May 24, 2022, Tuesday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

‘Kalapani areas belong to Nepalese territories’

The Nepal Weekly
March 29, 2022

Noted geographer Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, has claimed that the territories including Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal, as per historical documents. Speaking at a programme organized to release his book titled “Collection of Historical Boundary Maps related to Nepal”  in Kathmandu on Friday Shrestha said, the territories , east of Kali river including Lipulek, Klapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal, which India have been occupying for more than five decades.

As per the Sugauli Treaty signed between Nepal and British government in 1816, the territories lying in the east of Kalapani river belonged to Nepal, he pointed out. India have occupied these territories from 1965 after the India – CHina war, pointed out Shrestha.

Shrestha has presented many historical maps in the book saying “majority of these maps are believed to be regarded as concrete proof of Nepal’s territories encroached by India.” The book includes 90 different maps which also includes maps collected from the world’s largest library such as Harvard University Library and ROyal Geographical Society Library London, Author Shrestha mentions in the book.

“The book was written after the publication of the political map of India issued by the government of India on November 2, 2019 by including encroaching Nepal’s 272 sq. km territory in Lipulek-Kalapani-Limpiyadhura border region,” he says.

Speaking at the book launching programme Shrestha said, the issue relating to border dispute should be resolved through holding dialogue between Nepal and India. If dialogue cannot resolve the issue than a third country may be sought for mediation, he added. “When the world was suffering from Covid – 19 pandemic India unexpectedly inaugurated the Lipulek road on May 8, 2020 as a road leading to Kailash Mansarovar to CHinese frontier through the Kalapani region of Nepal,”  Shrestha points out in the book.

A map published by East India Company in 1827 shows that the river that originates from Limpiyadhura as Kali  River, which means the territories east of the river belongs to Nepal, according to Shrestha.