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Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:09 pm

An important thread I feel especially with regard to the increasing Chinese influence in Nepal. There has been a lot of recent news with regard to KP Oli increasingly tending to favor the Chinese as a primary trading partner than India. Our new site as well regularly tries to focus on the Nepali diaspora in India which probably number approximately 2 million.

Over the last few years this is an increasing concern especially with regard to strategic security in India as the Indo Nepali border is completely porous. With Nepal’s economy also being in the poor state that it is, many Nepalis have been forced to emigrate to the Middle East for taking up jobs. This is also meant that many conversions of Hindu Nepalis have taken place leading to many of these expatriates coming back and setting up madrassahs on the Indo Nepal Border.

We have published quite a few videos on this and I will continue to post important topics with regard to this important strategic relationship.
Over the last week we have seen reports of Nepali children in some schools where Mandarin has now become compulsory learning.
Not just that, but Nepal has also stopped any celebrations with regard to celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
KP Oli has also repeatedly asked for resumption of the SAARC Summit which includes Pakistan, instead of BIMSTEC which India has been trying to promote.

Even with all the billions in in aid that we have given Nepal and our overwhelming help in developing the country including infrastructure involving schools and bridges, we can't seem to encourage even people to people contact. Nepalis as we have seen on our social media channels regularly post and detest Indians it seems with a passion. They are regular news reports put out by Chinese constantly stating all India's interference especially with the Madhesi issue in a bid to annex Nepal. China after annexing so many territories now has turned its propaganda machine onto Nepal.
Nepal is vital to India's security with the mountains to some extent deterring the Chinese but also because but also because of Nepal's resources with regard to its mountains, glaciers as well as Hydro resources...Which feed the Indian plains.

Mandarin made mandatory in many Nepal schools: report
https://www.thehindu.com/news/internati ... 947956.ece

Nepal denies Tibetans' request to hold Dalai Lama birthday celebration
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nepa ... SKCN1U2074

Full steam ahead for Nepal-China railway project through Himalayas
https://www.business-standard.com/artic ... 537_1.html

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:23 pm

Nepali (read Nepaki) newspapers as bankrolled by China are making a field day of this. New stories are abundant about how India is pushing through poisonous vegetables to kill the Nepali population. Simply ridiculous. Every natural calamity or disaster we have been there for them 1st. Tens of billions do we keep pumping into Nepal for its infrastructure projects. Yet it is news stories like this that keep the anti India flame alive. It is time that India make active steps I feel to ally politicly with a grassroots party in Nepal as Chinese have done.

https://swarajyamag.com/world/how-pesti ... nepal-ties



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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:58 am

No call yet again has been hip quite hard during this monsoon season. Flash floods as well as overflowing of the Kosi and Gandaki rivers on the Nepali side seem to be causing a lot of damage as well as deaths from flooding. Apparently the Nepali's are blaming India again for Dyke -like structures along the border that seem to be holding the floodwaters in Nepal. Again more anti-India sentiment to deal with.
It seems that India does control some of the barrages and gates in Nepal to release floodwaters. Unfortunately this means that releasing more floodwaters into Bihar. Bihar itself seems to be going through its own crisis. Posted the link below here for further reading.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48986799
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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:04 pm

To be honest, a little bit shocking. Top upcoming cricketer of Nepal, Who has regularly played for the Delhi Daredevils and rejected for a US Visa. Forget about your common Nepali then.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:56 am

Modi is currently in Bhutan. Perhaps it is not the right time but I wish that we did this this issue earlier with regard to Bhutan. This issue specifically relates to the refugee issue of Hindu Lhotshampas who have been stateless for decades. Usually numbering around hundred and 10,000 they had been subject to staying as third-class citizens in the nation that strives for gross domestic happiness.

For the Lhotshampas, the last few decades have been nothing but misery for them. Being of the Nepali ethnicity and staying in Bhutan for the last few decades, they were quickly viewed by the Bhutanese monarchy as a threat radically changing the demographics of Bhutan in a few decades. In view of this even Lhotshampas who had appropriate documents and were citizens have his citizenship removed.

I never really understood why but the US granted refugee status to around 96,000 refugee Lhotshampas and most of them have made a home for themselves here in the United States. However, from what I understand that are still approximately 7000 that still live in camps in Bhutan and are mainly elderly as well as children. They are Hindus. In view of this, they should really be granted status under the citizenship amendment act akin to other refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Modi, I hope, will take up this issue in Bhutan.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:19 am

India provides Rs 233 crore financial aid to Nepal for infrastructure projects

Read more at:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... 774519.cms

The amounts of money that we are reporting to Nepal in the last few years is simply staggering. Unfortunately we simply can]t seem to establish more people to people contacts. On our social media sites that we see there is overwhelming anti-India sentiment. Nepal being a boundary state is usually relevant for the amount of resources it contains especially hydroelectric and the mineral deposits from its mountains. It is vital that we seek to try and change the paradigm already overtly under Chinese influence. This includes multiple Chinese websites, and would hope to bring more awareness to the crisis in Nepal on a daily basis.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:49 am

India and Nepal sign MoU on food safety

https://www.india-aware.com/latest/indi ... od-safety/
Nepal and India inked an agreement on food safety standards, while New Delhi handed over cheques amounting to Rs 3.74 billion for two projects, including reimbursement for post-quake reconstruction, during the Fifth Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting that was attended by Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali here.

The two sides inked a memorandum of understanding on food safety between the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control of Nepal and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:43 am

Nothing overtly stimulating from Nepal at least with regard to India and this article. Really from the Nepali foreign minister who was giving the interview to the Himalayan times. From my read, Nepal is still playing a very tight rope and equally equal approach.
While they acknowledge India's position in various bilateral talks, they are still apprehensive about any involvement as discussed by India. A good overview however I feel with regard to continuation on collaborative projects including the railways, direct investment with regard to building of infrastructure etc.

What are post below is an excerpt on border pillars between India and Nepal.

‘Nepal-India relations have reached new heights’

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/nep ... w-heights/
However, there are also challenges. The work of maintaining or reconstructing border pillars began in 2014, but much is still left to be done. Moreover, mapping in Susta and Kalapani has not yet been done. In 1989, we had decided to determine Nepal-India border on the basis of fixed-boundary principle. This means we do not determine the border on the basis of existing occupation or holding, but on the basis of maps prepared 150 to 200 years ago. This has resulted in issues of cross-holding in some places. The Joint Working Group on Border Management is working to maintain or reconstruct pillars in places where border determination has been completed. It is also working to resolve issues related to cross-holding and pending issues such as Susta and Kalapani. We have asked the group to expedite work.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:45 am

A great venture to open up a petroleum pipeline into Nepal. This will vastly improve the amount of trucks carrying fuel into the Himalayan nation. Nepal is almost completely dependent on petroleum products via India. We have often seen how Nepali Air Force helicopters and to even some extent IAF have been dropping huge amounts of natural gasoline cylinders into rural areas for basic necessities such as cooking. Nepal has a real dearth of energy even with huge Hydro power resources. Hopefully this is the first step in trying to keep the lights on for many Nepalis.

India, Nepal jointly inaugurate historic cross-border pipeline in South Asia

https://www.india-aware.com/latest/indi ... outh-asia/
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the Motihari-Amlekhganj (Nepal) petroleum pipeline through video conferencing on Tuesday. It is the first ever cross border petroleum pipeline in south Asia.

This will ensure environment-friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal. The total length of the pipeline is 69 kms.

It was built in just little over a year at the cost of Rs 350 crore, the cost entirely borne by the Indian oil Corporation, an Indian Public Sector Undertakings (PSU). Modi called this project “a symbol of our bilateral relations”. He reiterated that it will help enhance security of the region and “substantially cut down on transit costs”.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:29 am

The New York Times has yet again published an article regarding the embankments on the Indian side that supposedly holds floodwaters back into Nepal which has created a lot of strife among border communities in Nepal. However, watching the news today one can clearly see that these embankments have really not made any dent at all when it comes to flooding it seems across Bihar. Bihar it seems, to be another case of flooding crisis embankments or not.

However, nothing of the flood crisis in Bihar is ever mentioned about on the Nepali side. They really seems, to be some kind of break in communication which foreign agencies are making a hay of with regard to destruction on the Nepali side. Unfortunately, it seems I feel with climate change this is only going to get worse. The more global warming melts more snowfall from the Himalayas which means to increase amounts of flooding in the northern regions especially all across Nepal and northern states of India.

This could also mean massive amounts of floodwater that should already submerging a pretty low lying area of Bangladesh leading to climate refugees. In any case it is foreboding for the horrible situation over the next few years. Interlinking rivers and perhaps drawing away some of this excess floodwater from the north all the way across the Deccan to the South really seems to be needed on a war footing at the earliest.

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Re: Nepal and Himalayan News and Discussion 2019

Post by Muns » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:23 am

Nepal decks-up to welcome Chinese president

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/wor ... 549827.cms

Chinese really doing is no favors. Xi Coming to visit Modi in TN and then heading to Nepal to initiate the belt road initiative project which travels through Pok. Not only that but increasing real links between Tibet and Nepal are surely to be discussed. China has long been mining on a vast level on inside of the Himalayas especially in the northeast sector. Would not be surprising by me the start mining on the Nepali side using railways to completely deprive mineral wealth of an already poor Nepali nation.

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