Nepal claims Indian territories, India terms it ‘untenable’
Nepal claims Indian territory as their own which are namely Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura which caused a massive outrage from the pro-Indian groups in Nepal and the Indian government. The Indian government clarified its position on the matter by saying that this is ‘untenable.’ Earlier too, India had taken a huge objection to it when Nepali government first released this map.
Since the construction of the new road in the Lipulekh region, tension between India and Nepal are rising and two friendly nations are turning hostile. Most of the hostility is coming from the communist Nepal who is acting at the behest of their communist mentor China. After the Oli government came to power, Chinese influence in Nepal is only increasing continuously and recent Chinese handling of the whole Nepali politics and saving the communist government has only tightened the Chinese grip over Nepal.
In June 2019, the Nepali government made the Chinese language compulsory in all the schools and universities and the most notable point is that China offered to pay the salaries of the teachers and professors teaching the Chinese language. Chinese authorities recently showed the whole of Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) as their territory, while there was no reaction from the Nepali government over this. This also gives clarity about who is actually ruling Nepal. It’s not a party, it’s the ideology and the ideological stooges who are following their masters sitting in Beijing.
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India has also recently banned the import of palm oil from Nepal, which was a huge economic shock for Nepal. Nepali refined palm oil export has recently become a big export opportunity for the Himalayan nation. They import crude palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia and then refine and sell it in India to earn profits. Earlier when India banned the import of refined palm oil from Malaysia, it gave Nepal an exemption from the ban. But due to recent developments, India had to cancel the license of Nepali companies to promote the local refineries.
Nepal also gave various insensitive statements on India, about claiming various Indian regions as their own and also involving the Gurkha soldiers in the political cockfight. In response to the statement of Indian Army chief of acting at the behest of someone, Nepali minister claimed that this statement has hurt the sentiments of Nepali Gurkhas. Nepal also wants to hold a meeting with the UK and India regarding the employment of Nepali Gurkhas in the Indian army and the British army.
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Nepali ministers and even their Prime Minister are continuously indulging in war of words with India, worsening the already disfigured India-Nepal relations. After the comment of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanth, that “Nepal should not make the same mistake as Tibet,” which was a friendly warning to Nepal about the expansionist policies of Communist China, Nepal took it as a threat. KP Oli asked the Indian lawmaker to not make such statements. Recent comments by Nepal on the Hong Kong issue, that Hong Kong belongs to China has also raised many eyebrows across the world.
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The recent firing from the Nepali border police on Indian citizens in their territory, might turn out as the last nail in the coffin of India Nepal relations. In these firings, one Indian citizen has died and around two of them have been badly injured.
India and Nepal share a long boundary and India is the largest trading partner of Nepal. The two countries also have a long history of cultural and regional ties, which both must strive to save. A large number of Nepali citizens come to India and earn their livelihood, sending back remittances which is also a huge source of the country’s income. Nepal should not walk on the path of communist China, as their mentors will only make them end up like Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where hunger kills people and the country’s economy dies of loans.