Anti-Indian sentiment in Nepal is perhaps at its peak in the recent days, thanks to India’s own wrongdoings and micromanagement in its ‘closest’ neighbor, clearly violating the UN principles of non-interference.
A Nepali citizen Gobinda Gautam of Punarbas Municipality in Kanchanpur, Nepal’s far-west district which shares border with India’s Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states, was shot dead by the Indian SSB forces. The Indian border guards opened fire in Nepalis over a dispute relating the construction of a culvert on the Sano Khola River in Kanchanpur district of Nepal. The construction of culvert is intended to allow water to flow from one side to the other side.
The entire active social site users and intellectuals in the country and even the layman Nepalis along the Nepal-India border have strongly criticized the India’s wrong move in Nepal.
Nepal’s vernacular online news portals reports state that thousand of Nepalis have been protesting the barbaric attack of Indian SSB force against Nepalis living in the border line.
Likewise, sister organizations of major political parties have also announced the protest programs against the Indian expansionism. The term Indian expansionism during Nepal’s decade long insurgency was quite popular political jargon that was used by the Maoist rebels to describe the Indian establishment’s characters to look at its neighbor.
The Biplav-led Communist Party of Nepal has also announced the nationwide general strike on Sunday to protest the killing of a Nepali.
At home and abroad, Nepalis are collectively condemning the killing of an innocent Nepali.
Over the same issue, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has made a statement that Nepal as a sovereign country never accepts any sort of interference. Hinting at the Indian SSB force’s action, Prachanda added his government has taken the issue of killing seriously and government has talked to Indian leaders strongly. Keeping Home Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister in his two sides, Prachanda told a delegation team of Maoist leaders from Kanchanpur district and media that the government has used its diplomatic channel and the Home Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister have already talked to their Indian counterparts regarding the issue.
The government has decided to declare Gautam a martyr and offer Rs 1 million in compensation to the living of the Gautam family.
Meanwhile, the intellectuals have also condemned the incident terming it India’s bossism in the region.
Professor of Law at the University of Stockholm Katak Malla writes on his Facebook wall asking Is India starting ‘water war’ against Nepal or is it just bullying though the use of force inside Nepal?
However, the Indian Embassy in Nepal had denied the incident soon after the incident became viral in the news but later the the government of India itself has taken the issue seriously and has sought the postmortem report of the murdered Nepali national. Indian’s Ministry of External Affairs has said that it has started an enquiry on the death of a Nepali man.
Professor Mall has questioned the credibility of India’s fair probe. “Will India make an impartial inquiry? One should hope so. In any case, the killing of an unarmed innocent Nepali man by the Indian armed security is a barbarian act,” Malla writes.
What India does is yet not certain but the political parties in Nepal except the Madhes-centric parties have remained univocal over the killing of a Nepali man. CPN (UML) vice-chairman Bhim Rawal, in today’s Parliament meeting, has demanded due compensation to the kin of the martyr Gautam.