Image used for representational purposes. 
Image used for representational purposes. (Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. What's All The Fuss About?
  • 2. Kalapani: Location and Demographics
  • 3. Where Did It All Start?
  • 4. Why is Kalapani Important?
  • 5. What's in Store for Indo-Nepal Bilateral Ties?
Kalapani Dispute: Why Indo-Nepal Ties Maybe in Troubled Waters

Following the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on 31 October, the Home Ministry released a revised map of India on 2 November. While the entire country took note of the new boundaries of the union territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, one of India’s neighbours wasn’t impressed.

Nepal objected to the new map released by the Indian government and the bone of contention between the two countries was the tri-junction point where the borders of India, Nepal and Tibet meet, Kalapani.

So, here’s a look at how the Kalapani territorial dispute progressed through the years and what triggered the current situation.

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  • 1. What's All The Fuss About?

    Right after the publication of the revised map of India, protests started mounting in Nepal as youths and students of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and the opposition Nepali Congress took to the streets.

    In his reaction, Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli said that the Kalapani area at the tri-junction of Nepal, India and Tibet belonged to Nepal, and “India should immediately withdraw its army”.

    After Nepal foreign ministry raised this matter with India, MEA was quick to respond saying that the Indian map is absolutely accurate and nothing has been revised as far as the borders are concerned.

    “Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal. The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism. We reiterate our commitment to find a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations.”
    Raveesh Kumar, MEA Spokesperson

    Also Read : ‘Have Not Revised Boundary’: MEA on Nepal’s Objections to New Map

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