Nepal releases map of disputed areas
The Nepal map has been released covering the disputed areas of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh area. The dispute over India is about Kalapani belonging to Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Over the years, Nepal has raised the claim that the region belongs to them. The road connecting Dharchula with Lipulekh was built by India. Nepal has summoned the Indian High Commissioner.
The words of the Prime Minister of Nepal
Speaking in parliament a few days ago, Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli said the virus from India was far more deadly than in China and Italy. Nepal’s objection was triggered by India’s inauguration of the road linking Dharchula with Lipulekh. Earlier in the same speech, Oli had said that he did not want to cover issues related to the Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani and would take the right decision. He added that Nepal could be acquired at any cost at Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh area.
Map created by India to start the dispute
Despite disputes over the areas of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh, Nepal’s objections have been fueled by India’s creation of a new map in 2019. The map of India was drawn up with the newly divided Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Kalapani and Lipuluk are part of India on this map. Six months after the release of the map of India covering the disputed territories, Nepal has come out with opposition.
The dispute arose following the preparation of the map
The controversy erupted after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the road connecting China’s Kailash Mansarovar in Lipuluk Pass in Uttarakhand on May 8. Nepal has reacted strongly to this approach from India. Nepal’s move even entailed setting up security posts in disputed areas.
Behind the dispute is an old British story
India has been behind the Nepal dispute for years. The two countries share an 1800 km border. But it is Nepal who is arguing the most for the disputed areas. Nepal claims that it was based on the 1816 Treaty of Sougalli with British colonial rulers to define the border. Nepal has also accused India of deploying troops in disputed territories since 1962.