Nepal Today

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

PM Prachanda says first ‘political visit’ will be to India

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 27 Aug: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda said his ‘first political visit ‘ will be to India immediately after his Wednesday return from China where he attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics during the weekend.
He reiterated his visit to China was just to attend the Olympics and wasn’t political in nature.
A lot of fuss is being created on Prachanda’s first foreign trip that happened to be to China which hosted the Olympics and the prime minister didn’t pay a pilgrimage visit to India before proceeding to China.
But why?
Olympics aren’t held every other year and India didn’t host it.
Nepal absented itself from the opening ceremony even though President Dr Ram Baran Yadav was invited; the closing ceremony was held jus days after the official installation of Prachanda..
Why should Nepal, a neighbour of China , have absented itself from Beijing when even US President George W. Bush was the first American president to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in foreign soil?
Prachanda told reporters on return at the airport he also met European and other world leaders in the Chinese capital.
Even Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress (I) and coalition government in India, was present at the opening ceremony.
Continued dadagiri and Indian hegemonism isn’t acceptable even though Maoists were installed to power in Nepal by New Delhi.


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