By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, May 20:
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who is of Nepalese-origin, has irked thousands of Indians for siding with Nepal, in its claim over “Kalapani” and “Lipulekh” regions located on Indo-Nepal border.
The Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali on Monday tweeted informing the inclusion of above disputed regions in Nepal’s official map. His tweet in Nepali stated that the council of ministers have decided to publish a new map of the country showing its seven provinces, 77 districts and 753 local administrative divisions, including “Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani”. He also added that the official map will be published soon by the country’s land management ministry.
In turn Manisha replied to Gyawali’s tweet and thanked the Nepalese government for the same. She said she hoped for a peaceful and respectful dialogue between “all three great nations” — referring to India, Nepal and China. Thank you for keeping the dignity of our small nation. We all are looking forward for a peaceful and respectful dialogue between all three great nations now”.
In November 2019, a newly-issued official map by the Government of India, included the “Kalapani” region but the move had irked the Nepal government which claimed that the Lipulekh pass comes under its territory and lies in the country’s Dharchula district of Sudurpashchim Pradesh. The Nepal Government also objected when Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh recently opened a 80-km road that ends at Lipulekh Pass for pilgrims to reach Kailash Mansarovar.
Besides, Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane’s remarks last week that Nepal’s protest against the border road was at the behest of” someone else” (referring to China), has also escalated tensions between India and Nepal.
Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]
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