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Modi's Nepal visit

Narendra Modi’s Nepal trip seemed to be personal, political and geopolitical, all rolled into one. The visit did gladden many Nepalis but left open the question as to how the Prime Minister plans to reach out to the other South Asian neighbours

 

After a hiatus of nearly two decades, an Indian Prime Minister finally visited Nepal. Prior to Narendra Modi’s visit, Nepal had been caught in a web of speculation. The right wing had been boasting of Nepal’s gradual return to the past under the influence of the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in India, and the left feared being ostracised by the new government by undoing Nepal’s shift towards a federal democratic republic. 

 
It was as if nature had a message for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just before he began his Nepal visit earlier this week. The massive landslide in Sindhupalchok—which claimed many lives and property and threatened downstream human settlements as far as Bihar—was indeed a stark reminder that development and disaster can be a double-edged sword.  
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a highly successful visit to Nepal. The visit has radically changed the discourse in Nepal on India -- from being cantankerous to friendly and cooperative. 

 

Modimania has gripped Nepal since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the Constituent Assembly/Parliament on Sunday. But how long Modimania will detoxify Indophobia among Nepalis will depend on the attitude and intention of India’s permanent establishment and Nepali leaders’ own work.

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck all the right notes during his maiden visit to Nepal, a leading Nepali daily said.

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just-concluded Nepal visit has been successful beyond expectations and may be seen as an extension of the importance being given to the neighbors writes C Uday Bhaskar

 

Mr. Modi’s speech got much praise, and was received very well by all lawmakers. In terms of concrete objectives though, what do you think his visit achieved.

 

His popularity has reached new heights, and now people are lining up outside his family's small house in a Nepal village to catch a glimpse of him.

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended a historic two-day Nepal visit on a positive note, urging political leaders to work together for a new constitution and stressing the need for greater economic and strategic cooperation between the two neighbouring nations that have strong civilizational ties.

 


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