Too diplomaticNow that Nepal has bettered bilateral relations with China in recent years, India too has become more responsive in its dealing with us.
Dinesh Bhattarai, a former diplomat and a long time observer of Nepal's diplomatic dealings, was probably being too diplomatic when he failed to mention the real power that could effectively help repatriate back to Bhutan the refugees languishing in the Jhapa camps for far too long (‘It's time to repatriate Bhutanese refugees’, July 26). The author surely knows that it was India that was at the centre of this crisis to start with and had ferried the expelled refugees to a third country, Nepal. Now that Nepal has bettered bilateral relations with China in recent years, India too has become more responsive in its dealing with us. So, the times seem propitious for resolving the Bhutanese refugee crisis. India must be told in no uncertain terms that her contribution to resolving this long-festering crisis too would go a long way towards restoring the much-needed cordiality in Nepal-India relations.
Bihari Krishna Shrestha, via email
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