Recent events point to the continuing turmoil in Nepal. The peace process between the Maoists and the government is close to being a dead letter. The former declared Kathmandu an “autonomous region” on Wednesday. This was in addition to setting up parallel governments in nine districts of the country.
More such acts are in the offing. The problem, clearly, is that the Maoists want a settlement on their terms only. One big sticking point is the “integration” of their cadre, which has been politically indoctrinated, into the neutral Nepal Army. This is not agreeable to most Nepalese political parties.
It was one of the motivating factors that led to the demise of the government led by Prachanda, the Maoist boss. These developments need to be observed, and acted upon, carefully. The potential for armed conflict, never below the radar, is high again. It is not clear if a solution can be found in a situation that resembles more and more a battle of nerves. India needs to be watchful of these troubling developments.