Sister City Agreement Between India And Nepal

Recently, one could pay tribute to the Indian scholar Ram Avatar Sharma, who took a great initiative to reinvent the paths that are based on the Ramayan writing by which the goddess Sita and Lord Ram traveled between Janakpur and Ayodhya. The mention of some important places where they were in such ways can be found in his publication in Hindi “Jahan Jahan Ram Charan Chali Jahin,” edited by Sri Ram Sanskritik Shodh Sansthan Nyas. Previously, the famous Indian scientist Sachchidanand Hirananda Vatsyayan `Agyen`, commonly known as `Agyen`, had made a meticulous contribution in this field. It is argued that while bus routes between Kathmandu and New Delhi can be set up, with the exception of a few other cities in both countries, there is no reason why the direct bus link between Janakpur and Ayodhya cannot resume by the routes through which the goddess Sita and Lord Ram travelled. It is very likely that most Hindus will like to travel between the two sacred cities by this road called Ram Janaki Marg, as announced by Minister Nitin Gadkari. Subsequently, Nepal and India could also work on the Janakpur Sitamarhi line, which will reduce the time and distance between Janakpur and Ayodhya. Such an initiative would help Sitamarhi develop as an important pilgrimage destination for Nepalese and Indian tourists. It is significant that the goddess Sita appeared in Sitamarhi when King Siradhawj Janak plowed the country. The twin city contract signed three years ago was due to expire on November 24, 2017, unless it was renewed. Unfortunately, in the last three years, no tangible progress has been made in achieving the vision of creating a living bi-urban agreement. The India-Nepal Treaty of 1950 formed the basis of the special relationship between India and Nepal.

Nepalese citizens use institutions and opportunities on an equal footing with Indian citizens, in accordance with the treaty`s provisions. Nearly 8 million Nepalese citizens live and work in India. During Islamic and British rule in India, foreign rulers had attempted to destroy the glorious spiritual values of Janakpur and Ayodhya. History shows that during the reign of the moguls in India, the temples of Janakpur were targeted in the same way as those targeted in Ayodhya. The case of Ram Janmbhoomi, the birthplace of Lord Ram, is his obvious evidence. Since then, there has been no initiative on both sides to develop roads and other infrastructure along the 622 km line between Janakpur and Ayodhya. Indeed, Janakpur and Ayodhya are as sacred to Hindus as Lumbini and Bodh Gaya to Buddhists, Jerusalem is for Christians and Mecca and the media are for Muslims. And yet, unfortunately, no significant effort has been made for the development of Janakpur and Ayodhya.