[lg policy] PM Modi says Nepal comes first in India’s Neighbourhood First policy, announces Rs 100 crore grant

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri May 11 11:49:37 EDT 2018


 PM Modi says Nepal comes first in India’s Neighbourhood First policy,
announces Rs 100 crore grant Modi, who is on his third visit to the
Himalayan nation since assuming the office in 2014, assured Nepal that it
is at the top of India’s Neighbourhood First policy. india
<https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/> Updated: May 11, 2018 17:28 IST
[image: Anil Giri]
Anil Giri
Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
[image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepal Prime Minister Khadga
Prasad Oli, during the inauguration of Janakpur-Ayodhya direct bus service,
in Janakpur, Nepal on Friday.]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli,
during the inauguration of Janakpur-Ayodhya direct bus service, in
Janakpur, Nepal on Friday.(PTI Photo)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a grant of Rs 100 crore to
develop the sacred city of Janakpur in Nepal, and said the country is at
the top of India’s Neighbourhood First policy.

Modi, on his third visit to the Himalayan nation
<https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/modi-in-nepal-live-updates-pm-to-hold-bilateral-talks-with-nepalese-counterpart-kp-oli/story-7F8udgbu8QEJDl40VX4zrM.html>since
assuming office in 2014, also flagged off a direct bus service between
Janakpur and Ayodhya, the two sacred cities for Hindus, alongside his
Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli. The service is part of the Ramayana
Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.

“Whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together. We
have been there for each other in the most difficult of times,” Modi said
at a civic reception hosted by the Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City at
Barhabigha ground.
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While announcing the 100-crore-rupee package, Modi said central and
provincial governments of Nepal will select the development projects and
implement them.

He said the two neighbours can work on 5Ts - Tradition, Trade, Tourism,
Technology and Transport - to achieve progress and prosperity.

Upon arrival in Janakupri earlier in the day, Modi offered special prayers
at the famous Janaki temple and invoked mythological King Janak of Mithila
and King Dashratha of Ayodhya. Janakpur is known as the birthplace of Sita,
the wife of Lord Rama.

At the civic reception, Modi initially spoke in Maithili, the main language
in Janakpur and Province no 2 of Nepal, and said he was happy to link
Janakpur with Ramayana Circuit.

Our relations do not have any definition but it is based on language, he
said in Maithli. “Our ties is such old which is ahead than diplomacy,
strategy and politics. It is Devniti that is the guided by our relations.
Changes in governments do not matter, our relations remain the same,” he
said.

Modi said he came to Janakpur as a pilgrim and not as prime minister,
adding, “Ayodhya is incomplete without Janakidham. Similarly, Nepal is
incomplete without India and India is incomplete without Nepal. ”

The Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for
development under the Ramayana Circuit theme:Ayodhya, Nandigram,
Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga
(Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur
(Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana),
Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu). *(With inputs from
agencies)*


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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