Nepal is the Himalayan nation sharing borders with India and heralding cross-border and bilateral ties that goes long back in time. Indo-Nepal relations have seen lot of highs and lows in the past and the recent years since the change of guard from monarchy to its political upheaval with the establishment of democracy with a constitution framed in 2015.
The peace treaty of friendship signed between India and Nepal in 1950 has also been a subject of constant debate blurring the democratic status of the mountain state with respect to its immediate neighbours India and China.
Also the recent set up of the Leftist coalition government led by Prime Minister KP Oli and the Nepali Maoist Centre has raised India’s concerns over its strategic partnership with the landlocked nation which is also under greater influence from China.
Indian relations with Nepal were disrupted in 2015 when the Madhesis belonging to Indian origin brought down the house in demand of equal representation in the parliament. But with the recent Leftist Pro-China government led by KP Oli coming to power, Indo-Nepal relations are heading towards an enhanced bilateral and economic cooperation and strategic partnerships and establish peace in the region.
India has a noble reputation of having stable relations with its Himalayan neighbour and there are many Nepalese inhabitants in India who are living in peace and harmony, holding India in high spirits of tolerance. We are about to take a sneak peek at views from a Nepalese resident in India Suyash Kharel, the secretary of NSHH (Nepalese Students Helping Hands), an umbrella organization for all the Nepalese students working here. It works for the common cause of all the Nepalese students in India, helping them to find jobs, accommodation and enrollment in some of the premier institutes in India.
It also organizes cultural programmes to help the Nepalese community connect to each other with their large network. Suyash is a student and it’s his undying zeal to explore that brought him to the secular nation of India.
India has a prominent circle of Indian citizens with Nepalese origin, right from footballer Sunil Chhetri, Shiv Thapa, to dazzling star Manisha Koirala donning many hits, popular crooner Udit Narayan with so many hit songs in his kitty and who can forget the giggly boy who made his star studded appearance in ISL playing for the Delhi Daredevils.
Sandeep Lamicchane who made his national debut at the age of 15 and was the lead wicket taker in the under-19 cricket world cup in 2016, is a cricket prodigy Nepal can be proud of.
These Nepalese in India are noteworthy for their commendable achievements in their respective fields taking Indo-Nepal relations to the new heights.
Suyash feels that in spite of the change in political scenario of Nepal post recent parliamentary elections, there hasn’t been any change in normal ties between the citizens of both countries.
People from both the nations have high respects for each other encouraging greater cross border relations and interaction in different areas of development. Suyash admits the fact India has always welcomed people from Nepalese origin with open arms and the same stands true for the Indian people from Nepalese origin as well. He considers himself as a citizen of the globe.
He gives credit to Sandeep Lamicchane and Jeetu Rai both sportsmen from Nepal who have won accolades for their remarkable achievement in sports field.
Jeetu Rai is from Nepal but has gained Indian citizenship to participate in 10m and 50 m air pistol events. He was conferred the Khel Ratna award in 2016 and also won a gold and silver medals at the ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation).
In the 2014 Common Wealth games, Jeetu set the games record by scoring 562 points in the 50 metres pistol event.He even went on to win the gold in the finals with 196.1 points setting yet another games record.
Continuing his track record of accomplishments Jeetu won a gold medal in the 50m event 2014 Asian Games held in South Korea and also flipped a bronze in the 10 m category.
On asking if India was the better location for future prospects, he said that people always move to countries with brighter prospects, including India, so considering their urge to migrate to developed nations, Nepalese wish to move all across the globe.
Suyash says his role model is none other than former US President Barack Obama, who said people of the world must unite for a common cause and lift each other for a better and brighter tomorrow.
He also holds great regards for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a great leader and a visionary who can boost Indo-Nepal relations and raise the bar of progress at various sections of trade, culture, defence and economic levels, bringing the people closer.
Even though he is pursuing his studies in India Suyash misses his home back in the mountains of Nepal.
The inset video gives us more insight into the views of Indo-Nepal ties as narrated by Suyash Kharel.