Nepal Radio weighs in on Indian border dispute


DM Monitoring

Mumbai: On Nepali radio stations, some of which are accessible in the border villages of Uttarakhand, there has been a sudden surge of songs focusing on the territorial dispute and advocating Nepal’s stand that Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura are Nepalese territory wrongly held by India.
According to a Times of India report, the songs speak of the return of the areas that were added to the newly minted map of Nepal. The Nepalese parliament recently passed a constitution amendment endorsing the country’s new map, which includes territories in India.
Nepali FM channels are commonly heard in the villages bordering the country. The TOI report quotes a school teacher in Dharchula in Pithoragarh district who used to until recently listen to the news on these radio stations.
Babita Sanwal, a school teacher told TOI that since the nature of news and songs changed on the Nepali FM channels, she has stopped listening to them.
“I have now stopped listening to Nepalese FM after they started playing a lot of anti-India songs on FM. These songs are being played multiple rounds, every hour,” she told TOI.