Sujan Dutta: Cautious Delhi waits & watches
From The Telegraph:
The Indian military establishment is expecting a renewed offensive by the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) against Leftist rebels because the emergency imposed by King Gyanendra will release troops from guard duty of static installations.
A total clampdown on communications has made it difficult for the Opposition and the rebels to organise and mobilise protests, making Kathmandu easier to police. With the police moving in and doing tasks in which troops have been bogged down, the RNA is expected to become more mobile, military sources here assess.
In its nine-year fight against the Maoist rebels, the RNA has been consistently supported by the Indian Army with training and weapons, often sold at a fraction of the cost. But now Gyanendra’s palace putsch earlier this week has strained relations between Kathmandu and New Delhi to such an extent that the Indian Army chief’s ceremonial takeover as the honorary chief of the RNA has been put on hold.