November 8, 2019
Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, says the map has not revised the boundary and that it accurately depicts India’s sovereign territory.
India’s new political map—released earlier this week after India formally split up the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories—has created quite an uproar in Nepal, as it has placed the territory of Kalapani within Indian borders.
After the Post first reported the story on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement said on Wednesday, that “Nepal is clear about Kalapani being a part of Nepal’s territory” and that “any unilateral decision regarding outstanding issues that need to be sorted out through mutual agreement will not be acceptable to the Nepal government.”
The statement, however, referred to media reports while making its position clear on the Kalapani issue, rather than the actual map.
“We reiterate our commitment to find a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations,” said Kumar. At the same time, both countries should guard against vested interests trying to create differences between our two countries.”
Political parties in Nepal have also objected to India’s new political map, with their student wings launching protests, saying the map has wrongly placed Nepal’s Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura inside Indian borders.
On Wednesday, the All Nepal National Free Students Union, the student wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, staged protests in Kathmandu. On Thursday, the Nepal Students’ Union, the sister wing of the primary opposition Nepali Congress, also staged a protest in front of the Embassy of India in Kathmandu.