New Delhi: India reprimanded Nepal for showing Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiapura, as Nepalese territories in the new map published by Nepal. India warned Nepal ‘Nepal must honour the Indian integrity and sovereignty and any interference in this respect will not be tolerated.’ India also said that the border dispute could be resolved through discussions, but the Nepalese attitude is detrimental to the atmosphere for talks.
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli Sharma cabinet approved the new map of Nepal on Monday. The new map shows Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiapura along with the towns Gunji, Nabhi and Kuti as Nepalese territories. India has registered a strong protest with Nepal over the new map. India reprimanded Nepal is stern words ‘There is no historical evidence for the claim made by the Nepalese government. This is a baseless map. The dispute started over the Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiapura can be resolved through dialogue. But Nepal has to respect the integrity and sovereignty of India. This kind of acts cannot be tolerated.’
A few days ago, Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh inaugurated Kailas-Mansarovar Linkway. Nepal opposed this road, saying that the road passes through Nepalese territory. Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli Sharma had also warned that Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiapura will once again be included in the Nepalese map.
Lipulekha pass lies near Kalapani. Both India and Nepal consider Kalapani as their integral part. Kalapani is considered to be a part of the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and Dharchula district of Nepal. Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali summoned Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Qattra, last week, over the issue of this same Kailas-Mansarovar kink road.
India adopted a stand that Kalapani is a part of the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and the road constructed here is a part of India. Chief of the Army Staff, General MM Naravane, without naming China, said that probably there is someone else, instigating Nepal to oppose the road. Analysts also are claiming that China is provoking Nepal to oppose India.
The policies of the communist government led by Prime Minister KP Oli Sharma have always been pro-Chinese. Chinese infiltration attempts in Himachal. India foiled Sikkim and Ladakh. The development works undertaken by India in the border region have not gone down well with China. There is strategic importance to the Kailas-Mansarovar link road built by India, as it will facilitate the Indian military to reach the Chinese border, much faster than before. India, China and Nepal borders meet in Lipulekh. Therefore, China is trying to dig out a dispute by instigating Nepal.