Nepal officially releases a new controversial map showing Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura as its own.
The Nepal government on Wednesday officially issued a new controversial map of the country, which shows Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own.
Nepal’s President, Bidhya Devi, had said that new maps of the country would be published to show all areas it considers it is own while addressing the joint session of the Parliament,
According to Bhandari, “Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani region are Nepal’s territory, and concrete diplomatic efforts will be taken towards reclaiming these territories.
The map was unveiled by the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives & Poverty Alleviation. An official map of Nepal is going to be published accordingly, incorporating all the territories of Nepal.” Discussing Nepali govt’s approach, Bhandari tried to explain the “government of Nepal is committed to safeguarding the international borders of Nepal.” “Outstanding border disputes with India will be resolved through diplomatic medium relying on available historical treaties, maps, facts, and evidence.”
Indian envoy to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra had been called by Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, and its concern was raised over the matter, after this development.
Kathmandu had raised the chorus over the issue after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road from Dharchula to Lipulekh to reduce the time taken for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage. New Delhi is watching over an increased Chinese role in Nepal as a reason for Kathmandu’s current comments. India has clarified it further to Nepal on Lipulekh that the “recently inaugurated road section in Pithoragarh district in the State of Uttarakhand lies completely within the territory of India.”
Indian Army Chief said, “I do not know exactly what they are exactly agitating about. Never been a problem in the past, reasons to believe they might have raised these problems, issues at the behest of someone else, and there is very much a possibility.”
The ongoing dispute is not new and dates back to 1816 when under the Treaty of Sugauli, King of Nepal lost parts of its territory to the British, including Kalapani and Lipulekh. One name has not been taken, but China’s increased involvement in the country is well known.