While the global countries are scrambling to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Nepal seems to be involved in territorial disputes with India.
On May 18, the Nepali Government has endorsed a new political map that includes Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura territories currently controlled by India.
According to Spokesperson Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, the new map will be updated in the constitution’s schedule, coat of arms, school curriculum, and government offices.
The New Nepal Map features
The aggressive move came on heels of the statement made by the Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane, accusing Nepal of raising the Lipulekh issue.
The Nepali Government was reeling under pressure to issue a new map featuring territories encroached by India after the southern neighbor released its new map.
Earlier, the Indian Government has released its new political map featuring Nepali territory of Kalapani inside its borders after creating Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as its union territories.
In response, the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee issued a written directive to the Nepali Government on November 11, 2019 to issue a new map including the encroached territory.
Similarly, in the month of Baishakh, the committee had directed the Nepali Government to publicize the new map claiming that the Limpiyadhura region is the source of the Mahakali River.
The Department of Survey had prepared the new map including encroached territories as mentioned in the Sugauli Treaty of 1816.
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