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A map in textbooks of Nepal shows Indian territories as theirs

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Kathmandu: Nepal has introduced new textbooks into the school curriculum that include the revised political map of the country showing three strategically important Indian areas as part of its territory, amid a border dispute with New Delhi.

India has already called the “artificial enlargement” of Nepal’s land claims untenable after its parliament unanimously approved the country’s new political map featuring the regions of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura which, according to the India, belong to him.

The Curriculum Development Center, under the Ministry of Education, recently released the books with the revised map, the centre’s information officer, Ganesh Bhattarai, told PTI.

The new books titled “The Territory of Nepal and Reading Material for Border Issues” for grades 9 and 12 have a preface written by Minister of Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel.

Nepal released the revised political and administrative map of the country claiming the three strategically important areas of Uttarakhand in May, more than six months after India released a new map in November 2019.

Following the approval of the new map by the Nepalese Cabinet, government spokesman and finance minister Yuvaraj Khatiwada told media that the government has decided to update the constitution and school curriculum calendar to incorporate the new political map. In its response, India said that it had already made its position clear on this matter.

“This artificial expansion of claims is not based on facts or historical evidence and is not sustainable. It is also contrary to our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding border issues,” the ministry said. of Foreign Affairs Anurag Srivastava. The Nepalese government has also decided to issue coins with the inclusion of the Kalapani region.

The government asked Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal, to strike the coins with the revised card. A bank official, however, said they had no immediate plan to mint the coin, although preparations are underway to issue coins valued at ₹ 1 and 2 with the inclusion of the new card within a year.

Bilateral relations between India and Nepal were strained after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a strategically crucial 80 km road from the Lipulekh Pass to Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal reacted strongly to the inauguration of the road, claiming that it passed through Nepalese territory. India rejected the claim claiming that the road was entirely within its territory.

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