Nepal halts distribution of recent textbook with revised map incorporating Indian areas

Kathmandu, September 22

Nepal has stopped the distribution of a brand new textbook that features the nation’s revised political map exhibiting three strategically-important Indian areas as a part of its territory, saying there have been a variety of factual errors in it, in line with a media report on Tuesday.

India has already termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal after its Parliament unanimously accredited the brand new political map of the nation that includes Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which India maintains belongs to it.

A Cabinet assembly on Tuesday instructed the Ministry of Education to not distribute and print any extra copies of the textbook meant for Class IXth to XIIth as there have been some reservations from the Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Kathmandu Post reported.

“The Ministry of Education does not have the authority to change Nepal’s geographical area and there are faults in the book,” stated spokesperson for the Ministry of Land Reform and Cooperatives Janak Raj Joshi.

There are errors within the ebook ready by the Ministry of Education on a topic it has no experience, he stated, including that the upper authorities have been requested to take corrective measures.

The involved physique of the Nepal authorities is but to formally declare the revised geographical space of the nation.

“The Department of Survey, which is the official agency that declares the total area of the country, however, hasn’t made any decision on the area,” Joshi stated.

Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel on September 15 launched the 110-page ebook titled, Self Study Material on Nepal’s Territory and Border which dwells round historic details in regards to the nation’s territory and its border dispute primarily with India.

The ebook states Nepal’s new space to be 147,641.28 sq. kilometres together with the 460.28 sq km space of the Kalapani space which was included in Nepal’s political map on May 20 by the Cabinet.

Minister for Education Pokharel has written a six-page preface for the ebook by which he has talked about about Nepal’s border disputes and different associated points. He stated that he had launched a marketing campaign to guard the Nepalese territory, together with the areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.

However, Pokharel instructed The Kathmandu Post that the distribution of the ebook has been halted for now.

After Nepal’s Parliament accredited the revised political map comprising Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura areas, the Cabinet had endorsed the brand new map and determined to make use of it in authorities workplaces and print faculty textbooks with the brand new map.

Nepal in May launched the revised political and administrative map of the nation laying declare over the three strategically necessary areas in Uttarakhand, greater than six months after India revealed a brand new map in November 2019.

Following the endorsement of the brand new map by the Nepal Cabinet, then authorities spokesperson and Finance Minister Yuvaraj Khatiwada instructed the media that the federal government had determined to replace the schedule of the Constitution and college curriculum incorporating the brand new political map.

India in its response stated that it had already made its place clear on it.

“This artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues,” the Ministry of External Affairs had stated.

The India-Nepal bilateral ties got here beneath pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically essential highway connecting the Lipulekh move with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the highway claiming that it handed by Nepalese territory. India rejected the declare asserting that the highway lies fully inside its territory. PTI

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