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Nepal cranks up anti-India politics with cross-border marriage bill

Amendment would force Indian wives to wait seven years to gain citizenship

Students in Kathmandu tell India, which had just issued a new map of a disputed area, to back off in an earlier round of tit for tat politics that now has Nepal moving to cut off a route some Indians have taken to Nepali citizenship.   © Reuters

KATHMANDU -- Nepal is ratcheting up tensions with its outsized neighbor to the south, eroding the regional clout of India in such a manner that if Delhi were to respond it would risk giving China more sway in the Himalayas.

Nepal's latest snub comes in the form of a long-dormant bill that would amend the country's Citizenship Act by requiring foreign women married to Nepali men to wait seven years before becoming naturalized citizens. The amendment was recently endorsed by a parliamentary panel and is now expected to sail through the lower and upper houses in the coming weeks.

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