No alternative to dialogue

Editorial

The uniqueness of Nepal-India relation has its genesis in the pervasive culture which in turn is based mainly on the two great Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata - and all that they entail. There are battles and disorder, competition and rivalries. And there are negotiations and agreements.

The Federal Parliament passed the constitution amendment bill by an overwhelming majority. The amendment to the Schedule-3 related to Article 9 (2) of the Constitution has effectively revised the map of Nepal represented in the Coat-of -Arms by incorporating Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani, the Nepali territories in the far-west corner of the country encroached upon by India since 1962.

With the endorsement of the new map of the country issued in consonance with Nepal’s border demarcated by the Sugauli Treaty, time has come to promptly start high-level diplomatic initiatives with India to regain possession of the Nepali territories and establish Nepal’s unfettered rights over the entire Kalapani -Limpiyadhura region.

Citizens of both countries who consider the Nepal-India friendship is bound by blood relations and special ties with the epithet ‘roti-beti ties’ are unequivocal that solution to all outstanding problems between the two countries, including the border issues, should be sought through serious diplomatic dialogue. However, Nepal government’s requests for talks with the proposal of date for the same remaining unreciprocated from India has given rise to suspicions that the cordial bilateral bonds between the two South Asian nations might be undermined.

Although the senior political leadership of both Nepal and India has been emphasizing on holding dialogue using technology, it appears that the side concerned in New Delhi is not heeding sincerely to it.

There is no room for skepticism that India will backtrack from the reality of resolving the issues between the two countries through extensive and sustained dialogue at the governmental and people’s level as well as at the level of all stakeholders including the intelligentsia. Nevertheless, it would not benefit both countries and the peoples of the two close neighbours if India failed to announce the date for talks by breaking the stalemate and its silence to convey the message that New Delhi has taken its relationship with Nepal positively and wanted to see it becoming rich and forward-looking.

It is indispensable for India to sit for dialogue even to settle its differences with Nepal by accepting the new political and administrative map recently issued by the Government of Nepal since the reality that the Kali River that originates from and flows through Limpiyadhura is the actual origin of the Mahakali River and that areas to the east of this river including Lipulek and Kalapani belongs to Nepal have been established from historical evidences, documents, maps and other testimonials.

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