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Nepal's new Constitution: India's Nepal desk failed to take benefit of PM Modi's successful visit
Even though the Central government under Prime Minister Narender Modi is doing quite well in national interest, but, power said to be centred around him makes certain important functioning unnecessarily delayed, like what happened in the case of Nepal.
All diplomatic moves supported by regular unpublicised interaction between Nepal government and experienced Indians, friendly with Nepal government at time when Nepal constitution was being drafted could have definitely avoided such a Nepalese Constitution, which is definitely a cause of worry with majority Madhesis in Nepal and also for India.

It is indeed unfortunate that Nepal Desk in Union Ministry of External Affairs could not take timely benefit of a very successful Nepal visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, through having its say incorporated in Nepalese Constitution.

Publicised interference at this stage is likely to cause more damage with Nepalese decision-makers and Nepalese people likely to become more adamant. Such Indian moves now even at this stage should be tactical and unpublicised seeking cooperation of even opposition-leaders also if so desired. 

Otherwise it may be a repeat of Sri Lanka-type situation with Madhesis in Nepal facing step-motherly treatment like Tamils faced in Sri Lanka before emergence of LTTE.

There have been other occasions too when people seated on high and sensitive posts unnecessarily publicised what should have remained secret like Indian action against insurgents from Myanmar land.

Likewise revelation about Indian National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, being Indian spy for long in Pakistan, or statement about taking revenge in Baluchistan in case of any repeat of situation like 26/11, can harm India in future.

(Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

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