning shall slip from the firm grip of Indian terror machine. The Bhutanese youths now hate India. 
However, the just elected Prime Minister of Bhutan is trying his best to decrease Bhutan’s dependency on India. China must double its efforts aimed at convincing Bhutan. 
Bangladesh which in effect wants to keep a comfortable distance with India is most likely to attend the meet. The Maldives and Sri Lanka are supposed to honor the Beijing invite. 
News trickling from Pakistani sources claim that the country was trying to convince both the countries, the US and Afghanistan, about its neutrality in the Afghan turmoil.
“We support Taliban talks but we don’t support any group. We only support peace,” said one Pak official, citing the recent contacts with the US and Afghanistan to some media sources.
“Pakistan has been very clear that we will continue to support the Afghan peace process,” the unnamed official told. 
On the other hand the deepening relationship between Pakistan and the Gulf states comes at a period of high tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose border with Pakistan has also been the site of periodic clashes and whose past efforts to launch a gas pipeline project linking the two countries remains stalled. 
Pakistan Prime Minister during his Iran visit is likely to act like a mediator in between the two declared rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia.
But will PM Khan be able to patch the difference between the two rivals? 
Iran has some annoyance with Pakistan as well. However, this visit, April 21, 2019, to Iran shall patch the differences between Iran and Pakistan expectedly. 
While Prime Minister Imran Khan has professed a desire to serve as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan faces an increasingly challenging diplomatic balancing act. 
After reportedly signing agreements with Saudi Arabia worth $20 billion during a visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan this February, Islamabad is turning towards Riyadh’s regional adversary, Tehran.
Back in Nepal, observers opine that Imran Khan’s modest political overtures shall be heard and listened by both the leadership in Iran and Saudi Arabia. PM Khan is expected to convince the Arabian and the Iranian friends that the Muslims nations need to unite for a variety of political reasons at least to lessen the hatred against the Muslim world. New Zealand being the fresh case wherein some forty Muslims were gunned down in a mosque. 
Finally, will Khan be able to strike a balance in between Iran and Saudi Arabia? It is here that the PM Khan’s political and diplomatic acumen shall be tested soon. Hope he mediates to the satisfaction of both Iran and Saudi Arabia. That’s all.

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