A new school book on Nepal’s border disputes with India shows government’s misplaced priority, experts say

At a time when Nepal and India were seeing some positive gestures in the resumption of dialogue after months-long deadlock due to a “cartographic war”, the government on Tuesday released “a reference book” for school students, which dwells on border disputes, mainly with the southern neighbour, in a move that could further shrink the space for bilateral talks

Sep 17, 2020
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At a time when Nepal and India were seeing some positive gestures in the resumption of dialogue after months-long deadlock due to a “cartographic war”, the government on Tuesday released “a reference book” for school students, which dwells on border disputes, mainly with the southern neighbour, in a move that could further shrink the space for bilateral talks.

The publication of the book, according to Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel, was triggered by the Indian government’s move on November 2 last year to publish its political map depicting Kalapani within Indian borders. Nepal claims Kalapani as its own territory.

The two countries, however, reached a state of cartographic war in May when Indian defence minister inaugurated a road link via Lipulekh to Kailash Mansarovar in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Nepal responded with its own new political map depicting Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura within its borders.

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