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

 

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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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    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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