India-Nepal relations need sustained stability
The positive atmosphere in which the PM-level talks were held suggests a thaw in ties, which must be built on to create an amicable environment for resolving contentious issues.
It’s encouraging to see the positive notes struck by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda. The two countries have seen ties strain in recent years, but the visible cordiality between the two leaders suggests a definitive thaw in the proverbial ice. Modi promised to take bilateral relations to “the height of the Himalayas", while Prachanda had earlier said that he will go back and tell the people of Nepal that a “new history is in the making". Several agreements have been signed, including on energy, trade and connectivity. Among the key decisions are for India to allow Nepal to supply power to Bangladesh through its territory and India’s commitment to purchase 10,000 megawatts of power from Nepal over 10 years. All this should help give ties an impetus and build a more amicable atmosphere for resolving harder issues, primarily border disputes.