Nepal’s equidistance policy unrealistic – The Statesman

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Foreign and domestic policies are two separate domains having to complement each other. For Nepal in particular, domestic politics overshadow foreign policy objectives when foreign policy becomes subservient to the rulers’ interest. During the Rana and Shah regimes, there was only a thin difference between domestic and foreign policies. Though such foreign and domestic policies continue cheek by jowl today to some extent, there has been a growing tendency to domesticate foreign policy.

Nevertheless, it must be admitted that Nepal has neither a well-articulated foreign policy nor an effective mechanism to execute it, if any. First, issue-areas need to be identified to be fitted into the policy framework. Some issues existing between Nepal and its neighbours remain perennially unaddressed as no concrete plan of action has ever been worked out by any government. For domestic political consumption and image projection, issues are often brought to…

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