The alliance between Mr. Prachanda and Mr. Deuba, both key actors during the 2000s, could help the Truth and Reconciliation Commission complete its scrutiny (समीक्षा) of war crimes and bring about a resolution. This process was not helped by the outgoing K.P. Oli government’s penchant (लगन) for politicisation. The NC and the CPN(M-C) have also shown a greater inclination to address the other knotty issue — the federalist aspirations of Madhesi, Janajati and Tharu groups. The Maoists had, after all, supported their demands for a comprehensive federal restructuring of Nepal, and the late NC leader, G.P. Koirala, championed state restructuring, included as an aim in the interim Constitution before elections to the Constituent Assembly. As Prime Minister, Mr. Oli had, however, refused tocountenance (चेहरा) any change in thestatus quo (यथास्थिति) on the federal question, igniting protests in the Terai. Besides, his government’s recourse tojingoism (अंधराष्ट्रीयता) and the ‘China card’ to ward off criticism frayed (अस्त व्यस्त)relations with India. Mr. Prachanda and Mr. Deuba have stressed the need to rebuild ties with India. On its part, New Delhi should absorb the lessons from the past decade. It is clear that the Indian establishment sought the isolation of Mr. Prachanda and his party in 2010, paving the way for the rise of status quoist forces and persistent instability. A hands-off approach by India that allows the chief political actors in Nepal to sort out domestic issues while delivering promised help in post-earthquake reconstruction and economic aid would restore a healthy equilibrium to this vital bilateral relationship.
IMPORTANT WORDS FROM EDITORIAL WITH MEANING :-
1. Coalition (noun) – allied group, association