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Nepal PM dispels security concerns

Nepal’s PM Prachanda promised that his country’s soil would not be used for actions against any country, reports Amit Baruah.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2008, 00:42 IST
Amit Baruah
Amit Baruah
Hindustan Times

Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda promised on Tuesday that his country’s soil would not be used for actions against any country. He was responding to a question on New Delhi’s concerns about Pakistan’s ISI using Nepal as a base to hit India.

Chairman Prachanda, in fact, was bullish on India. “We don’t want to do petty projects,” the PM said, adding he had suggested that India construct an east-west rail link through the Terai.

And, on the contentious issue of India building dams to generate power in Nepal, Prachanda called for mega projects, adding 10,000 MW capacity in the next 10 years. “Even 20,000 MW is possible,” he told a select group of editors.

The former insurgent leader admitted that the Maoists shared an ideological relationship with the Naxalites, but their decision to come over-ground and contest elections led to a rift. After the Maoists won the elections, the Naxalites congratulated them, but warned them to stay out of the government. “We are now leading the government in Nepal,” the Nepalese PM said.

“This is something new that we’re doing. Our practice is leading to a serious debate in the ranks of Maoists across the world. You will see the results.”

Prachanda said he “really appreciated” New Delhi’s statement that a “peaceful, stable and prosperous” Nepal was in India’s interest. “I’m fully satisfied with my India visit,” he said.

On Kathmandu’s relations with India and China, he said, “We’re in between India and China. We should benefit from this.”

Maoism was an ideology that had to adapt to change, Prachanda said. Maoism, he stressed, was a “concrete analysis of concrete conditions”.

While the Maoists were not about to establish communist rule, they didn’t favour formal democracy either. “We want to go between the two systems,” he said. The Maoists were planning restructuring of the Nepalese state.

Pointing out that a new experiment was underway in Nepal, he said, “If we Nepalese fail, there would be repercussions in India.”

On the integration of armed Maoists into the Nepal army, Prachanda said a new model was necessary. “We dare to go ahead and not blindly follow other examples.”

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