Concerned over anti-India sentiments in Nepal: Indian envoy

India's position was stated by Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae here in his meeting with former prime minister and senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.

By: PTI | Kathmandu | Published:November 4, 2015 9:24 pm

India on Wednesday made it clear that it was not supporting protests by Madhesis in Nepal and expressed concern over spreading of anti-India sentiments in the country. India also stressed that it had not imposed any blockade at the border, stalling supply of essential goods to Nepal.

India’s position was stated by Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae here in his meeting with former prime minister and senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. “The Ambassador expressed concern over the spreading of anti-India sentiments in Nepal,” the Nepalese leader’s personal aide Mohan Gautam said.

“He said that India was not involved in the blockade and refuted claims that the southern neighbour was supporting Madhes-based parties in their protests,” Gautam said of the meeting between the two at Madhav Kumar Nepal’s residence. The Nepalese leader, on his part, asked the Indian envoy to ease supplies to Nepal from India.

Meanwhile, two human rights organisations — Informal Service Sector Centre (INSEC) and Democratic Freedom and Human Rights Institute (DFHRI) — registered a complaint with the United Nations Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measure. In their complaint, they alleged that India had imposed a unilateral coercive blockade following the promulgation of Nepal’s new Constitution.

“India’s action violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, Provisions of World Trade Organisation, Nepal-India Transit Treaty and Agreement on South Asia Free Trade Area Agreement (SAFTA),” they claimed. Madhesis, Indian-origin inhabitants of Nepal’s Terai region, are protesting division of their ancestral homeland in the new Constitution. The agitation close to the main trading point near Raxaul has halted supply of essential goods, causing acute shortage of fuel in Nepal.

Over 40 people have died in the violent agitation that has also overwhelmed Indo-Nepal ties as transit of goods and fuel to the Himalayan nation from India via the major border trading points has been badly affected.

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  1. H
    Nov 6, 2015 at 2:43 am
    Now its responsibility of UN human right and other neutral agencies to investigate and publish report whether this blockade was done by India or by madhesh agitators ?
    1. K
      Nov 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm
      If thats the case why use our electricity. Why buy electricity from us and sell us with double the price. We never asked for free visa, aid money. The fact that india gave expired oil to nepal shows your true color. And the fact you all claim BUDDHA was born in india, well heres the fact BUDDHA was born in NEPAL. And the fact that indian government demands teritory of nepal shows how great you are.
      1. R
        Nov 5, 2015 at 12:33 am
        Ambador saab, why blame Nepalese? The CONgress and "seculars" make more anti-India statements that even s.
        1. T
          Tarun Durga
          Nov 5, 2015 at 3:29 am
          The political problem can be solved politically rather by ultranationalism.Nepalese need to look inward rather than reflect theier problems on India. This love hate relationship with India will not work.THE CHINA CARD will not work.
          1. D
            Nov 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm
            & who do you think responsible for it Mr. Rae??? What a farce when u say you are not supporting madhesh agitation ?? People from Nepal , now you and your media have openely converted to indian origin. It's a crime against humanity and your country will have to wait another 50 years for for whatever UN position ur country is vying due to this crime .... mind you,
            1. R
              Nov 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm
              Every one knows except Birgunj no where including Kakarbhitta, Galgalia, Biratnagar, Bhairwaha, Dhanghari, Thori, is any protest or strike. But even from these outlet except Indian vegetables nothing is coming in. So, what ever Ray says is complete lies. But we appreciate Indian Blockade, it will raise ultra nationalists in Nepal and later India will pay a much more higher price for its atrocities. Common Nepali were thinking that India is not run by stupid babus like S. Jayashankar or Ranjeet Ray with legacy of British bureaucracy , but people with wisdom like Atal Ji, Rajnath Shing and Sushma Swaraj are there. Now it is clear how weak politicians are.
              1. N
                Nov 4, 2015 at 11:38 pm
                Concern over interference from both Indian government and Indian civilian in Nepal: Nepal citizen
                1. S
                  sachin jha
                  Nov 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm
                  Having ties and family in India, also being Indian at heart I would like to say this is not how India will be super power, let alone the permanent member of U.N. The ones protesting with Biharis are new comers (less than 10 years) demanding equal rights as us , Madhesis whose ancestors have shed sweat and blood for this country.
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