The indisputable disputes over Kalapani

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.

Lipulekh: A land that fails to offer

The Nepalese government’s decision to update its political map to include the disputed areas of Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh has been lauded across the country. However, there are some political ideologues who believe this should have been done only after a proper consultation with the Indian government. They argue that any aggression of this nature may have negative bearing on future diplomatic endeavors.

India’s internecine fronts

A tempest is brewing for India. While the entire world is reeling from the most intractable crisis in recent human history, India’s other woes are mounting. A toxic mix of misfortune, vengeful external interests and its hegemonic hubris coupled with strategic myopia is proving to be a combustible recipe. As a result, India today fights on multiple fronts.