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Such an impression isn’t good for the future of India-Nepal ties. As highlighted by the five-month-long Madhesi blockade in 2015-16, suspicion of Indian interference can dent New Delhi’s credibility in Nepal overnight. Hence, the last thing that India …

Swaraj arrives in Kathmandu for 15th BIMSTEC meeting

Posted on: Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

The visit by Ms. Swaraj is mainly meant for the 15th Ministerial meeting from the Bay of Bengal countries, but she held bilateral talks acrossthe political spectrum of Nepal, including with agitating leaders of the Madhesi community, who have been …

Given the fractured verdict in Parliament and the opposition of KP Oli’s CPN(UML) – that has its voter base in the hills – against the Madhesi demands, a revised amendment draft was put forth last month. The Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of seven …

The first local elections in 19 years have raised great expectations but also generated a lot of tension. Madhesi parties are protesting, demanding changes to the constitution before the vote. Encouraged by victories in India, Nepal’s Hindu monarchists …

according to AFP. The vote has been split into two phases because of unrest in the southern plains bordering India, where the minority Madhesi ethnic group is refusing to participate until an amendment to the constitution is passed. Polling stations for …

India’s new envoy to Nepal arrives in Kathmandu

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 25, 2017

Nepal is preparing to hold three elections in the next 10 months against the backdrop of a standoff between the government and Madhesi parties. Before Puri was appointed as ambassador to Nepal, he was India’s envoy to Belgium. An Indian Foreign Service …

No existence of Kathmandu without Madhes: PM

Posted on: Monday, Jan 16, 2017

“The responsibility of maintaining unity among the mountain, hill and Terai falls upon the shoulders of us all,” he said, adding that Kathmandu and Madhes were the indispensable parts. He went to say that the constitution amendment proposal presented to …

Madhesi protesters rose up against the constitution in 2015, leading to months of unrest and clashes between police and demonstrators in December, that killed more than 50 people. A two-thirds majority is required to pass the proposed amendment …

At least the political parties are back to the fold and the new government is committed to ensuring that the Indian-origin Madhesis and other smaller groups living in the Terai areas also … are that the government and Madhesi parties have more or less …

Photo Kathmandu: War & peace

Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

A few months later, the government fast-tracked a controversial constitution which set the Terai, the lower lying plains bordering India, on fire resulting in 49 deaths and an ensuing blockade that grinded the country’s economy to a halt. In many ways …

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About Mithila

Mithila is an ancient cultural region of South Nepal and North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi Rivers are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila. The Ramayana records a dynastic marriage between Prince Rama of Ayodhya and Sita, the daughter of Raja Janak of Mithila. The town of Janakpur, in the northern Nepali section of Mithila, is believed to be Janak's old capital.

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