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Civil society members unveil new political map of Nepal

Published Nov 25, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

While the Nepal Government has maintained a clear stance that the boundary dispute with India which has received much adverse publicity in the country driving up anti India sentiment is to be resolved through diplomacy and political efforts based on international norms the civil society members are not patient enough and are taking their informal steps in publication of maps that shows the disputed areas under Nepal.

Civil society members in Nepal unveiled a new political map comprising Limpiadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani in a bid to exert pressure on the government to issue a fresh political map placing these territories inside Nepali borders. “The map is based on digital elevation model,” said Dr Narendra Khanal, a member of the Border Protection Campaign as per Republica report.

Limpidhura is considered the origin of Kali (Mahakali) river which demarcates the border between the two countries as mentioned in the Sugauli Treaty signed between the then East India Company and Nepal in 1815.

Former secretary Dr DwarikanathDhungel said that the political map prepared by the civil society members will be handed to the Nepal government soon. “We want to take the new political map of Nepal to the United Nations as part of our campaign,” he said.

Former Director General of Survey Department Punya Prasad Oli said that Mahakali river is Nepal’s western border with India. At a time of huge public uproar across the country after a political map of India released by the Indians included Nepali territories demarcated by the Mahakali River on Nepal’s western border, any mention of the river, which is known as Kali in India, is conspicuously absent in the ninth edition of the political map released by the Survey of India recently as per the Republica.

The Government has attempted to defeat propaganda of the opposition as well which has accused it of sleeping over the issue and has claimed a clear stance on the subject of safeguarding territorial integrity, sovereignty, independency, equitable justice and prestige. It is not clear if the same has been taken up officially through diplomatic channels with India except for a meeting between Nepal’s Ambassador to India and the Indian Foreign Secretary. The two countries could look at options such as international arbitration to resolve the issue at the earliest.