Tuesday, August 24, 2010

RE: The neocolonial path to power

August 24, 2010

Prof Dr Mohan Lohani
Tribhuvan University

Dear Prof Lohani

Hope of per capita of US $10,000 in Bhutan is a pipe dream as India has already reached financing fatigue. But pseudo intellectuals of Nepal are either unaware this or they love to behave like ostriches.

You are absolutely right; we have been getting cheated time and again. Unless we Nepal understand the importance of water and negotiate from a position of strength, we are more likely to be cheated all over again.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Mohan Lohani [mailto:m_p_lohani@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2010 11:59
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: {Disarmed} RE: The neocolonial path to power

Dear Ratna Sansarji,
Thanks for your compliments and I think all self-respecting people don't sheepishly kowtow to Indian masters for some amounts of money on their terms by selling electricity or hydropower.Only yesterday a relative of mine was praising the Bhutan model like anything and in a few years' time Bhutan's per capita income is going to be 10,000 US dollars which overshadows countries like Nepal with less than 400 US dollars per capita income.Unless we bargain with India on the strength of our precious resources which is water, we are likely to be'cheated 'once again ( I am using the word 'cheated' which was first used by Late King Birendra more than 35 years ago in connection with Koshi and Gandak agreements with India)
Wishing you all the best and with regards,
Mohan Lohani

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