Prachanda raises Greater Nepal Demand with full force
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2010
The Chief of Unified Maoists’ party Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal is of the opinion that the Nepal Army should not remain ever obliged to India just because they (India) have been providing with few weapons, some pieces of clothes and other petty logistic supports.
Addressing a program in the capital held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Prachanda also said that he was totally committed to regain Nepal’s lost territories to the then East India Company after the signing of the most humiliating treaty of Sugauli, 1816.
“The Sugauli treaty was signed with the British India Company not with the rulers of present day India”, Prachanda reminded his audience.
“We have the right to reject the treaty that was signed with the now non-existent East-India Company—that ruled India for centuries”, he said adding, “The treaty of 1950 made with India after liberation, clearly annuls all those treaties signed with the British India Company”.
“Thus the Sugauli Treaty is invalid by all legal means” said Dahal hinting that India should lawfully return the Nepali territories up to Tista in the East and Sutlej in the West.
Thus, he said “it is our right to discuss that our territories extended up to Tista in the East and Sutlej in the West prior to the signing of Sugauli Treaty.”
“We will continue to raise such issues in the following days”, he also assured.
Currently, some Nationalists’ organizations such as Unified Nepal Nationalist Front (UNNF) have been demanding for the lawful return of Nepal’s territories from India, under the slogan of ‘Demand for Greater Nepal’.
Some of the pro-India academics-mostly the Nepali version of S.D. Muni and the likes and the so-called subservient liberals have termed the demand for Greater Nepal as a Himalayan joke.