Prime Minister Narendra Modi did in Nepal what Sonia Gandhi couldn't

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Modi did what Sonia couldn't in Nepal
Bangalore, Aug 4: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won many hearts during the two-day visit in Nepal starting Sunday. On Monday, the prime minister also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. He also donated Rs 25 crore to build a 'dharamshala' in the temple complex and offered 2,500 kg of sandalwood.

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This is quite contradictory to what had happened in the 1980s when Sonia Gandhi, the current chief of the Congress party, was disallowed to enter the Pashupatinath Temple where only Hindus are allowed, during a trip to Nepal with her late husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi was not allowed to enter the Pashupatinath Temple when Rajiv was PM

It is said that a miffed Rajiv decided to impose a blockade on Nepal in 1989-90, crippling the landlocked country's economy. The real reason was, according to observers, Nepal's hard-line position on trade and transit and procuring weapons from China which had annoyed India.

The sorry consequences had a changing influence on Nepal's political system.

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