Where is Nepal?
No sooner had China asked Nepal to ban the Everest expeditions in the wake of Tibet uprising, Nepal obliged to the call like a good feeble neighbor.
When China denied of sending its police on Nepal side of the Himalayan border, Nepal, too, vehemently denied the reports as baseless.
On the other hand, some Nepal Govt security officials confirmed the report – but, on the condition of anonymity.
And they do the same when Indian police enter Nepal to ‘nab the culprits’ and piously claim that they were on their visit the Lord Pashupati Nath.
Nepal Govt has two versions of the same incident.
Officially, they can not confirm that Nepal offers an excellent playground for the outer forces – both overground & underground.
More than the Nepalis who have nothing to lose, both the neighbors are getting bouts of dyspepsia at the sudden sprouting of massive & heavily-armed American Embassy buildings in Kathmandu.
Unofficially, they can not refrain from ‘tipping off’of the foreign manipulations of Nepal’s geo-political vulnerability.
Nepal’s visionary romantic L P Devkota in his essay ” Is Nepal Small?” ridicules that comparing Nepal with China or India is like claiming a human to be smaller than an elephant.
Nepalis never forget to proudly remind the foreingners that theirs is the only country in the world which was never colonized.
The mystic poet who could see ‘the whole universe in a grain of sand’ may be right in his own accord.
But the facts prove otherwise – that Nepal has never been a free country in its entire history.
Instead, there seems to be more truth in P N Shah’s cliched ‘238-yrs-old’ dictum: “Nepal is like a yam sandwiched between two giant rocks.”
Is Nepal Free?