India-Nepal Relations May Suffer If Border Dispute Doesn't End

08/10/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 9: Nepal Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay addressing the media about the alleged sexual harassment of two Nepalese maids by Saudi diplomat at Nepal embassy on September 9, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Two Nepalese maids have accused a Saudi diplomat of rape and torture while they were working in his home at Gurgaon on the outskirts of the national capital after which local police filed an FIR in the matter. The Nepal ambassador said that the Nepal embassy is in touch with the MEA and local police authorities sought detailed report on the incident. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Nepal will have to look beyond India if the blockade of its borders by anti-Constitution protesters which has hit essential supplies does not end and the obvious partner would be China, Nepalese Ambassador to New Delhi Deep Kumar Upadhyay said today.

The envoy said the landlocked country is undergoing a "crisis" because of the disruption in cross-border traffic, which had badly impacted transportation of essential commodities, especially fuel. He insisted the agreement between Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) should not be "violated".

Upadhyay said Nepal wants to "clear all misunderstanding" and "negativities" between the two countries and contended that India being a "big country should not show a small heart."

"When we are asked (by journalists) on what if the blockade does not end, then we say that we have to look at the world outside. Nepal is surrounded by India on three sides. On one side you have the Himalayas where the terrain is so difficult. Our priority would be restoring normalcy with the help of the Indian government.

"If this (easing) does not happen, then we have to look out to the world. It would be our helplessness (in doing that). But things won't reach that far. And it is also our desire (that things don't reach that point). On one hand we have India on three sides and on other hand we have China. So in the whole world's context, only these two countries can come for us," Upadhyay said.

He was speaking at a conference on 'Interaction Programme on the New Constitution of Nepal' organised by Samyukta Pravasi Nepal Association in India.

Nepal has alleged that India has imposed an economic blockade on the country following the announcement of its new Constitution, which is being seen as against the interest of Indian-origin Madhesi community living in the Terai region of the Himalayan nation.

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