Nepal amends the citizenship law after controversial map

Kathmandu: – Nepal has made one more attempt to incite India by making amendments to the ‘Citizenship Law’, following the Chinese backed map showing regions like Lipulekh and Kalapani as Nepalese territories. As per the amendment, if an Indian girl marries a Nepal national, she will not be given Nepalese citizenship immediately and will have to wait for seven years. Last week, Indian Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh had asserted that India and Nepal have familial ties and they will not break, whatever is decided by anyone. He has warned China, who was trying to sour the Indo-Nepalese relations. Against this background, it is evident that the KP Oli Sharma government in Nepal is dancing to the Chinese tune.   

Nepal amended the Citizenship Law on Saturday. Nepalese Home Minister, Ram Bahadur Thapa, announced the information regarding this. Thapa said, that if an Indian girl married a Nepalese boy, she would have to wait for seven years to get citizenship of Nepal. He referred to existing Indian law in this respect. But Nepalese Home Minister Thapa conveniently forgot to mention that the law does not apply to citizens of Nepal.   

Ten days ago, Nepal police had resorted to firing, on the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar. One Indian citizens was killed and four others were injured, in the firing. A farmer who was in the custody of the Nepal police said that he had been dragged into Nepal and then detained for one day. These people were waiting at the border as some of their relatives were coming from Nepal to meet them. They had an altercation with the police at that time.  

Marriages are common between boy and girls living in villages on both sides of the border. The familial ties are seen here and the Indian and Nepalese citizens cross the border easily. But the situation is changing now, raising concerns for the villagers. Against this background, the amendment has been made to the Citizenship Law.   

Meanwhile, the Nepalese FM radio also has started anti-India propaganda. Nepalese channels can be easily tuned in the villages on the Indian side of the border. But anti-India slogans can be heard in the middle of songs, on these channels. As per the villagers in Uttarakhand, there are slogans given on these channels that Kalapani and Lipulekh are Nepalese territories. Thereafter, the villagers in the border areas stooped tuning in to these channels and informed the Indian government. No reaction has been received from the Indian government in this matter. Accusations are being made in India that China is inciting Nepal to carry on with these activities against India. 

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