India calls its Nepal envoy for consultations; Nepal says can’t make everyone happy

India has also told Nepal that issues on which there are differences should be 'resolved through dialogue in an atmosphere free from violence and intimidation'.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 22, 2015 9:53 am
nepal, nepal constitution, india nepal relations, india nepal ambassador, india nepal envoy, nepal new constitution, nepal india, nepal news india news, nation news Nepalese people gather to celebrate the adoption of the country’s new constitution, outside the constituent assembly hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (Source: AP photo)

Indian envoy to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Monday briefed the government on the latest situation in that country after it adopted its new fully secular and democratic Constitution amid violent protests in several parts of Nepal along the Indian border.

Rae, who had spoken to the Nepalese Prime Minister yesterday to convey India’s concerns over the violent situation in several parts of the country bordering it, was called for “consultations” here, official sources said.

India has also told Nepal that issues on which there are differences should be “resolved through dialogue in an atmosphere free from violence and intimidation, and institutionalised in a manner that would enable broad-based ownership and acceptance”.

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The Indian envoy will be returning to Nepal tomorrow, the sources said when asked if Rae was called back to express India’s unhappiness after repeated advise from here to postpone the promulgation of the Constitution until it could be more acceptable to a greater number of people in Nepal, including minorities.

Significantly, MEA also issued a release saying, “We are deeply concerned over the incidents of violence resulting in death and injury in regions of Nepal bordering India following the promulgation of Constitution yesterday…

“We had repeatedly cautioned the political leadership of Nepal to take urgent steps to defuse the tension in these regions. This, if done in a timely manner, could have avoided these serious developments,” and hoped that initiatives will be taken by Nepal’s leadership to effectively and credibly address the causes underlying the present state of confrontation.

Noting that Indian freight companies and transporters have also voiced complaints about the difficulties they are facing in movement within Nepal and their security concerns, due to the prevailing unrest, the ministry added that “We have consistently argued that all sections of Nepal must reach a consensus on the political challenges confronting them.

“The issues facing Nepal are political in nature and cannot be resolved through force.”

Meanwhile, Nepalese Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay maintained that the Constitution takes care of the Hindu sentiments. “Nepal is ethnically diverse, so not possible to make everyone happy… Not only in Terai, there is some kind of reservation, some kind of unhappiness in the mountain region also.”

However, he asserted that “our national animal is still the cow. So, all Hindu sentiments will be covered, it will be covered in the acts (of the Constitution). These kinds of arrangements have been made. People should examine.”

Concerned over the violence, India had also sent Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Nepal last week for consultations with the country’s top leadership ahead of promulgation of the new Constitution.

Giving details of various incidents of violence, sources said three persons were injured in Mahabir Chowk in Biratnagar in police firing and NC MP Radhechandra Yadav’s house in Kalaiya (Bardia district) was attacked.

They also said that one of the three injured in police firing in Biratnagar later died apart from dozens who were injured in clashes with police in Kailali.

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  1. A
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:28 am
    Dear Mr.Modi I think the young generation a of the world ume you as a world leader,but from your latest reaction regarding the new consution of Nepal we neplese people became very sad,How can you ordered my country to have a several amendments in our own consution.Can you put your in your heart and say that you are doing justice for Neplese people, If so how many amendment did india made from the order of Nepli govt. while you wrote your indian consution .Still today we heartily respect you as a world leader,but if you keep intimidating your neighboring citizen in this way,what will be your image on the eye of young generation of the world ?
    1. M
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      Sep 24, 2015 at 11:43 am
      India should first settle disputes and conflicts in J&K, North East,Gornd Area of West Bengal, Punjab, Tamilnadu and other areas rather than interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. Is there any democratic country which has 100 percent consensus on any issue? Nepal promulgated the new consution with the overwhelming majority of 90 percent of the elected members of the Consuent embly including a large number of Madheshi members from the so-called agitating region. Can India tell the world what percent of Indian MPs voted in favor of Indian Consution in their CA in 1949? You should first read the new consution of Nepal and comment where the agitating groups are denied any democratic rights. Indian PM Modi was initially por in Nepal as not only as a regional leader but also a global leader, but now he has lost pority and his image is tarnished as a hypocrite who has not yet got rid of colonial hangover. Now the countries in the region should rethink about recommending India for its membership in UN Permanent Council. This is how India will degrade its image and value. Regarding using force, please revisit the Indian history of the use of force while annexing Andhra Pradesh to Indian Republic in the wake of Indian Independence, in Punjab during Khalistan movement, Tamil's movement in Tamilnadu and other areas. Madhesh movement can be settled through dialogue, if it is based on rationale not on whims and provocation.
      1. P
        Sep 23, 2015 at 7:10 am
        THis is direct Politics India is playing in southern Part of Nepal/Northern Part of India (BIhar). He want's to Suck Nepal More and Show China... What the heck is there on Publishing Consution and the Terai Agenda's.... Why don't India talks about Other Agendas like Eastern, Western also mid part. India wants to grab what Nepal has??? what the heck