While discussing its political situation with Nepal, India stressed that stable, secular and democratic Nepal has always been its key interest. External Affairs minister, Salman Khurshid, regarded Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav as a great friend of India, who played a key role in strengthening relations between the two countries.
Khurshid informed the Nepalese President that, short term measures to augment grid connectivity of 40- 55 MW have been completed and they are now working on plans to further increase this is in the medium term. Nepal’s monarchy turned into democracy in May 2008 , on declaration of “Federal Democratic Republic”.
Major parties such as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Moist), Communist Party of Nepal(Marxist-Leninist) and the Nepali Congress agreed to write a constitution to replace the interim one within 2 years but the peace process has been derailed due to selfish behavior of political parties. Ethnic caste, religious, ideological and regional differences have also added to woes of political agreement.Political leaders continue to discuss plans to end this turmoil, but none of the talks have been successful.
Rising inflation, economic downturn, poverty, insecurity and uncertainty are the major problems, After much deliberation, the assembly could not draw up constitution or settle on timing and method of holding election, but only agreed to draw on a Maoist PM, Baburam Bhattarai, and a cabinet. India’s intervention in Nepal goes back to 1950 when Nepal enjoyed close ties with India.
On a five-day visit to India, the Nepalese President earlier met Indian President Mukherjee discussing over India’s help in democratic development of Nepal. With expected help and aid from India, Nepal wishes to establish democracy and democratic rule, thus, providing a free environment for its people to voice their opinion and thus feel the breeze of freedom after a long hiatus of monarchy rule.