Indian scholars discuss Nepal today, tomorrow

NEW DELHI: Indian Council of World Affairs, an association of noted scholars, intellectuals and academicians, organised a one-day talk-programme on ‘Nepal Today and Nepal India Relations’ on Friday.

Senior Nepali Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, Nepali Times columnist Prashant Jha, UCPN-Maoist leader Khim Lal Devkota and Nepali Congress leader Dr Shekhar Koirala spoke as panelists in the programme.

They had expressed their views about Nepal’s peace process, political situation after the fall of the Maoist-led government, possibility of right wing departure and the challenges to bring the peace process to a logical conclusion. One panelist emphasised the importance of civilian supremacy but said that the Maoists were misusing the term and acting unilaterally which led to the fall of their government.

Indian intellectuals asked the panelists several questions about the challenges of the peace process, geo-political realities, possibility of political resolution and restoration of lasting peace in the country.