Indian barbarity at its worst in Nepal

Prem Kumari Pant

Ed. The Weekly Mirror, nepal

India continues to enjoy smothering the daily lives of Nepal.

The unwarranted economic blockade imposed by the southern neighbour some two weeks back has caused enormous difficulties herein the country.

The scarcity of petroleum products and other daily commodities is getting more chronic, which could also severely disrupt the upcoming Dashain /Tihar festivities.

Similarly, the blockade is almost sure to further weaken the already quake-hit tourism by sending negative message amongst foreign tourists willing to visit Nepal.

Nepal’s trade not just with India but also with third countries is also being affected by the Indian embargo. By all accounts, it has started to inflict serious wounds on Nepali economy and life.

More shockingly, New Delhi is relishing the crisis dJ. in Nepal in a sadistic way. Otherwise, it would not have been uttering one appalling lie after another a while talking about the blockade. Firstly, the Indian government flatly denied imposing any kind of ‘embargo on Nepal blaming the insecurity in the Nepali side of border for stopping supply of vital goods to Nepal. Then after it decided (on Saturday evening) to lift the blockade only to bamboozle the suffering Nepali people later.

This, of course, is a cunning stratagem of New Delhi to bully Kathmandu to the hilt. By doing so, it wants the Nepali leadership to eventually acquiesce to its demands. The seven changes the Indian establishment covertly seeks in the new constitution reek of something sinister. It does not a rocket scientist to say that very move is intended at making Nepali a vassal state of India. And the Madhes ‘based leaders are acting as stooges of the South Block in this regard in the name of the rights ‘ Madhesi populace.

The cadres of agitating Madhes( parties are brazenly using the Indian soil to attack Nepali security forces and block Nepal-bound goods. In what can be termed as the height of political hooliganism, India is furtively encouraging attacks on Nepali security forces by the agitators

Though its illicit blocked, India is also violating number of international conventions and 1 multilateral agreements including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, WTO provisions and Nepal-India Transit Treaty and Agreement on South Asia Free Trade Area Agreement (Safta), among others.

The way India is harassing Nepal amounts to the modern-day barbarism.

So, what is the best way for Nepal to counter the Indian belligerence, which lampoons every rule of civilized society?

Perhaps, taking India to the international courts through practical diplomatic efforts is the demand of the time.

Weekly Mirror editorial: Thanks.

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