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Punishing A Hindu Kingdom

The Gujral Doctrine, symbolising magnanimity, is a hazy memory in Nepal now.

Just as Kargil was India’s first television war, the taking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was the first hijack drama of the satellite age, and the channels exploited it to the hilt. And even as the plane circled over Amritsar in the very first leg of the extended episode, hardline South Block apparatchiks got Indian Airlines to call off its flights to Kathmandu-from New Delhi, Varanasi and Calcutta.

This punitive banning of flights to a neighbouring country was a novel tool of regional diplomacy. India’s response to a very real security lapse at the Tribhuvan International Airport was a singular sanction that was both unprecedented and extravagant.

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