Nepal eyes citizenship law tweak; ‘roti-beti’ ties with India at stake
KATHMANDU: A key parliamentary panel in Nepal has proposed to amend the country’s Citizenship Act that would require a foreign woman married to a Nepali national to wait seven years for naturalised citizenship.
Nepal’s main opposition parties decried the move, saying it would inconvenience people living in Madhes as cross-border marriage is prevalent there.
Both Nepali Congress (NC) and Janata Samajbadi Party (SJP) have said that such a provision could also affect the ‘bread and bride relations’ that Nepal has had with India for ages.
The Madheshi are residents of Terai region in the south of Nepal at the foothill of the Himalayas on the border with India in Bihar.
The bill to amend the existing Citizenship Act was registered at the Parliament on Sunday. It includes seven rights that a foreign woman married to a Nepali national can exercise till she acquires citizenship certificates.
Lack of a citizenship certificate will not bar them from running any businesses and earn, use and sell any fixed and movable assets, make profits through businesses and get involved in transaction of property of any kind.
The move to amend the citizenship act comes days after the Nepal go nment completed the process of redrawing the country’s political map through a Constitutional amendment, incorporating three strategically important Indian areas, a move that could severely jolt relations with New Delhi.
good that they are putting restrictions on themselves.. we can start treating them like any other foreign nationals.. charge Visa fee, put export restrictions, stop employment unless have work visa, arrest and attack Nepalese for illegal boarder crossings..
China has asked them to do. India should seal border, treats its citizens living in India as foreigners and stop the supply of material to Nepal through blockade. that is the only language they understand
Send all the Nepalese working India back.let their families feel the pain.
Nepalese citizenship paper is equivalent to toilet paper. I don't think India cares.
They will do what ever their master China is asking !
make passport and visa mandatory for Nepalese. let them queue up.
Oli born to an Indian parent, worked in New Delhi as a street sweeper in his early days (I think when he was 17 ), now he is spewing venom against India.
Wait till india throws back all saabjis back to nepal..
Nepal couldn’t have had a better neighbour than India which always looked at it like a kid brother, while Nepal in recent past has been inimical to India.
to spit on India they are now harassing their own citizens. oli has gone mad
I feel we should not vent our anger against the Nepalis.... this is precisely what the Chinese wants us to do..... just do everything to keep the good relationship going
Ashok Kumar H
Nepal is virtually a part of India. The bond is inseparable as Nepalese and Indians enjoy thousands of years of cultural , trade and mythological relationships. The present Communist Govt in Nepal has to be thrown out to save Indo- Nepal relationship.
Hate and Love
Oli is doing all this just to get Vote bank and China favour...
Mistake after Mistake, this Nepal erstwhile kingdom has lost its ethos of Hindutva to become hindu haters co unists. They will only suffer in long run
THE REAL TRUTH
Nepal is going to regret for many decades to come
A number of Nepalis work as security guards, construction workers, hotel cooks and waiters in India. Because of this hostile attitude of their Government, all these should be sent back......
Ramesh T M
Time will teach Nepalis who is a trusted ally & who is not.
China has reduced Nepal from an independent country to a mere satellite country
Who cares about Nepal let them be sl ve of China!!
Time to stop employing Nepalese.
Ravindra Kumar Dimri
Who is interested in Nepali citizeship......