With the relationship between nepal and India precariously placed on account of a dispute over land high in the mountains, Nepal’s Defence Minister today accused the Indian Army chief of insulting his country.
Last week, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that Nepal’s strident objections to a new road being built in Uttarakhand is “at the behest of someone else”. The allusion to China was clear.
“Such a statement is an insulting statement made by ignoring Nepal’s history, our social characteristics and freedom. With this, the Indian CoAS (Army chief) has also hurt the sentiments of the Nepali Gurkha army personnel who lay down their lives to protect India. It must now become difficult for them to stand tall in front of the Gurkha forces,” Nepal’s Defence minister Ishwor Pokhrel said in a local newspaper today, according to news agency ANI.
On May 8, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated via videoconference an 80-km road that will make far easier the pilgrimage for lakhs of Hindus who visit Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet.
The road India is building passes connects Uttarakhand to the Lipulekh pass on the border with Tibet and runs across the stretch of land that is claimed by both countries as their own. nepal says the road encroaches on its territory, a claim that India strongly refutes.
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