“India: respect Nepal’s sovereignty”, these types of slogans are written on the posters used by the activists of Human rights and peace society of Nepal. On 20th May, a new map was displayed at a press conference in Kathmandu by the Ministry of Land, Padma Kumari Aryal, who said the government of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli is committed to protecting the territorial integrity of the country. Reverting on Nepal’s new official map claiming Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, and Lipulekh of Uttrakhand, Ministry of External Affairs of India said on Wednesday that these artificial maps are “unacceptable” to India. Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said “this unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence. It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issue through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India”.
On the contrary, this measure has been celebrated by the activists of Human rights and the peace society of Nepal, government officials, and others. “It is a historic moment of happiness for the people of Nepal. Government of Prime Minister K.P. Oli will uphold the prestige of Nepal. We will publish the map and make it a part of the school textbooks”, said Ms. Aryal.
On the 8th of May Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with CDS Bipin Rawat and Army chief General Naravane inaugurated the much-awaited pass to Mansarovar via the Lipu lake pass. Our neighbor, Nepal, is now protesting this move claiming the regions of Lipu Lake, Kalapani, and Limpiyadurah in its map. There is no sign of this road for Nepal but this link is very important for India to get easy access to the part of LAC, the de facto Sino-India border where there is continuous fierce combat between India and China. When asked about this issue, Army chief Manoj Mukund Narvane cleared it by saying that Lipu Lake is not a bone of content between the two countries. “there must be some reason to believe that Nepal might have behest this issue of someone else and that is very much possibility”, he added. The army chief was not subtle about his address but it can be comprehended by this statement that clearly Nepal is entertaining china and there is certainly some link between this Lipu lake issue and the faceoff of India and China troops in Sikkim border.
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India has been sharing camaraderie with Nepal throughout the past decades. It allows citizens of Nepal to work in the country without visas; they can apply for any government job in India. Our Nepali brothers are allowed to live and stay anywhere in this country and they are even trained and commissioned in the Indian army. India has stood by Nepal time and again. Be it Earthquakes, floods, other natural calamities, or even the economic crises, India stood like a brother with Nepal. But now it seems like it has forgotten all the favours and has been flattered by China’s flashing Yen and it’s provoking against India. Nepal does not understand the fact that China is playing games with all these countries like Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and even Sri Lanka. It just wants to surround India using proxies.
China needs to be put in its place and India needs to strengthen its global alliance to put Dragon in its limits. Cornered on the global platform on COVID investigation it seems that China wants to use the situation as a blessing in disguise by surrounding India using its neighbors. And Nepal, with whom we share a strong bond of trust, is on the verge of betraying us. Shouldn’t those living and earing in India, take a stand for India’s sovereignty at this time?