(Sandhya Jha, Intern Journalist) Kathmandu Nepal has approved its new political map. In this, the Indian territory on the border with Tibet, China and Nepal, Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura has been described as part of Nepal. The new map shows the northern, southern, eastern, and western international borders of Nepal. The politics and administrative systems of the areas adjacent to these borders are also mentioned.

Nepal approves new political map
Nepal approves new political map

Nepal’s Finance Minister Yubraj Khatiwada announced the release of the new map. He said the updated map was placed in the Council of Minister’s meeting, where it was approved. This map will be used on all government documents. The symbol of the country will also be the same map from now on. This map will be taught in books and common people will also use it.

Nepal objected after inauguration of Lipulekh Marg

India inaugurated the Lipulekh-Dharachula route on 8 May. Nepal had objected, calling it a unilateral decision. He claims that the entire area east of the Mahakali River falls within the Nepal border. In response, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said that Lipulekh falls within India’s border area and that the Manasarovar Yatra has been going on even before the Lipulekh route. We have now facilitated traffic for pilgrims, local people, and businessmen by building only on this route.

India released its map in November 2019

India released its new political map on 2 November 2019. It has been prepared by the Department of Science and Technology in association with the Survey Department. It covers Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, and Lipulekh areas in Indian territory. Nepal had objected to this even at that time. After this, the Indian Foreign Ministry denied any tampering with the border. The foreign ministry had said that the new map does not change the border with Nepal. Our map shows the sovereign region of India.

Since when and why is there a dispute?

The Sugauli Agreement was signed between Nepal and the British East India Company in 1816 after the Anglo-Nepal War. It depicts the Kali River as the western border of India and Nepal. On the basis of this, Nepal claims to be under the jurisdiction of Lipulekh and the other three regions. However, the situation regarding the border between the two countries is unclear. Both countries have their own maps showing the disputed area under their jurisdiction.

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