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मोदी के दौरे की जमीन तैयार करने नेपाल जाएंगी सुषमा

Publish Date:Wednesday,Jul 23,2014 10:20:18 PM | Updated Date:Wednesday,Jul 23,2014 10:22:47 PM

मोदी के दौरे की जमीन तैयार करने नेपाल जाएंगी सुषमा

नई दिल्ली [जागरण ब्यूरो]। विदेश मंत्री सुषमा स्वराज भारत के करीबी पड़ोसी नेपाल के साथ सहयोग संवाद को गति देने के लिए 25 से 27 जुलाई तक काठमांडू में रहेंगी। पद संभालने के बाद अपनी इस दूसरी द्विपक्षीय यात्रा में विदेश मंत्री करीब ढाई दशक से ठिठकी संयुक्त आयोग बैठक का सिलसिला भी आगे बढ़ाएंगी। स्वराज के इस दौरे को अगले कुछ माह में होने वाली प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की नेपाल यात्रा की भूमिका तैयार करने वाला माना जा रहा है।

विदेश मंत्रालय के मुताबिक स्वराज अपनी नेपाल यात्रा में संयुक्त आयोग की 23 साल से न हो सकी बैठक का सिलसिला आगे बढ़ाएंगी। इस बैठक के लिए उनके साथ रेल, सड़क, मानव संसाधन, वाणिज्य समेत कई मंत्रालयों के प्रतिनिधि भी जा रहे हैं। मंत्रालय प्रवक्ता के मुताबिक संयुक्त आयोग की बैठक के स्वरूप में बदलाव करते हुए 26 जुलाई को होने वाली बैठक पांच विषय समूहों में होगी। इसमें राजनीतिक, आर्थिक सहयोग व ढांचागत विकास, व्यापार एवं परिवहन, ऊर्जा व संसाधन विकास और संस्कृति व मीडिया जैसे विषय शामिल हैं।

विदेश मंत्री बनने के ठीक दो माह बाद काठमांडू जा रहीं स्वराज नेपाल के राष्ट्रपति राम बरन यादव और प्रधानमंत्री सुशील कोइराला के अलावा विभिन्न राजनीतिक नेताओं से भी मुलाकात करेंगी। भारतीय खेमा विदेश मंत्री की माओवादी नेता प्रचंड के साथ मुलाकात की संभावना को भी नकार नहीं रहा। इस बारे में पूछे जाने पर मंत्रालय प्रवक्ता ने इतना ही कहा कि अगल ऐसी मुलाकात होती है तो इसमें कुछ विचित्र नहीं है। हम नेपाल जैसे करीबी पड़ोसी मुल्क के विभिन्न राजनीतिक दलों के साथ संपर्क व संवाद रखते हैं। पहले भी भारतीय विदेश मंत्री नेपाल दौरे में विभिन्न नेताओं से मिलते रहे हैं।

उल्लेखनीय है कि विदेश मंत्री के नेपाल दौरे से पहले भारत की ओर से सौंपे गए ऊर्जा सहयोग प्रस्ताव को लेकर नेपाल में काफी हंगामा है। इस बाबत उठे सवालों पर हालांकि भारतीय अधिकारियों का कहना था कि भारत आपसी सहमति के आधार पर ही आगे बढ़ेगा। नेपाल में जल संसाधन और पनबिजली परियोजनाओं के लिए सौंपे गए प्रस्ताव को सियासी तूल देकर उछाला जा रहा है।

नेपाल के 47 प्रोजेक्ट में भारत का निवेश है। दोनों देशों के बीच द्विपक्षीय व्यापार का आंकड़ा 4.7 अरब डॉलर है। भारत की मदद से नेपाल में एक ट्रामा सेंटर बन रहा है जिसमें 200 बेड का अस्पताल भी शामिल है।

  • test24 Jul 2014, 07:05:30 AM

    Apart from giving Nepal certain imperial shock, Modi Sarkar has managed to create similar unsettling feeling among the SAARC nations. Modi is not Xi Jinping and can never compete with China’s strong grip on their immediate neighbors, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam. Dr Manmohan Singh wanted to offer similar offer (of offshore gas and oil drilling) against China;s express objections. India and Sri Lanka relations have fallen on the wayside, due to Tamil Tiger–related issues. J jayalalithaa keeps pressure on Modi to help Tamil diaspora (mostly Hindu) and will do so, given a chance to upset Modi’s imperial ambitions. In my opinion, it is better to lay India’s cards in front of Nepal and let them decide to what extent, legality and conveniece, included, Nepal can trust Modi’s onslaught on their sovereignty. Modi may scare Pakistan but not Nepal. As far as Nepal sending their citizens overseas, India does it better. India’s cheap labor is bulding Saidi Arabia’s infrastructure.

  • Sid Harth24 Jul 2014, 06:50:52 AM

    India has still not worked to develop the Naumure Hydropower Project although it promised to do so several years ago. Likewise, New Delhi is not showing any interest to develop Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project (PMP) despite the signing of the controversial Mahakai Treaty way back in 1996. The PMP, the centerpiece of the treaty, was supposed to provide water for irrigation to a vast area of agricultural land both in Nepal and India along with benefit of flood control at downstream It was said that a detailed project report (DPR) of PMP would be carried out within the six months of the signing of the treaty but the same continues to be elusive even after 18 years. Through such lopsided treaty, India only legitimized its illegal capture of 90 percent waters of Mahakali river of Nepal. As Nepal is in dire need of more electricity, it should give priority to create a consortium consisting of other SAARC countries and China rather only single-mindedly focusing on India to draw the much

  • Sid Harth24 Jul 2014, 06:50:02 AM

    India can also grab great benefits from the PTA in terms of supplying enough power to its two rapidly growing states- Bihar and Uttar Pradesh- from Nepal. Following the second CA election, particularly foreign investors are showing keenness to invest heavily in the country’s hydropower. As such, they are seeking the PTA with India so that they could export electricity generated in Nepal to the Indian market. Of course, the PTA, which ensures justifiable returns to both Nepal and India, can help resolve power deficit in both the two neighbouring countries But, India’s proposal on PTA clearly indicates it wants to capture Nepal’s hydropower sector by disregarding the genuine interest of the Nepali side. Apart from energy, irrigation and flood control in the Indian territories is the prime interest India wants to fulfill through PTA. In fact, the “big brother” has long been stooping to neuter Nepal from reaping even a modicum of benefits from its water resources. There is no dearth

  • Sid Harth24 Jul 2014, 06:49:12 AM

    India is manipulating this agreement to enjoy unbridled leeway to capitalize upon the rivers of Bhutan. Many Indian companies have built many projects there and are taking away power without any restriction. So, there is every possibility that India is looking to capture Nepal’s water resources more severely through the proposed PTA. Sensing malicious intention of the Indian proposal, Energy Minister Radha Gyawali recently held consultation with former Energy Ministers and majority of them also cried foul over it. They unequivocally termed India’s plan as a ploy to colonize Nepal both politically and economically. In fact, the mandarins of New Delhi have long been inclined to take advantage of political and economic helplessness of Nepal. And, the proposed PTA is just among the tools being used by them for their own hegemonic interest in Nepal. India knows well that without signing PTA with it, Nepal will not get big investment to harness its hydropower sector. So, through such

  • Sid Harth24 Jul 2014, 06:47:04 AM

    Colonial attitude WM Correspondent Preparations are being made to prioritize the agenda of Power Trade Agreement (PTA) with India during the expected visits of Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (third week of July) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (August) to Nepal. However, the Indian side seems to be weaving ploy to gain upper hand in Nepal’s water resources development. In response to Nepal’s proposal for PTA, the southern neighbour has already sent its own version of draft entitled ‘Water Resource Development of Nepal’. And, the tone of the very proposition implicitly suggests that New Delhi is bent to further tighten its grip over the country’s hydropower sector. The Indian proposal talks about comprehensive development of water resources in Nepal for the purpose of drinking water, hydropower and irrigation. Interestingly, India’s agreement with Bhutan on water resource also incorporates the same idea.

  • Source: Jagaran
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