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Kalapani Territory

Kalapani Territory Syllabus subtopic: India and its neighbourhood- relations. News:  Nepal government has strongly objected to the inclusion of ‘Kalapani’ under the Indian Territory as per the newly released political map of India.   Prelims focus Location of Kalapani. Mains focus: About the dispute, India’s concerns and solutions.   Issue In the latest map, India included Kalapani in the Pithoragarh district of Utta

India, Nepal to hold talks on Kalapani

India, Nepal to hold talks on Kalapani Syllabus subtopic: India and its neighbourhood relations. Prelims and Mains focus: on the Kalapani dispute between India and Nepal; on the Treaty of Sagauli   News: Nepal and India will resolve the Kalapani border issue through dialogue, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.   Context: Nepal has raised objections after India released its new political map in November last year following the reorganisation of J

Sagarmatha Dialogue

Sagarmatha Dialogue Syllabus subtopic: Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. India and its Neighborhood- Relations.   Prelims and Mains focus: About the event and its significance   News: Nepal has invited the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, along with several other heads of governments and states, for the Sagarmatha Dialogue (Sagarmatha Sambaad).   Background I

Lower the temperature, defuse the issue

Lower the temperature, defuse the issue By, Jayant Prasad is a former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Introduction The inauguration of a road from Dharchula to Lipu Lekh (China border) by India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has now been followed by Nepal’s charge claiming that the stretch passes though Nepalese territory. This road follows the traditional pilgrim route for the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra. The conversion of the trekking route to a metalled road is a boon to

Resume dialogue with Nepal now

Resume dialogue with Nepal now BY: Yashwant Sinha is former Minister of Finance and Minister of External Affairs; Atul K. Thakur is a policy professional and columnist Part of: GS-II- IR (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) India should take the lead in ending a deadlock that goes against the interest of bilateral ties with Nepal Background The time of a pandemic is not the time to have a hostile neighbourhood. At this moment, India should ideally lead in creating momentum for deeper regio

No longer special: On India-Nepal ties

No longer special: On India-Nepal ties Context # After months of brinkmanship, India and Nepal have brought their relations to the edge of a precipice. # The Oli government’s decision to pass the constitutional amendment ratifying a change in its maps that include Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura, territories that India controls, marks a decidedly new phase in ties. Disputed territory # While the issue is an old one, it resurfaced in 2019 when New Delhi published new po

Pashupatinath Temple and India - Nepal

Nepal-Bharat Maitri Nepal-Bharat Maitri is a development partnership initiated by India as a high-impact community development scheme. This initiative is another milestone in strengthening cultural ties and people-to-people contacts between the two countries. In 2018, Nepal-Bharat Maitri - Pashupati Dharmashala was inaugurated in Kathmandu, Nepal. Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed under Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership, for the construction of a sa

India - Nepal Relations

What are the India – Nepal relations?  As close neighbours, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation characterized by open borders and deep-rooted people–to–people contacts of kinship and culture. It shares a border with 5 Indian States - Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar  Pradesh and  Uttarakhand. India – Nepal Trade relations The previous trade treaty revised in 1996 can be considered a turning point in the tr

Nepal Political crisis explained.

Nepal Political crisis India - Nepal issue is the emerging issue in UPSC Mains Examination 2021. It is highly important for UPSC GS Paper II Mains for International Relations. Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s recommendation to dissolve Parliament, which has been duly approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, has pushed the young democracy into an unprecedented constitutional crisis and political turmoil. Mr. Oli belongs to Nepal Communist Party with a near two thirds major

Nepal Political Crisis and India’s stand

Nepal Political Crisis and India’s stand China’s stand By sending a senior delegation of the Communist Party of China to Kathmandu within days of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s controversial decision to dissolve Parliament and call for elections, Beijing has sent a worrying message that it is prepared to intervene in Nepal’s politics. The team led by the Vice Minister of the CPC’s International Department, Guo Yezhou, met political leaders and called o

India – Nepal ties during COVID-19

India – Nepal ties during COVID-19 In Nepal, however, officials said the resolution of the dispute remains important for improving overall bilateral ties that plunged to new lows last year. “We have been urging India repeatedly through diplomatic notes to bring the border dispute to the table and the Joint Commission is an opportunity for us to that,” said Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Adviser to Mr. Oli, explaining Nepal’s direction for the Joint Commission t

Analysis of India – Nepal relations

Analysis of India – Nepal relations As a unique characteristic, Nepal’s internal political fundamentals continue to shape its foreign policy choices. In the process, what gets lost is the scope of pursuing ‘enlighted self-interest’. In such a scenario, any inbound or outbound delegation is seen from a different prism, and anything discussed or not equally gives ample space to interpretation and misinterpretation. The year 2020 marked China’s unpreced

Nepal Foreign Minister to meet Jaishankar today

Nepal Foreign Minister to meet Jaishankar today Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday for their first face-to-face meeting since the border row led to a slide in ties. Gyawali, who arrived in New Delhi Thursday afternoon, will co-chair the India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting along with Jaishankar on Friday. This comes against the backdrop of a political crisis in Nepal, where Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli has dissolved

Nepal Political crisis

Nepal Political crisis The political crisis triggered by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve Nepal’s Parliament and call fresh elections led to a vertical split in the ruling party, with the rival faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ sacking Mr. Oli from its general membership. The Prachanda faction of the Nepal Communist Party had removed Mr. Oli as the party’s chairman earlier. It had issued a notice to him seeking an explana

Nepal’s present political crisis

Nepal’s present political crisis Introduction A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of Nepal quite rightly overturned Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s decision to unilaterally dissolve Parliament in December 2020 and which was later approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Reason for dissolution of the Parliament The Court correctly observed that there was the possibility of the formation of a new government in case Mr Oli did not enjoy the confidence of Parliamen

India – Nepal relations

India – Nepal relations Rail Transportation between India & Nepal got a major boost today with coming into force of authorization to all cargo train operators to utilize the Indian railway network to carry all containers bound for Nepal whether bilateral freight between India and Nepal or third country freight from Indian ports to Nepal. This liberalization will allow market forces to come up in the rail freight segment in Nepal and is likely to increase efficiency and cost- c

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