Nepal: An Indian Choke Hold

An Indian Choke Hold

India considers itself the guardian of Nepal, serving as supplier of or conduit for most of Nepal's commodities in exchange for its loyalty. Now the tiny nation with a harsh if spectacular terrain has offended its big neighbor, and India has not only refused to renew trade and transit agreements that expired last month but closed down eleven of 22 vital transit routes. Most of Nepal's necessities, including petroleum products and hospital oxygen, normally traverse these roads. Though New Delhi is permitting goods to cross the border, shortages are forcing the government to impose strict limits on the sale of gasoline...

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