• Arushi Sharma

Indo-Nepal Relations Webinar | GCTC

As a Research Intern at the Global Counter Terrorism Council my team got to organise a Webinar on the topic - Indo-Nepal Relations: Challenges and way Forward with esteemed speakers like Dr Kanwal Sibal, Professor Madhav Das Nalapat, Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, Lt Gen KJ Singh, Maj Gen Binoj Basnyat, Lt Gen Arun Sahni, Dr Sangeeta Thapyal with the session being chaired by Dr Kavita Sharma.

Some of the key takeaways from the webinar were -

The special relationship between the two countries can only last as long as both of them are willing to treat each other in a special manner (with special considerations and concessions) but over the years this special relationship between India and Nepal seems to have shifted to cordial relations.Nepal must recognize that the measure (display of cartographic aggression) it is taking is more likely to harm it than India.India should look at Nepal from a broader and longer perspective and it is essential for us to recognize Nepal as a partner and respect its sovereignty.Need for dialogue between the two countries is imperative and should be pushed forward at the highest level.

Government to government ties need to be improved and efforts must be made to increase the already vibrant people to people connections.

The Indian government’s influence on Nepali politics is not appreciated by the local government.

The domestic politics of Nepal is largely responsible for marring its relationship with India.

It cannot be denied that there is a strong Chinese influence in Nepal, especially within the Nepali Communist Party which is trying to influence governance in Nepal

Nepal needs to be wary about cozying up to China and should take into account the case studies of all those countries that got pally with China and suffered on various levels.

The treaties between the neighbours must be re-analysed keeping in consideration the evolved relationship between them and it is essential that each other's sensitivities must be kept in mind.