Tuesday, 1 November 2016
After months of tumultuous ties with the Himalayan nation, President Pranab Mukherjee will be traveling to Nepal next week. He will be the first Indian head of state to visit the country in the last 18 years. During his visit beginning November 2, President Mukherjee will be meeting Madhesi leaders in the country. “During the visit, the President will hold talks with the President, Prime Minister and other leaders of Nepal on a wide array of issues of mutual interest,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Friday. “The state visit reflects the priority that government of India attaches to further strengthen its age-old unique partnership with Nepal and our shared historical and cultural linkages and wide-ranging people to people contacts.” ) New Delhi has faced loss of acceptability in the landlocked country in the aftermath of the objections it raised on Nepal’s constitution in 2015 and the ensuing economic blockade. At the heart of the problem have been the rights of Madhesis community of Indian origin living in Nepal. The Indian establishment was miffed as the former Nepalese government led by KP Oli turned a deaf ear to its concerns regarding Madhesis and whipped up anti-India sentiment in the country. Oli had publicly told Indian diplomats not to ‘interfere in Nepal’s internal politics’ and had accused India for trying to destabilise his government. Oli also took the opportunity provided by the economic blockade to ink a pact with Beijing to allow transit of its goods, breaking India’s monopoly on its third party trade. May 2016 has been a watershed month in the relations of the two countries with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari cancelling her visit to India. Prime Minister Modi also dropped the idea of attending the ‘Buddh Purnima’ in Lumbini on May 21. Kathmandu recalled its ambassador in New Delhi marking the final push in the downhill movement of the bilateral relations.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.