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Modi's rise given massive coverage in Nepali media

Kathmandu: The impressive victory of the Narendra Modi-led BJP in India's Lok Shaba elections has generated a foreign policy debate in Nepal and has lent fresh impetus to the simmering discontent against the Himalayan nation

IANS IANS Updated on: May 17, 2014 13:51 IST
Along with banner headlines and carrying Modi's photo, Nepali newspapers also published commentaries on possible changes in India's foreign policy vis-a-vis Nepal under the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government.

"Modi's BJP wins by landslide", Nepal's leading English language daily The Kathmandu Post ran a banner headline in its Saturday edition. The Post also carried a separate story on anticipated changes in India's policy towards Nepal under Modi's regime headlined "Readings of shift in India's Nepal policy".

Similarly, Nepal's largest selling newspaper in Nepali language, Kantipur, also allotted ample space to the results of the Indian elections along with four separate write-ups on the rise of the BJP and Narendra Modi.

With Nepal having more than 80 percent Hindu population, the rise of Hindu nationalist BJP has sparked a debate here that the Himalayan nation could revert to being a Hindu state again. This contention was fuelled by comments made by the BJP's leadership in 2008 when Nepal declared itself a secular state from the Hindu state that it was hitherto.

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