India ready to be ‘Sherpa’ to help Nepal scale mountain of success, says Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 May 2018 07:39:47


By Shirish B Pradhan,


INDIA is ready to be the ‘Sherpa’ to help Nepal scale the mountain of success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, hailing the Himalayan nation’s successful journey from bullets to ballots.

Addressing a civic reception programme to honour him here, Modi stressed on the special relation shared by the two neighbours and admired Nepal’s spirit of resilience and commitment towards democracy.
“Nepal has covered a long journey from Yuddh to Buddh (War to Peace). You have left the bullet to opt the ballot way...But this not the destination. You have to go a long way,” Modi told
the gathering.

“You have reached the base camp of the Mt Everest and the main climb is yet to be done. As the Sherpas help mountaineers to reach the top of the Everest, India is ready to help Nepal like a Sherpa to achieve development,” he said.
Modi said Nepal must identify its needs and priorities to deliver results. “India will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to help Nepal in its development journey. Your success is our success and your joy is our joy.”

He said ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is as much about global well being as it’s about India’s growth.
“India has always worked for global good. India has taken the lead in mitigating the menace of climate change. The International Solar Alliance has brought together nations from across the world,” he said.

Modi congratulated Nepalese people for their combined strengths to rebuild the country after the devastating earthquake of 2015. He also congratulated them for the Constitution that reshaped the country’s political history by embracing federal system. “There is an atmosphere of hope and optimism in Nepal,” Modi said, adding that India would always become partner to Nepal’s progress.
As India and Nepal share the ancient culture and religion of the world, people from all over the world come to these two countries in search for peace, he pointed out.