As the Nepal premiere KP Oli visits India, India is likely to make sure that Nepal does not slide away into the influence of China anymore.
It is in this context that Indian premiere Narendra Modi is likely to tell his Nepalese counterpart that India won’t be able to buy energy from dam projects being built by China in Nepal.
The message is being conveyed to Nepal so that it reconsiders how much closeness the Himalayan state can afford with the China.
It is also noticeable that the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki project has now emerged to be centrepiece of this tug-of-war between Delhi and Beijing.
In this context, it is likely that India will buy quite a chunk of power that is produced by the Arun III project, being built by the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), a public sector undertaking.>