Chapter 5

India-Nepal Relationship

India maintains a close relationship with Nepal based on ethnic, cultural and historic links. Both countries also have large people to people contacts, permeating all aspects of the life particularly for those who live closer to the border. It is not easy for a common man in one south Asian country to travel to another without undergoing the required formalities which are cumbersome at times. This is in sharp contrast to the ease of travel between India and Nepal. Nepal also acts as buffer between India and China. Welfare of the people of the two countries is interlinked and development in one country has impact on the other country and these factors make the multi-faceted relationship between two countries ...

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