India and Nepal not only share an open border of over 1,700 kilometers but have an age-old ‘Roti-Beti’ (Bread & Daughter) relationship. The daughters of Nepal are married in the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, then in Nepal also the young girls of these states get married.
In order to maintain and keep intact these historical relations between the two states, many organizations are working day and night. One of them is the Nepal India Friendship Association. The foundation was laid in 1955 when the then President of India, Dr Radhakrishnan visited Nepal, but in 1981, the institution continued its work by officially registering itself, with its head office in Kathmandu.
“Our organization has been strengthening Nepal-India relations for the last 40 years. We are working to take care of Indian citizens in Nepal,” said Srichand Gupta, who hails from Siddharthanagar formerly Bhairahawa district and has been associated with this institution for the last 40 years.
Gupta is also the president of the Nepal-India Friendship Association from Belahia in Nepal.
There are many other social organizations working in India on strengthening cultural relations with Nepal. Situated in Gorakhpur, India Nepal Friendship Society was established in 2002 to help the people of Nepal in India.
Anil Gupta, the President of India Nepal Friendship Society said his organization takes care that no Nepali brothers have any problem in India.
Santosh Pandey, a local politician said, “India-Nepal relationship is related to Beti-Roti. If there was no boundary marked between the two countries, it would have been difficult to differentiate between Nepal and India because of the similarity in the cultures.”
Pandey further said that India has huge support in whatever socio-economic development are seen in Nepal. “In my view, India Nepal had a relationship with the origin of this Earth, which no one can deny,” he said.