Nepal faces fresh political instability with PM Oli dissolving Parliament. Kathmandu has lurched from crisis to crisis since becoming a republic. It must strengthen democratic institutions and focus on governance, not become a land-locked island of political instability and intrigue. There’re also limitations to strategy of playing China versus India.
Modi’s emphasis on non-discrimination is welcome, but discriminatory laws don’t help outreach
PM Narendra Modi’s emphasis on non-discrimination in governance in his Aligarh Muslim University speech is all very well. This outreach will, however, remain inconsequential as long as BJP governments keep enacting discriminatory laws. CAA/NRC, cries of ‘love jihad’ and vilification campaigns can’t go parallel with the ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ proposition.