Letter to Editor: The Sunday Statesman
Delhi, April 2, 1989
IS INDIA SOUTH ASIA’S BULLY?
Apropos of Sunanda K. Datta-Ray’s article,
An Absurd Conflict” (March 26-27), only a serious appraisal
of the fantasies underlying South Block’s apocalyptic
hysteria can provide new and relevant answers to old
questions about Indo-Nepalese relations. At the SAARC
summit last December India declared that it would not take
undue advantage of its size at the expense of its
neighbours. But it would appear from the ugly turn in
relations between New Delhi and Kathmandu that the External
Affairs Ministry is millennial future of India’s regional
domination. On the one hand, India has failed to show any
resolution or capability on the Tibet issue in relation to
China; on the other, the new mandarins in South Block do not
hesitate to assume superior wisdom towards Nepal, although
it may lead to disruptive consequences.
It is hardly fair to put equal share of the
blame on Kathmandu and New Delhi for the current impasse,
when we recall South Block’s fantasies in the crisis areas
of Afghanistan, Kampuchea and Tibet. Can decision-makers
who have fallen a prey to acute xenophobia maintain a stable
equilibrium in foreign policy? – Yours etc., M.L. Sondhi.
New Delhi, March 26.