He adopted the role of a concerned advisor but did not prescribe; he gave a glimpse of the potential roadmap which can lift both Nepal and India’s economy.
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And he reached out to all of Nepal’s political forces — emphasising democracy which was music to the ears of traditional parliamentary parties; lauding Maoist transition from war to peace and endorsing the agenda of federal democratic republic they championed first; and emphasising on an ‘inclusive constitution’ which pleased Madhesi forces.
At an Indian embassy reception right after the speech, Nepal’s power elite could not stop gushing about the speech.
Shashank Koirala, son of the legendary democratic leader BP Koirala said, “This is a game changer. Nehru operated with a certain regional doctrine, which appeared to be divide and rule. But Modi has recognised that without the region, India cannot grow.”
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Khimlal Devkota of the Maoists said Modi had cleared all the ‘confusion’ that persisted about Indian intentions. A top Madhesi leader said, “The ball now is in Nepal’s court to build this relationship.” And a top Nepal Army general called the speech ‘absolutely magnetic’.
Baburam Bhattarai, Maoist ideologue and former PM, tweeted Modi had won the ‘hearts and minds’ with his ‘magical address’.
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