Nepal takes Indian TV channels off air, Delhi heads to crisis table

With supplies running low, youth cadres of major political parties are whipping up anti-India sentiments and all Indian TV channels were taken off air Tuesday by cable operators.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu/new Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2015 12:00 am

 

Nepal, Nepal constitution, nepal new constitution, nepal violence, india nepal ties, indo nepal ties, Ranjit Rae, nepal news, india news, latest news Students affiliated with various students group shout slogans against India near the Indian Embassy during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal (AP Photo)

The crisis in Nepal over the new Constitution has deepened with protests in Madhes continuing to block the border with India and impacting life in the Kathmandu Valley and the hinterland.

With supplies running low, youth cadres of major political parties are whipping up anti-India sentiments and all Indian TV channels were taken off air Tuesday by cable operators. Moves are also afoot to stop screening of Hindi films.

Watch Video: Nepal’s Minister Speaks About The Agitation Over New Constitution

China Southern cancelled its flights to Nepal Tuesday saying it would not be able to fly without refuelling at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Airport authorities had earlier indicated that there could be shortage of aviation fuel because supplies were not coming in to the country.

Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae, speaking at a meeting organised by the Nepal-India Maitri Sangh, said there was no blockade by India, nor was India against Nepal’s Constitution.

 

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“We welcome the recent steps taken by the government of Nepal to hold dialogue with the agitating groups to end the existing political crisis in a peaceful manner… Nepal has come out of a very difficult situation and we don’t want it to return to another difficult situation,” he said.

“Nepal-India friendship is very old, solid and very much stable, and it doesn’t depend on any specific issue or incident. I am confident even after these difficult days, our friendship will be stronger,” Rae said.

Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya hoped that there would be ease in supply of essential commodities from India soon since efforts were being made at the diplomatic and political level.

“India has always played an important role during the hardship faced by Nepal in the past which was evident during the recent earthquakes. Let’s not speak irresponsible things and develop negative attitude towards each other at this sensitive time which might damage the centuries-old friendly relations,” he said.

In Bhaktapur, youths burnt the effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while nine youth organisations submitted a memorandum to the UN country representative claiming that the sovereignty and independence of Nepal was “under threat”.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who resigned from the Maoist party last weekend over the promulgation of the new Constitution, was chased away by Madhesi youths in Janakpur after he refused to burn a copy of the Constitution.

Bhattarai said he was of the view that the “injustice meted out” to Madhesis and Tharus should be addressed. He said he was willing to be a link between Kathmandu and the Terai to resolve the crisis. But he was forced to leave after Madhesis asked him to burn a copy of the Constitution.

Adding to the confusion in Kathmandu, Vice President Parmananda Jha issued a statement in which he accused the state of discriminating against Madhesis. “The state must talk to the Madhesis and fulfil its commitments made earlier,” he said.

K P Oli, chairman of the ruling CPN-UML, hit back at Jha saying he was “getting into party politics” and such “conduct” had almost become routine in the country.

New Delhi, which has been watching the developments with some amount of concern, is likely to “evaluate” the situation after Prime Minister Modi returns from the US early Wednesday. “There will be a stock-taking meeting in the next 24 to 48 hours,” a source indicated Tuesday night.

South Block officials are expected to brief the PM on the latest situation in Nepal. New Delhi has been maintaining that there is “no blockade” of supplies and goods from the Indian side — a claim that does not have many takers in Kathmandu.

In fact, Nepal’s Commerce and Supplies Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday before she flew off to New York to attend the UN General Assembly proceedings.

New Delhi, which has counselled the Nepal political leadership to take care of Madhesi aspirations, is learnt to have conveyed that India will not disrupt supplies of essential commodities. India has told Nepal’s leadership that vehicle-owners are not travelling because of the risks involved, owing to the unrest in the Terai region.

Sources said the Nepal government has assured that Indian interests will not be harmed, and they will take necessary steps.

— With PTI

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First Published on: September 30, 2015 2:14 am
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    Prakash
    Sep 30, 2015 at 8:37 am
    India is one powerful country in South Asia, but India must respect other small countries around it. It is no doubt, Nepal is small and economically weak, but no other country have right to act like BOSS and interfere in internal matters. More than 90% people are supporting new consution but, India is now promoting some groups and invest in the movement in the Tarai region, near Indian border, which is not hidden now. Though India has power to block supplies to Nepal, but its is definitely a extreme collapse of Indian foreign policy.
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      Dinesh
      Sep 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm
      Napal should join there brothers like Chinese and 's then they will learn like East stan now known as Bangladesh. GOD BLESS you s.
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        Saurav
        Sep 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm
        NEPALI'S are thieves. They commit crime in India and then cross back border. Bloody Chors.
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          Chandan
          Oct 1, 2015 at 9:03 am
          Tikka give him broad knowledge which is cool and calm thx. Tikka I like your balanced view and very resolving nature of comments. Kaipulla u seems pahriya not offending u. See things unitedly and building nation in broad sense equality and sovereignty
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            A Singh
            Sep 30, 2015 at 6:25 am
            Nepal govt.is not in the position to protect the Indians interest. The govt is about to collapse. Ultemately indian has to come & rescue.
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              arun
              Sep 30, 2015 at 11:50 am
              If this is only with the foreign born, I am completely with Nepal and India should not interfere. But, if new consution is removing these rights from every Madhesi ( who is born in Nepal), then there is a problem. Every Madhesi has a relationship in India and if they get affected, the Indian side will also get affected (due to emotional and economical touch). Similarly, if Gurkhas in indian Army get affected, the Nepalese also get affected. So, Indian government can't keep silence on this matter. We want a solution where Madhesis are given proper rights. If not, this will be seen as Anti-India move by communist-politicians in India.
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                arun
                Sep 30, 2015 at 11:55 am
                In a way your consution is your internal problem, but in a wider sense it is not. It is affecting w world and mostly India. If India makes a consution where it says those who are Nepalese will be treated like lower cl people (please take it as an example, nothing else), will you keep quiet??? Why Madhesis (mostly Indian originated) are going to be given a 2nd cl treatment?
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                  arun
                  Sep 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
                  You can take it as block but from our side there is no block. This is a game by your communist-driven politicians. India has never shown itself as a BOSS. Relations are just Give and Take. What you are going to offer if we are giving you something. This is no charity and Nepal should not depend upon charities. The Madhesis are also citizens of Nepal. They have relationships in India and if they are affected, the Indian people will be affected. So, Nepal should understand this very clearly. Because of your changes, Indian people and India is going to get affected, hence this can't be taken as case of silent spectator. If your neighbor is burning his house, you can't keep quiet as the fire will burn your house too. Although the neighbor is doing it in his house but it can't be ignored and the neighbor can't demand for a soverignty or his rights. Similarly, if India does something bad that influences Nepal (e.g. if blockade etc.) Nepal has full right to oppose thoe moves of India. You guys need to broaden your view point.
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                    bharath
                    Sep 30, 2015 at 6:40 am
                    All the best buddy!!! Go ahead and make merry with the Chinese. The stanis will also join in at some stage. Have fun...
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                      dgupta
                      Sep 30, 2015 at 2:44 am
                      India is trying to meddle Nepali internal business but hey, we have a true friend China who is more than happy to help us.
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                        dgupta
                        Sep 30, 2015 at 6:25 am
                        Tibetans living conditions are 253.2% better than Indians.
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                          kamaji kadam
                          Sep 30, 2015 at 10:38 am
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                            Kunal
                            Sep 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm
                            Don't comment immaturely.we change everything but not neighbors.if such think happening then its gud for India.
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                              kcshanker21
                              Sep 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm
                              Great job!! Tika jee i respect your opinion !!
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                                mik
                                Sep 30, 2015 at 9:56 am
                                Aapke comment se aapke khandaan ka pataa chalta hai.
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                                  mik
                                  Sep 30, 2015 at 9:51 am
                                  RSS was behind the move of making Nepal a Hindu country again. Modi tried a lot to convince Nepal to change their consution from secular to Hindu nation. The behind this was RSS. Now Indian government(BJP and RSS especially) became upset by the move of Nepal parliament to remain secular country. Due to which India government started punishing nepal. Modi is a big actor and also goonda. Till now he did not understand Indian economics and how to run country. He only knows how to do riots and to be in power. How come a prime minister of country like India can give half an hour to entertain a girl winning a reality show finale? Modi is nothing but a feku and he can only fake nothing else.
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                                    BM
                                    Sep 30, 2015 at 4:10 am
                                    Very good. Ask China to send supplies. BTW, have you noticed the condition of Tibetans ?
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                                      K. K.
                                      Oct 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm
                                      What is really needed is the regulated border not open border. This can prevent inter-border crimes, penetration by ISI etc.
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                                        mahdev
                                        Oct 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm
                                        Nepali government specially 3 party leaders are discriminating against one third of their own brother and sisters, (35-40% OF MAHDESHI POTION) just because they look indian, speak hindi or mathili or local languages other than nepali and on the other hand want to tell india that india is their elder brother. What a hypocrite. They forgot the indian help they got during earthquake, india was first one to respond in 6 hrs and so called Hindu nation forgets that Mata sita ji was from janakpur , same region which they are discriminating. Never seen such hypocrite nepali leaders and those who follow them on the name of nationalism. Sita maa was also a Terai lady from plain lands of nepal , which nepali leaders don't want to deal with . These hypocrite leaders forget that hindu religion says "Vasudevh Kutumbkam" - all world is like a family. Shame on nepali hypocrite leaders..SHAME ON OPENLY LYING TO NEPALI MAHDESHIS SINCE 2006 AGREEMENTS AND STILL GIVING THEM NOTHING BUT JUST BROKEN PROMISES , LIES AND MORE LIES. JUST BECAUSE YOU FROM PAHAR (MOUNTAIN REGIONS) WANT TO KEEP POWER IN YOUR HANDS. DIRTY POLITICS , THAT IS THE UGLY TRUTH UNDER THE VEIL OF FALSE NATIONALISM. THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE IF PUT THE RIGHT WAY AND NOT A ONLY NEPAL'S INTERNAL ISSUE. -- NAMASTAE - JAI NEPAL JAI HIND
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                                          Amit Shah
                                          Oct 1, 2015 at 10:56 am
                                          I really dont und er stand what are my fellow nepalese from Region thinking. The real story is, Mashesis are the people living in this area for ever. Wie habe long Bern deprived oft our rights, so wie habe Bern fighting, and not for the first time. We have in ured in a number of times that we shall get our rights but again stolen by the politicians. First time we fought lots of people died. Second time too more than 30 dead. This time it is 40 in 3 weeks. Madhesis have blocked the borders and continue to do so until our demands are met. Nepali media and the government has always been based. I read some jack saying border is open. Why don't you go there and see for yourself.
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                                            NAGU
                                            Sep 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm
                                            Just few months back, BJP Govt has awarded $One Billion (Rs. 65OO Crores ) Aid to Nepal for the Earthquake Victims, even though 6500 Farmers committed Suicide due to untimely Rain, but NOW see the FUN , Nepal youths hate INDIA. Naagu
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