- Controversy about new school book in Nepal
- Border dispute with India being taught to children
- Accused, India is encroaching
- Experts are also angry in the country, the impact on negotiations
A border dispute arose between India and Nepal in May. The door to its solution was also visible through negotiations that now a fresh dispute has arisen. The Government of Nepal has published the disputed map in a children’s book. Not only this, it also refers to the border dispute with India. With this, there is a possibility of a blow to the bilateral dialogue between the two countries.
Nepal claims on Kalapani
According to the country’s education minister Giriraj Mani Pokharal, the book was published in response to India’s action. He says that India released a map last year showing Kalapani in its range. Nepal calls Kalapani as its own. In the new book of Nepal, children are being taught about the territory of Nepal and there is a mention of border disputes.
Disputes with India included
It also involves a dispute with India. In such a situation, a question has arisen whether it was necessary to do so. Especially at a time when there are other more important issues before the government. This year the controversy had escalated in May when India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the link road for Kailash Mansarovar via Lipulekh. In response, Nepal released its new map, in which the three areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura were mentioned.
Accused of encroachment on India
The book states that after the China War of 1962, the then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru sought permission to keep his army in Nepal for some time. It has been claimed that instead of removing the army, the Government of India released the map and declared the area as its own. It also alleges that India has deliberately encroached on the border districts.
Done for your benefit?
In the book, Pokharal himself writes about how he campaigned 24 years ago to drive the Indian Army out of Nepal. Experts in Nepal have also opposed the move. He says that there should be no ministerial role in academic books and Pokharal has done so to create his image. At the same time, the Associate Professor of the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies says that such books not only increase the knowledge of the new generation, but also stops the conversation between the strained relations between the two countries.
Now India and Nepal will talk on Kalapani and script