Is India Causing A Fuel Crisis In Nepal?
When Nepal passed a new constitution, India responded by closing its borders. So is India deliberately preventing fuel from entering Nepal?
Ongoing protests at the Nepal-India border turned violent this week, as protestors clashed with police, killing one person in the process. The unrest has been going on following the passage of Nepal's new constitution. Protestors say the new constitution marginalizes the Madhesi ethnic minority, a group that comprises roughly a third of Nepal's population. Outcry over the constitution and feared marginalization has been going on since August. Dozens of protestors have been killed in the process.
The protests have been going on for over a month, centered in the border town of Birgunj. India's government has gotten involved and is also opposing the new Nepalese Constitution. Now, fuel-carrying trucks are sitting idle on India's side of the border, with Indian authorities refusing to let them pass. India is blaming the unrest in Nepal for the blockade. Whatever the reason, there is now a major fuel crisis in Nepal, a country that heavily relies on imports from India for its energy needs.
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"India's unofficial blockade of its northern Himalayan neighbour has deepened landlocked country's multiple crises."
Make seven changes to your Constitution: India tells Nepal (indianexpress.com)
"These "amendments" have been conveyed to Nepal's leadership by the Indian government through official channels Ranjit Rae, India's ambassador to Nepal."
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