Nepal media says India’s support more myth, less action

There is more myth to India’s support than reality, say local newspersons in Kathmandu. The general feeling is that the Indian teams are more concerned with providing relief to Indians and getting them out of Nepal. What is alarming is that Tribhuvan International Airport sources say that over a thousand ‘Indian Army men’ have been flown in under the guise of ‘rescue teams’. The Nepal Army is aware of only  650 Indian Army personnel.   Even the Nepal Army can’t keep track of what these army chaps are doing with all the confusion.

The Indian Army helicopters are carrying their own media men thus they have little room for the earthquake victims. More than 150 Indian media men are in Nepal to cover the damage done by the massive earthquake. Whereas, the Nepal Army with its limited resources have airlifted more than 400 victims, the Indian Army helicopters have only rescued 118 people. On Tuesday, the Indian helicopters only rescued 32 victims, according to a communiqué issued by the public relations department of the Nepal Army.

India has sent a formidable search, rescue and relief team to Nepal. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had summoned an emergency cabinet meeting in an hour after the massive earthquake hit Nepal last Saturday. The meeting decided to send four separate teams of National Disaster Response Force to Nepal.

A report in the Nepalese press quotes Nepal Army sources as saying that some one thousand relief workers with emergency relief materials have arrived Nepal. The  Nepal Army source estimated that the search and rescue operation (considering the size of the Indian team) has not been satisfactory. The Nepali side is not happy with their performance as there has been much more hype to their support than substance.

The Nepal Army source indicated that the Indians were more concerned on airlifting the 39 member Indian Army team scaling the Everest. Thus they sent six MI-17 helicopters. Three of the six helicopters were flown to the Everest base camp to airlift their own men.

 “They are safe,” replied Abhay Kumar at the Indian Embassy. The embassy preferred not to reveal much when asked about the whereabouts of the Army men who were scaling Everest as civilians, further reveals the report.

The Nepali side is of the view that since the Indian rescue team is only focused on providing relief to their own people their performance has not been satisfactory.

The Nepal Government is also totally unaware of the size of the Indian rescue team. According to sources at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), more than one thousand Indian Army men have landed Nepal. Some one hundred Indian Army men have come through the land route in five trucks and four Bolero jeeps. “Who is going to ask them how many of them are here,” a security man asks, reports Kantipur.

The Nepal Army spokesperson Brigadier General Jagadish Chandra Pokharel claims that the Army is only aware of 650 Indian Army men being in Nepal at the moment. When asked about the information provided by TIA sources replies Pokharel, “They could be here to replace another team.”

The TIA sources claims further, “The special aircraft of the Indian Army does four flights every day (from India). They mostly bring Indian media men from there and airlift Indian civilians from here.”

There has been lack of coordination on the part of the Nepal government.

The Indian media is avidly covering the earthquake in Nepal.  Their reports obviously  present chiefly the  India  involvement in the rescue operation.

‘Nepal Ke Dard main Bharat Bana Hamdard’ such programs are being aired through the Indian channels.

However,  teams from twenty different countries comprising of four thousand men are presently involved in search, rescue and relief operation from China, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Netherland, Sri Lanka, Russia, Bangladesh, Spain, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Japan, Malaysia and Qatar.

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