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Nepal To Take up Case with India over Kalapani

Published Nov 14, 2019
Updated May 20, 2020

The depth of resentment in Nepal over the issue of Kalapani being included in the Map issued by Survey of India is evident as Dr Govinda KC, a surgeon activist of Nepal who was staging his 17th hunger-strike demanding reforms in medical sector, decided to halt his strike in solidarity to support the government on the boundary issue.

Dr Govinda Kc crusader for reforms in medical education has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to correct a recently-released Indian political map that placed Nepali territories Kalapani and Limpiyadhura inside Indian borders writing a letter to Prime Minister Modi via Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Dr KC stated that encroachment upon Nepali territory by the southern neighbor has hurt the sentiment of Nepali people.

KC ended his hunger strike stating that the public sentiment is now being focused on the issue of border encroachment by India.

The prime minister of Nepal has said that all historical evidences to support Nepal’s position that Kalapani, LipuLekh and Limpiyadhura belonged to Nepal at the time of the signing of the Sugauli Treaty with the then British India will be collected before forwarding a representation to the Indian government.

“There will be negotiations with India through appropriate diplomatic channel once Nepal’s official position is prepared,” said NCP Secretariat Member Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

The Boundary Working Group of Nepal and India will be convened to resolve the issue. During the Joint Commission (JC) meeting held in 2014, the two countries had agreed to settle the outstanding border issues including Kalapani through foreign secretary-level mechanisms with technical inputs from the Department of Survey.

Now a foreign secretary level meeting is being proposed by Nepal to discuss the issue even as the Ambassador of Nepal to India has met India’s Foreign Secretary Mr Vijay Gokhale on the issue.