Impacts of India's Transit Warfare against Nepal

Bishnu Pathak


Nepal promulgated the New Constitution with signatures of 90 percent of the Constituent Assembly (CA) II members on September 20, 2015. The world congratulated Nepal for its success, but Nepal's roji-roti-beti closest neighbor India sent a cold-note and a mild-warning. India informally conveyed a proposed 7-point constitutional amendment the following day supporting 10 percent of Nepal's CA II, which are agitating Madhesi groups. Such amendments interfere with landlocked Nepal's sovereign and internal affairs, but Nepal was full of confusion in answering it. Moreover, India initiated an undeclared transit trade warfare, blocking Nepo-India borders. The blocking at borders is freezing the life of all Nepalis. Now Nepal suffers from an acute shortage of cooking and oxygen gas, gasoline, medicines and other daily humanitarian supplies. Hospitals have stopped normal operations in the lack of medicines and oxygen gas. No gasoline is being provided to public and private vehicles except security officials. Only emergency flights are operating. Worse still, India's transit warfare was conducted in a period when Nepo-China borders were blocked by the post-Earthquake. India's proposed Amendment in the Constitution for Madhesi groups is just a drama; clearly the myopic interest of India is to control Nepal's natural resources and to restore the Hindu Kingdom. Ranjit Rae, India's Ambassador to Kathmandu gathering agitating Tarai-Madhes leaders into the Embassy just before Prime Minister's election said, "The winning of Oli as a Prime Minister of Nepal is a defeat of India"(Ratopati, 2015). Rae further hurts the Nepali as he followed Goebbels' style of reporting to New Delhi. As a result, angry masses are displaying arson effigies of India and PM Modi across the country ranging in Tarai, Hill and Mountain. The 21st century's great socialist leader Modi now becomes known as a bully leader in the eyes of Nepali and South Asian people. And his popularity is plummeting each and every day. If the talented and clever Modi does not abandon his ego and ambition, he might do suicide in the same way Nepal's former King Mahendra did in 1972 when he honestly realized the error of his past mistakes and wrongdoings. Nepal now turns to United Nations against India's shadow-boxing to achieve landlocked country's sovereign rights and other concerned rights.

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