Blockade at India-Nepal border after Nepal approves secular status, not Hindu

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India’s Hindu nationalist government has reacted “immaturely” to Nepal’s decision to call itself a “secular” state as opposed to a “Hindu” nation in the long-awaited constitution that was finally approved on 16 September, said a Nepalese Christian leader. A blockade on the Nepal-India border has led to extreme shortages of basic essentials, but Indian officials deny their involvement.

“[The] BJP party was very interested to make Nepal a Hindu State. It has expressed that intention time to time through its leaders. During the visits of Modi to Nepal, he had a special interest of making ‘religious pilgrimage’ to various religious sites in Nepal … and since it did not happen, under the pressure of BJP, RSS, or such organizations, Modi government imposed embargo to Nepal. Such reaction of Modi is interpreted as immature and he has failed in his diplomatic norms in relation to neighbour, Nepal. … Nepal has been…

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