• The Nepal government has decided it will release a new, updated political map which will include the disputed areas of Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura as part of Nepali territory.
• This comes after the Indian defense ministry recently inaugurated a link road to the China border that passes through Lipulekh. The Kalapani territory is an area under the Indian administration as part of the Pithoragarh district in the Uttarakhand state.
• Following the road inauguration, the Nepal government released a press note stating that the eastern area from Mahakali River belongs to Nepal as per the Sugauli Treaty, 1816.
• But the Indian government said that it had constructed the road in its own territory. A few days later, the Indian Army chief General M.M. Naravane accused Nepal of acting ‘at the behest of someone else,’ a thinly veiled reference to China.
Mains Paper 2: International
Mains level: India and Nepal land disputes between