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Indian and Nepali statements in Geneva HR Debate indicate hardening positions. Both sides need to cool down and introspect the way forward.— SUKH DEO MUNI (@SDMUNI) November 5, 2015
गाडी किन्न १५ र घर किन्न ३० लाख चाहिने रे । राष्ट्र बैंक सशुराली हो ? :) https://t.co/CtUeGDFbLd— Wanderlust (@Jaw_Knock) November 5, 2015
नेपाल मानवअधिकारको संरक्षणमा गम्भीर नभएको राष्ट्रसंघको ठहर
खगेन्द्र संग्रौलाहरु किन मधेशको पक्ष लिन्छन् ?
Unfazed by ‘China card’, India backs Madhes; asks Nepal to resolve dispute
India feels the "China card" has limited utility in Nepal's current domestic disputes and intends to consistently support the Madhesi case in order to get the Nepali leadership to offer meaningful negotiations to resolve differences over the new constitution. ..... Learning from past experience, the Indian establishment does not want to be seen as having "abandoned" Madhesis demanding an equitable constitution and does not seem likely to accede to expectations that it will lean on the protestors to call off the stir. ....... The view in New Delhi is that Madhesis have a point in their argument that if the stir is withdrawn, the pressure to redress their grievances - seen as genuine by India - will be off. ........ An Amnesty report pointed to "major" human rights shortcomings and criticized the federal structure for denying political representation to ethnic groups. Though India has been at odds with Amnesty in the past, the assessment matches its view of the constitution. "Nepali security forces resorted to excessive, disproportionate or unnecessary force in several clashes with protestors," the report said. ......... The fuel contracted with China will be increased subject to weather conditions as the winter arrives. Rather than succumb to the pressure tactics, India's response seems aimed at driving home the point that Nepal's hill-dominated leadership must accept the need to address the Madhesi demands. ....... Though at the receiving end in Kathmandu over its alleged role in blocking supplies to Nepal, the Indian side does not look keen to appease its critics at present. The "anti-India" sentiment has waxed and waned over the years and it is for Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli to put things in perspective and shape public opinion constructively.Violence, discrimination: In a first, India takes Nepal to the UN Human Rights Council
As a close and friendly neighbour, India’s Acting Permanent Representative Reddy said India has consistently appealed to the Nepal government to address all challenges in a spirit of dialogue and reconciliation.
India slams Nepal at UN human rights body
Taking a stand against Nepal for the first time at an international forum, India told a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council Wednesday that it was “concerned” over “lack of political progress” and incidents of “violence, extra-judicial killings and ethnic discrimination” in the Himalayan country.
Madhesi protest: Kathmandu trying to tire out, frighten opposition
In an unprecedented move, India has hit out at Nepal at a UN body for human rights violations and ethnic discrimination, and reiterated its message that Nepal should consolidate its constitution by accommodating all sections of society......... Given the sensitivities of Nepal’s peace process, India had not spoken of war-time atrocities. But in a first, it has recommended to Nepal ‘to ensure the effective functioning of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and full implementation of its recommendations, including prosecution of those responsible for violent insurgency’. .... This is a direct message to the Nepali Maoists that Delhi will not shield its crimes during the past. ......
Delhi has been traditionally cautious about using international human rights platforms— its position marks a clear willingness to generate pressure on the Nepal government through all means to sort out its internal crisis.
Even today, the friendship bridge has to bear the burden of nearly two-thirds of all international trade of Nepal. ...... On a normal day, hundreds of oil tankers and container trucks pass through the Shankaracharya Gate on the Nepalese side of the border and then join its highway system. Nepal’s export through Indian rail, road and the Kolkata port also has to traverse this route. Jogbani, Sunauli and Rupaidiha are other major custom points that mainly cater to local needs. ....... For over one and a half months, protesters have been staging sit-in protests at the Raxaul crossing, disturbing normal movement. It has caused severe shortages of cooking gas and other fuel in much of Nepal. Scarcities in Kathmandu have prompted the Nepalese media to term the disruption in supplies an Indian ‘blockade’.नेपालको छबि विश्वमा हसायो ओली सरकार ः नेता गुप्ता
The jingoistic rant has succeeded in diverting the attention from widespread protests in the entire Terai-Madhes plains that has been raging for nearly three months now......... Protests in Madhes erupted after
a charter was adopted through ‘fast-track’ without following any norms of constitutionality and in flagrant violation of political settlements between different stakeholders.......... One, the constitution fails to incorporate provisions of the agreement reached between the State and Madhesbadis twice in the past. Two, the statute has regressed from citizenship, inclusion, representation and secularity provisions of the interim constitution. Three, parameters set for creating federal units in the interim charter were ignored in promulgating the new constitution, and, four, Madhesbadis were kept out of the 16-point understanding that set the terms for the enactment of the supreme law of the land. ........ Despite disruptions in supply and difficulties in daily life throughout Nepal, the government has yet to begin serious negotiations with the agitators.
The State and the media in Kathmandu appear determined to tire out and frighten the opposition with a combination of talks and trickery....... Due to the cultural and historic significance, Janakpur, a town about 160 kilometres east of the hubbub of Birgunj, has become the pivot for the protesters. ....... By and large, the comfortable classes of Kathmandu appeared sanguine that powwow between their counterparts in New Delhi and Beijing will help all unresolved issues disappear in a jiffy. Apparently,
there is a reason the government isn’t taking the protests in Madhes seriously: Its core constituency in the capital city continues to look upon Madhesis with contempt............. The protracted protests appear pointless when some minor modifications in the promulgated constitution are enough to bring Madhesbadi protesters back into mainstream politics. Electoral constituencies based on population; proportional participation in state mechanism through inclusion; non-discrimination between citizens; and unalloyed secularity were enshrined in the interim constitution that have been either done away with or diluted beyond recognition in the new charter. ........... Political settlement to create principally two provinces in the Terai-Madhes area — instead of single unit for the whole region as agreed upon in various previous settlements—isn’t difficult so far. As soon as provincial arrangements get implemented, redrawing the boundary will be almost impossible due to technicalities of the statute. ........ The window of opportunity may not last long. Frustration is increasing throughout Madhes and extremist voices advocating violent means to secure self-rule are getting louder. If such a situation comes to pass, the self-fulfilling prophecy of the PEON will come true and New Delhi will once again assert its role as the ultimate arbiter of the fate of the Nepalese polity