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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Interview with Nilambar Acharya

Posted by Anup Baral September 22, 2016 : Interview with Nilambar Acharya. Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party - Nepal (RPP-N) and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the erstwhile KP Oli government, Kamal Thapa is one of those few and far between Nepali politicians who openly speak about what they call India’s increasing ‘interference’ in Nepal. The support that Thapa had provided to the Oli government was no less than that of any leader or minister from Oli’s own party, the CPN (UML). The Nagarik Show team asked Thapa for some time for an interview while Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was still in India on his four-day visit to the southern neighbor. He agreed. But Thapa who is one of the few politicians in Nepal who keep the ‘diplomatic decorum’ in mind, later called us and said, “It would not be appropriate for a responsible leader to talk negatively about the visit while the Prime Minister is still outside. So, let’s meet after the Prime Minister returns home.”
In an interview taken after PM Dahal returned home, Thapa not only termed the PM’s visit as “irrelevant and insignificant” but also went on to say that the visit has “increased the risks and has disturbed the balance [of India-Nepal relations].” Thapa who says he is still committed to the agenda of a Hindu state and constitutional monarchy claims that Indian interference in Nepal has increased after the restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepal in 1990. His conclusion is: The tendency of Nepali politicians seeking “Indian blessings to rise to power and remain there” has dramatically increased after the restoration of multi-party democracy. He calls it Nepali politicians’ and political parties’ “self-defeatism.”

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