Don't call Nepal a Failed State

Friday May 28, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

Looks like in New Dehli there are hawks itching to spread India’s wings over Nepal. Not a good idea. Sure, the situation is bad, but:

Nevertheless it would be a mistake to brand Nepal as a failed state, a tag that big powers use for small nations, often as a prelude to direct intervention. India must resist that temptation.
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India must tread the thin line between firm persuasion and intervention. No nation, however small, takes kindly to bullies.

The Times of India

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