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Will look beyond India if blockade doesn’t end: Nepal

Nepal alleged that India has imposed an economic blockade on the country following the announcement of its new Constitution.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 7, 2015 9:30 pm
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Nepal will have to look beyond India if the blockade of its borders by anti-Constitution protesters which has hit essential supplies does not end and the obvious partner would be China, Nepalese Ambassador to New Delhi, Deep Kumar Upadhyay said on Wednesday.

The envoy said the landlocked country is undergoing a “crisis” because of the disruption in cross-border traffic, which had badly impacted transportation of essential commodities, especially fuel. He insisted the agreement between Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) should not be “violated”.

Upadhyay said Nepal wants to “clear all misunderstanding” and “negativities” between the two countries and contended that India being a “big country should not show a small heart.”

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“When we are asked (by journalists) on what if the blockade does not end, then we say that we have to look at the world outside. Nepal is surrounded by India on three sides. On one side you have the Himalayas where the terrain is so difficult. Our priority would be restoring normalcy with the help of the Indian government.

“If this (easing) does not happen, then we have to look out to the world. It would be our helplessness (in doing that). But things won’t reach that far. And it is also our desire (that things don’t reach that point). On the one hand, we have India on three sides and on other hand, we have China. So in the whole world’s context, only these two countries can come for us,” Upadhyay said.

He was speaking at the a conference on ‘Interaction Programme on the New Constitution of Nepal’ organised by Samyukta Pravasi Nepal Association in India.

Nepal has alleged that India has imposed an economic blockade on the country following the announcement of its new Constitution, which is being seen as against the interest of Indian-origin Madhesi community living in the Terai region of the Himalayan nation.

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    Harry
    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm
    India had been completely tested by Nepal since last 70 years, India always tried to make our leader only helpless followers and Nepal became poorest of poor in world economy. If again , Nepal failed to come out of India's grip and failed to import petroleum product from China, it might be suicidal for Nepal from both neighbors, due to its unbalanced diplomacy.
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      Samna
      Oct 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm
      Don't talk much,act it.if Nepal had think before then this situation wid not come.its failure of neps leaders, then blaming India.u can't trust fully on another country.u reap wat u sow.
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        Anurag Raj
        Oct 10, 2015 at 4:23 am
        My dear Indian friends, Please don't believe in everything your media tells you, I urge you. Your media and govt tell you that india didn't blockade, and you all believe unquestioningly. Isn't it the same media that, only weeks ago, hailed Jasleen Kaur as a heroine and reviled Sarabhjeet as a villain just because Jasleen accused him of verbal molestation? They didn't hear his side of the story before declaring him a culprit. Please also read kathmandu post for a balanced news feed. Your government and media won't tell you that Sushil koirala repeatedly ured the Indian govt that he'd provide security. Your govt and media will also not tell you that the oil tankers belong to Nepal and are driven by Nepali drivers. Nor will they tell you that there are alternate routes that don't have madhesi problem and india has blockaded those too. Indian commentators accuse nepal of being ungrateful. First let's consider modi's true motives behind earthquake help. He wanted to look good and increase his influence in nepal. I won't say this about the Indian public. They genuinely cared and would have stepped in if modi hadn't helped. Now, if you give someone five thousand dollars and months later kick him hard in the stomach so that he has to be hospitalized, is he going to be grateful to you? As long as Nepal agrees with everything Modi says, he goes out of his way to help her. The moment she disagrees, he punishes her. You call that help? Nepal is going to China out of desperation. I wouldn't call that being pro china. Some Indians in several websites have suggested China would turn nepal into tibet. Don't you think that if China had such designs, she would have swallowed Nepal long ago? Why wait sixty years? How feasible is it to run a country from across the himalayas? Till date China has only helped nepal. I admit, there is too much anti indian sentiment in nepal. Instead of blaming the Indian govt, they're hating the Indian public. Misplaced anger. But please don't blame the w for the faults of the many. They're still in the minority. If you're going to troll nepal and her people, what is the difference between you and them? Is this what you learned from Mahatma hi? You think he's blessing you from the heavens? I know most Indians are open to reason. That's why I'm writing all this. Modi may think he's getting away with all this, but there is divine justice and karma He'll have to pay. Unfortunately, he's accruing a lot of karmic debt for his country too. And i appeal to my fellow countrymen not to hate india Our real enemy is the indian govt, , not the public. Modi may have legitimate concerns about madjesis in nepal. But this is not the way to address them. If nepali leaders have betra him, why doesn't he go and granb their throat? Why make twenty nine million nepalis hostag?I wrote a message to an indian gentleman. Im copying and pasting the text below so that i dont have to repeat myself: Dear sir, Thank you for being open to reason, and I salute you for this.� So many people think India didn't blockade. If only they read the Nepali side of the story.� As they say, half knowledge is dangerous.� Just a little bit of logical analysis will show how absurd the idea is that India didn't blockade.� Even days after the blockade, there were close to four thousand trucks sted at the border.� If the drivers didn't want to enter Nepal, one has to ask why they were still there, why they didn't return to their point of origin.� In fact, why would they even start from origin, only to waste petrol going all the way to the border and saying they didn't want to go any further.� They know the route.� They would know what was going on there.� I would encourage Indians to also read kathmandu post for a balanced newsfeed.� Even if we are to support the hypothesis that India didn't blockadge, Modi turns out guilty just the same.� In that case, on the very first day of the 'blockade', his government should have ured the Nepali public that they were working on alternate routes and that that would take a few more days.� Nepalis would have understood and appreciate the urances.� They're not inconsiderate people.� But Modi govt. did nothing to alleviate the anxiety of Nepalis.� Also, Indian foreign sec. Jaishekhar visited Nepal rightly before Nepal ped the consution, to pressurize Nepal to delay it.� The Nepali side says that he threatened (of course in a veiled and polished language) with blockade.� The meeting was behind closed doors.� That's another red flag.� I don't think the Nepalis insisted on secret meeting.� The Indian side didn't want the discussion videotaped.� Otherwise Nepal could use the tape as an evidence against India.� I don' t think all this was mere coincidence.�� I know that many Indians, like you, are reasonable. They have just been brainwashed.� That really breaks my heart,because all this fight is totally unnecessary.� I have only love for the Indian public.� India is my spiritual motherland.� My own guru, Paramahansa Yogananda was from India.� Unfortunately, there are so many Indians posting anti-Nepal comments that it's impossible for me to reason with each and every one the way I did with you.� That's even more frustrating.� If only they knew all the facts.�� Yesterday, Sushil Koirala lashed out against the Indian govt,. for sending some trucks that carried rotten fruits and vegetables.� He claims Modi govt is doing this just to show the other countries and its own Indian public that the blockade has been lifted.� If Modi can stoop so low and hurt a country already bruised by the earthquake, I can't think any more evil than that.� The Nepali commentators are not without blame either.� Instead of India bashing, they should try to reason the way I did with you.�� Me�to Anurag Raj Dear sir, Thank you for being open to reason, and I salute you for this.� So many people think India didn't blockade. If only they read the Nepali side of the story.� As they say, half knowledge is dangerous.� Just a little bit of logical analysis will show how absurd the idea is that India didn't blockade.� Even days after the blockade, there were close to four thousand trucks sted at the border.� If the drivers didn't want to enter Nepal, one has to ask why they were still there, why they didn't return to their point of origin.� In fact, why would they even start from origin, only to waste petrol going all the way to the border and saying they didn't want to go any further.� They know the route.� They would know what was going on there.� I would encourage Indians to also read kathmandu post for a balanced newsfeed.� Even if we are to support the hypothesis that India didn't blockadge, Modi turns out guilty just the same.� In that case, on the very first day of the 'blockade', his government should have ured the Nepali public that they were working on alternate routes and that that would take a few more days.� Nepalis would have understood and appreciate the urances.� They're not inconsiderate people.� But Modi govt. did nothing to alleviate the anxiety of Nepalis.� Also, Indian foreign sec. Jaishekhar visited Nepal rightly before Nepal ped the consution, to pressurize Nepal to delay it.� The Nepali side says that he threatened (of course in a veiled and polished language) with blockade.� The meeting was behind closed doors.� That's another red flag.� I don't think the Nepalis insisted on secret meeting.� The Indian side didn't want the discussion videotaped.� Otherwise Nepal could use the tape as an evidence against India.� I don' t think all this was mere coincidence.�� I know that many Indians, like you, are reasonable. They have just been brainwashed.� That really breaks my heart,because all this fight is totally unnecessary.� I have only love for the Indian public.� India is my spiritual motherland.� My own guru, Paramahansa Yogananda was from India.� Unfortunately, there are so many Indians posting anti-Nepal comments that it's impossible for me to reason with each and every one the way I did with you.� That's even more frustrating.� If only they knew all the facts.�� Yesterday, Sushil Koirala lashed out against the Indian govt,. for sending some trucks that carried rotten fruits and vegetables.� He claims Modi govt is doing this just to show the other countries and its own Indian public that the blockade has been lifted.� If Modi can stoop so low and hurt a country already bruised by the earthquake, I can't think any more evil than that.� The Nepali commentators are not without blame either.� Instead of India bashing, they should try to reason the way I did with you.
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          mayank mishra
          Oct 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm
          india had already been helping nepal in all ups and owns, but nepal is showing its face of china backed government. They are blackmailing india aftre making anti people consution
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            JAGDISH
            Oct 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm
            This is a serious problem which is the creation of these 3 pahari parties. Why they did not implement agreements done with Mahdeshis in 2007 itself. They are not demanding anything new but just saying that they will end this agitation if those agreements are implemented. These leaders went to Tarai Region during election and promised that if elected and voted by mahedshi people they will take care of their rights. They betra their trust. What was stopping them to implement 2007 agreements. So those fools who blame India should look at the dishonesty and betrayal of their own leaders. These leaders in order to hide their own mistakes are blaming India for this problem. NEPALIS SHOULD ASK THEIR LEADERS , WHY THEY LIED AND BETRA THEIR OWN MAHEDSHI PEOPLE, OR DO THEY THINK THAT MAHDESHIS ARE NOT NEPALI , A 2ND CL CITIZENS AND DOES NOT MATTER TO THEM AT ALL ???? NEPALIS IN KATHMANDU SUPPORTING THESE CORRUPT LEADERS ARE THE BIGGEST S OF THE WORLD AND THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF EARTH.
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