Despite Nepal’s unique and historical ties with India, the former has been encroached upon by the latter since 1950s. The dispute in Kalapani region was aggravated by India’s unilateral issue of a new political map in November 2019 as well as by the inauguration of a link road between Dharchula and Lipulekh Pass on May 8. It was followed by an unusually strong statement by Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane claiming Nepal’s objection to Lipulekh road was at the behest of some third party. Then the Government of Nepal issued an updated political map by incorporating Limpiyadhura-Kalapani-Lipulekh areas per the Sugauli Treaty provisions.
A Change.org campaign seeking to have divisive Indian television host Arnab Goswami “banned” from broadcasting is suddenly trending hot after tons of angry Nepalese supporters throw their weight behind the online petition.
What a state manages to achieve in a bilateral or multilateral negotiation depends very much on its institutional memory. Institutional memory here refers to what a negotiating state presents as statistical and subjective evidence during a negotiation process.
20 November 2019 I Some Indian media outlets maintain that the Nepal Communist Party, that holds two-thirds majority in the parliament, is responsible for perpetuating Kalapani clamour. A disputed range…