India-Nepal border dispute: A global flashpoint in making

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Vijay Srinivas | Bengaluru

“Frankly, we do not like and shall not brook any foreign interference in Nepal. We recognize Nepal as an independent country and wish her well, but even a child knows that one cannot go to Nepal without passing through India. Therefore, no other country can have as intimate a relationship with Nepal as ours,” said India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Parliament on December 6, 1950.

This intimate relationship that Nehru had once envisioned might cripple in the coming days as all is not well between the two nations after a cartographic disputes led to verbal exchanges at the top.

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli attacked India saying “Indian virus is more dangerous than the Chinese and Italian ones.”

The scenario no doubts is snowballing into a geopolitical flashpoint in Asia after Indian Army Chief MM Naravane hinted at the role of China in exacerbating the border dispute with Nepal, and the United States asking India to “resist the Chinese aggression” after Indian and Chinese troops clashed at Ladakh where China claims that Indian troops have “trespassed” into its territory.

The backstory

The dispute isn’t new and had flared up most recently when India published a new map showcasing the bifurcation on Jammu and Kashmir back in November last year. The map depicted Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura as part of Uttarakhand which Nepal had vehemently protested calling it “an Indian occupation of two per cent of its land”.

Current diplomatic fracas popped up after the inauguration of 80 km road by India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh which passes through the disputed territory. Nepal as an act of retaliation has released a new map that includes all the territory it claims. 

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New Delhi has rejected the move saying it wasn’t based on historical facts.

The dispute

The issue date back to the British era. The Britishers ensured that the Nepali rulers’ territorial aims did not pose a threat to their imperialism in India. The Sugauli Treaty on Nepal in 1816 after a decisive victory by the British in two-years-long Anglo-Nepalese war has got a major role to play in the current tussle. The treaty claims that “the Rajah of Nepal renounces for himself, his heirs, and successors all claim to or connection with the countries lying to the west of river Kali and engages never to have any concern with those countries or inhabitants thereof.”

But the treaty fails to come out with a concrete accord on the accurate location of river Kali which led to the dispute between two sovereign nations.

The Nepalese government citing the treaty of Sugauli wanted their western side to coincide with the borders, India argues that Kalapani has been within the limit of Uttarakhand since the 1830s.

What next?

Having seen Narendra Modi’s muscular and nationalistic politics, it’s highly unlikely to have India behave in a subservient manner with Nepal over the dispute. KP Oli on the other hand who is already buckling under pressure from dissidents within his own party seems to have an interest in raising tensions over the dispute with India. But if things go south, Oli might face a massive backlash that can take a toll on his political career.

India’s foreign ministry while commenting on the issue had said that both nations are likely to hold foreign secretary-level discussions after pandemic ends. All eyes are now on the backchannels talks which will be crucial to maintain the balance of power with China taking an aggressive stance in the region. 

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1 thought on “India-Nepal border dispute: A global flashpoint in making”

  1. What are the dumb Indians in North Block, betting on Nepal ? It is a bogus dubious state, whose export to India, is toilet cleaners,dishwashers and prostitutes ?

    Such a nation and race, can be bought by any one.dindooohindoo

    India has more than 300000 pensioners of the Indian Army, in Nepal, to whom pensions and medical and other sops, worth 2 billion USD per annum,are expended by India !

    This is when there are 300 million people starving in India.This money rotates in the Nepal economy ! Y ?

    Y do Indian tras, use cheap Nepali Toilet cleaners, dishwasher and prostitutes ? There are 2 crore Nepalis in India – who earn an average of Rs 1 lac per annum,which is USD 30 billion – out of which 50% is sent out of the India

    Y ? When there is so much poverty and unemployment in India ?

    If PRC takes over the Indian army pension bill, to Nepalis – and doubles the pension – the pensioners in Nepali, from the Indian Army, will join the PRC ! All the infantry intel and intel on military installations and forward positions – will be sold by the Nepali soldiers to the PRC !

    Y willl a national of a foreign nation, serve in the Indian Army ? Is it that they are mercenaries ? There are 500 million underemployed Indians ! Are Indians a race of wimps – to use midget mercenaries in its army ?

    This is 2020 – it is a high tech war – what will these Nepali illiterates do ?

    It is a nation of illiterates and wimps – who care bankrupt and incapable of running a nation ! How can such a nation be a strategic partner ? Eiither India takes over Nepal with the Madhesis or just break off with the Nepali shit hole – as they will ULTIMATELY go to PRC . As time passes ,the link with India will lose – FOR SURE !

    India cannot compete with the PRC, , in terms of what PRC can spend on Nepal.

    What kind of a nation will use – the citizens of another nation – in its army – and spend 2 billion USD in payments to a foreign nation – on pensions etc – for Nepali soldiers in the Indian army ?

    Are Indians a race of wimps ?

    The Nepalis are also in the Chickens Neck and in the North East states bordering PRC and Bangladesh. Y ?

    Are these wimps and rats more reliable than Indians ? dindooohindoo

    What is a Goo-r-kha ?

    The word Gurkha comes from a Himalayan field mouse (Apodemus gurkha) ! What are these people ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_field_mouse
    https://eol.org/pages/1178940

    Nepalee Goo-rkhaas, buy “Dildos for their wives”

    The Nepalee Goo-r-khas, “buy dildos for their frustrated wives”, before they are off to East Asia, to “clean toilets and and pimp their daughters and sisters”!

    http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/sex-toys-gaining-popularity-in-kavre/

    “Human Urine farming” – Vedic style

    The “Innovation” of these Goo-r-khas – “urine f ..

    The “Innovation” of these Goo-r-khas – “urine farming”, for agriculture – “proximity with toilet cleaning” !

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/farmers-in-nepal-use-urine-to-boost-crop-yields/

    They live in garbage containers in Iraq

    http://arko.asia/news/nepal/govt-urged-to-rescue-nepalis-hiding-in-garbage-container-in-iraq/

    As per the “history” of these Nepali Goo-r-kha – they are “toilet cleaners”.

    They are called “pode” The other temple and funeral priests referred to Durga Prasad Sapkota as “the priest who became a pode”,meaning a “toilet-cleaner”

    http://parawartan.wordpress.com/2012/03/ http://www.academia.edu/5126760/The_Materi ality_of_Death_Bodies_burials_beliefs_Edited_by

    Lord Krishna, the Dandy Boy,”himself killed and beheaded the Nepali Goo-r-khaa Rat”, Yalambara – Still the Indian Army, “keeps these rats”

    So by a clever stroke of diplomacy,”Krishna cut off Yalambara’s head”. REFERENCE BELOW : https://www.scribd.com/doc/44141644/The-History-of-Ancient-Medieval-Nepal http://cultureandheritagetourisminn

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