Nepalese participants in an international conference here today sought a more "caring and sharing" approach from India towards the Himalayan country for further promoting cordial bilateral relations. This view was expressed at the two-day international conference on India and Nepal relations, organised by B P Koirala centre for Nepal studies at Gandhi Sangrahalay, which began here today. B P Koirala, who served as Nepal's Prime Minister from 1959 to 1960 and headed Nepali Congress, had made Patna the centre of his political activities in Nepal, with much of his planning for November Revolution in 1950 done in Bank Road here where he stayed for many years. Speaking at the conference, former Nepal education minister and sitting MP Chandralekha Devi, urged India to show "more caring and sharing approach towards Nepal being an elder brother." Devi, who was Education minister in the Sushil Koirala government and also served as Deputy Speaker of Nepal Parliament from 1999 to 2008, emphasised on further promoting people-to-people contact of the two neighbours. She sought start of direct flight from Patna to Kathmandu to this effect. Former MP Jitendra Sonal said viewing India and Nepal ties with "spectacle of 1950" should be stopped as he sought helpful approach of New Delhi towards Kathmandu particularly in the field of electricity. Nepal MPs Laxman Lal Karna and Lal Babu Rawat also spoke at the conference. Nawal Kishore Choudhary, former Principal of Patna College and Director of B P Koirala Centre for Nepal Studies, emphasised on a give-and-take approach, particularly in the field of education, between the two countries. Gandhian and Director of Gandhi Sangrahlaya Patna Razi Ahmad, Vice Chairman of State Disaster Response Force Vyasji and former MP Ramji Singh also shared their views about stronger ties between India and Nepal.
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