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India and World – Nepal
The political situation in Nepal is presently unstable. The adoption and framing of the new constitution has eluded consensus. With the aim of establishing a consensus between the political parties GoI has sent its former foreign secretary Shyam Saran to Nepal in August 2010.
- India-Nepal sign MoU for mutual cooperation in election management.
1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship
- This is a bilateral treaty establishing a close strategic relationship between the two South Asian neighbours.
- The treaty allows for the free movement of people and goods between the two nations and a close relationship on matters of defence and foreign affairs.
- The treaty has been unpopular in many segments of Nepal, especially the Maoists, which regard it as a breach of its sovereignty
- For India, the treaty is a way to contain the Chinese influence in Nepal
- Present status: The Maoists (Prachanda) have been demanding a revision of the treaty
India’s big brother attitude
Strategic importance of Nepal
Close people to people contacts: Cultural ties
<notes from divya