Nepal stations bomb villages of Uttarakhand with songs against India | India News
Babita Sanwal, a school teacher in Dharchula in the Pithoragarh district who until recently was a regular listener to Darchula FM from Nepal, said she generally chose to listen to the news on the radio as she walked home from school. “Now I stopped listening to FM from Nepal after they started playing a lot of anti-India songs on FM,” he said. “These songs are playing multiple rounds, every hour.”
Sanwal said he remembers the lyrics to one of the songs: “Hamrai ho tyo Kalapani, Lipulekha, Limpiyadhura … Utha, jaga, veer nepali (Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura are ours … Wake up, brave people)”. She went offline after a local boy asked her if what is said in the song is true.
There are other songs that say “Lipulekh and Kalapani should be ours, it is our land that has been stolen”. Although some of these songs are between one year and six months old and have now resurfaced with revenge, some were recently released on platforms such as YouTube between March and June of this year.
According to the locals, Nepalese FM channels whose broadcasts are accessible across the border in cities like Dharchula and Jhoolaghat in Pithoragarh include Naya Nepal, Radio Kalapani, Radio Darchula, Lok Darpan, Radio Sarthi and Radio Mallikarjun.
Krishna Garbiyal, a local Dharchula merchant, who used to listen to the news on these radio stations, told TOI that he has stopped doing so lately since “the news bulletins are totally one-sided and show India in a bad light.”
He said: “I stopped (listened) when I heard songs saying that even Shillong and Darjeeling were part of Nepal and that they would not only take Kalapani but also drink water in Nalapani (a seasonal river in Dehradun),” he added.
Manju Tinkari, a radio jockey with a Nepali radio station, told TOI: “We do not exaggerate or underestimate things. We have just read the newsletters as they have happened. Also, the choice of songs depends mainly on the requests of the listeners. ”
N S Napalchyal, a former Uttarakhand chief secretary who hails from the Dharchula area in Pithoragarh, said Nepalese propaganda needs to be strongly countered. “The state government and even the central government should start their own community radios in the area to give the locals a clear picture of the current scenario.”
Madan Kaushik, a spokesman for the state government, said the problem is “genuine and that the government, which is already focusing on establishing community radios, will definitely also consider starting local radio stations in Pithoragarh.”
A senior Nepalese official from an intergovernmental organization in Kathmandu told TOI that “such nationalistic and anti-Indian songs do not prevail in Nepal and, in my opinion, would prevail only in areas along the border.”