At a meeting held between the Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and a high ranking US official, Richard Holbrooke January 18, 2010, the Indian foreign secretary during a two hour long working breakfast had accepted that Indian establishment had funded the Maoists’ rebellion in Nepal and that eventually became counterproductive to India.
WikiLeaks has revealed that the US special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke was told by the Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao that the strategy to fund Taliban Militants to gain their favor would see similar fate to that of India’s strategy in having funded the Maoists in Nepal.
The detail of the Rao-Holbrooke conversation was later forwarded by the US ambassador in New Delhi to the US government that the WikiLeaks has made public.
India thus stands exposed.
More such revelations are awaited which will shed light on how Nepal-India relations took a nose dive during the Royal regime.
In the meantime, the Unified Maoists’ Party spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma talking to Kantipur Daily dated December 4, 2010, refuting the allegation says, “There is no truth that we had received financial support from India.”
“We held discussions on political matters…they asked us to reject the presence of UNMIN….they said they will support us…but, we favored the UN, thus UNMIN is right here”.
“Yes, to lure others by making various lucrative offers has become the hallmark of Indian tradition”, he says and adds “We rejected their offer.”
Sharma also advises the Indian establishment to seek political solution-not technical solutions, to problems in Jammu/Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
However, Sharma doesn’t deny that they were not having intimate contacts with the Indian regime.
WikiLeaks first jolt. The earth is yet to shake.
Excerpts of the Document follows:
Thursday, 28 January 2010, 13:20
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 04 NEW DELHI 000163
EO 12958 DECL: 01/18/2020
TAGS PREL, PGOV, PK, AF, IN
SUBJECT: SRAP HOLBROOKE DISCUSSES AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN WITH INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY RAO
Classified By: Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer. Reasons: 1.4(B, D).
9. (C) Rao and Sinha raised grave concerns about Taliban reintegration plans currently under discussion. Sinha argued that no amount of monetary incentives would induce the Taliban to alter its core beliefs of intolerance and militancy. He was particularly troubled by the British plan which, in his view, takes Afghanistan back to the pre-1990s. Rao expressed skepticism that such a plan would work unless Pakistan changes its policy on supporting the Quetta Shura and other Taliban elements. She observed that it had failed to bring in the Maoists in Nepal and was likely to fail for similar reasons in Afghanistan.
UNCP Maoist Secretary C. P. Gajurel already challenged India to give proof its funding Nepal Maoist.