Nepal government changes citizenship laws for Indians

File photo of Nepalese Prime Minster.

Nepal on Saturday changed its citizenship laws for Indians. Nepal’s Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has cited India’s citizenship rules to justify the amendments the Nepalese government has brought.

Thapa announced that any Indian girl marrying a Nepalese citizen will have to wait for a minimum seven years to get citizenship.

He said India’s laws which allow for citizenship to be granted to a foreign national only after he/she has been married to an Indian citizen for over seven years.

Recently, the Nepalese armed forces deployed troops at the Indo-Nepal border, according to a report in India Today, in addition to building a helipad.

Tensions between India and Nepal have been on the rise after Nepal passed a bill that included in its political map, territories claimed by India. The (Second Amendment) Bill 2077, which was brought to include in the map of Nepal, Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani, was supported by all the 258 lawmakers present and voting in the parliament.

The territories are claimed by India, and Nepal government has said that they will ‘bring back the territory under Indian occupation for decades, at any cost’ even if the Himalayan nation has to ‘fight for it’.

Confrontation at the border has recently resulted in the killing of one Indian civilian, and injuring of four, when Nepalese forces open fire near the Bihar border.

The activities of the Indian Army have also increased and the Border Roads Organisation personnel can be seen continuously working on the newly built road which is critical for military purposes.

Indian Army chief General MM Naravane recently underscored the strong people-to-people ties between the two countries that have lately soured.

“We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people-to-people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future,” General Naravane recently said.


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