India and Nepal are known for their close mutual relations, which just got stronger as both countries just signed 8 new MoU pacts to counter drug trafficking and post-quake rebuild in Nepal. Nepal also assured its backing for India for the Indo-Chinese Doklam issue.
The Himalayan mountainous country – Nepal, has been India’s close ally and friend since ages as they share common historic, cultural as well as economical values. Sandwiched between two giant countries under dispute, Nepal has indirectly shown its back towards India. Recently, PM Modi and Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba discussed strategic and regional issues and soon after the talk, Indian and Nepalese officials signed a total of 8 pacts. These 8 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) focus on jointly countering drug trafficking, including four that focuses on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal. The reconstruction will be related to residential reconstruction, education, health and cultural heritage reconstruction.
Being one of the two buffer countries between India and China, Bhutan has always bid for Delhi in terms of diplomacy on Doklam issue; but on the other hand, Nepal has tried to remain neutral with bigger bargains from both countries. Amidst all the diplomatic gameplays, Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba is in New Delhi on a five-day state visit and the country seems to be weighing towards India with its tries to strengthen bilateral relations with India. During one of his talks, Deuba said that Nepal will ‘never allow any anti-India activities from its soil’ and also that Nepal is reconsidering its neutral stand in the Doklam standoff.
This statement indicates a major change in Nepal’s policy and approach for Doklam, because earlier, Nepalese official had said that Nepal will continue to be neutral as it doesn’t want to be dragged into territorial disputes of India and China. But now, Nepalese PM is reconsidering their stand in dispute, and just like every other international leader, he has urged for a peaceful resolution to solve this dispute. It is also justified as India has been helping the neighbour country since decades – in June 2015, an international donation of $1 billion as made from India for post-quake assistance; monetary, physical and medical help from India during 2016 earthquake; and many more in past.
In recent years, India-Nepal were deteriorating and has become less ‘friendly’ because of Chinese influence in the country. But ever-changing political and diplomatic relations keep wavering and flowing in coherence with time and situation. From this pact signing between Nepal and India, the stream seems to be flowing towards India, backing the country in its stand for its sovereignty.