2)Chinese charm offensive has cast a dark shadow over India Nepal relations. Analyze the statement in light of recent developments in India Nepal relations

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Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2)Chinese charm offensive has cast a dark shadow over India Nepal relations. Analyze the statement in light of recent developments in India Nepal relations. (250 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

The Hindustan Times

Why this question

India’s relations with its neighbouring countries is an important topic. Post any high profile visit, it becomes important to keep track of the new developments and the overall course of bilateral relationship.

Key demand of the question

The question is asking us to analyse India Nepal relationship through the China prism. The impact of China lurking around on India Nepal bilateral relationship as well as their relationship at multilateral forums. We also need to examine the other irritants in the relationship and whether they are all linked to China. The question demands us to answer

  • The impact China has on our bilateral relationship
  • The other irritants in the relationship and whether they are all China related
  • The positives in the relationship and why the health of relationship is independent of China

Directive word

Analyze – .In this question, we have to probe in detail two aspects(Parts): one, China’s impact on India Nepal bilateral relations . Second, how India and Nepal’s relations set their own course and is independent of third party.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– In the introduction, talk about the recent development in India Nepal relationship and relate it to China’s cloud over the relationship.

Body– Answer the question in parts. In the first part, talk about the China factor on India Nepal relations. Cover various aspects such as political, economic, multilateral forum like BRI, SAARC etc. Explain how China has a huge role to play in the relationship.

In the second part, explain how India and Nepal relations are independent of any third party. Show that the issues are independent of China (water issues, treaty issue, boundary issue etc) and the relationship is also progressing well, Here, underscore the Agreements signed or declarations made during the visit of PM KP Oli.

Present the synthesis of your thesis and antithesis. You can talk about the Treaty of Friendship, of cultural similarity and historical togetherness and say that minor hiccups may come but the relationship is time tested. Mention some suggestions for further bolstering ties – Sagarmala extension etc

Conclusion–  In the conclusion, can provide the overall sense of India Nepal relations by quoting PM Modi when he said that the relationship is taller than the Everest