Modi’s Nepal Visit: More Drama than Substance

17 May, 2018    ·   5472

Dr Pramod Jaiswal contetualises bilateral relations in light of the recent visit

Pramod Jaiswal
Pramod Jaiswal
Senior Fellow, China Research Programme (CRP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a two-day visit to Nepal on 11-12 May. No Indian prime minister had visited Nepal in an official capacity in almost two decades, until Prime Minister Modi, who has been to the country thrice in four years. This article considers the outcomes of the latest visit.

Decoding the Visit
In a break with tradition, Modi began his visit in Janakpur, the birth place of Sita. Janakpur is the temporary capital of province 2, where the Madhesi alliance of Rastriya Janta Party Nepal and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal has formed the government. Modi