Kathmandu, June 11: In a move that has heightened tensions between India and Nepal, the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City has hung a map of ‘Greater Nepal’ in his chamber. The map includes areas claimed by Nepal, such as India’s Siliguri and Sikkim regions, fueling a cartographical conflict between the two neighboring countries.
This symbolic act by the mayor is seen as a response to the recently unveiled mural of ‘Akhand Bharat’ (Undivided India) in India’s new parliamentary building. The mural portrays the expansion of the Ashokan empire and promotes the idea of responsible and people-oriented governance, as propagated by Emperor Ashoka.
Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as ‘Prachanda’, addressed the issue during his recent visit to New Delhi. He called for further study and discussions on the matter, indicating the seriousness with which Nepal views the territorial dispute.
The tensions between India and Nepal have historical roots, with both countries having longstanding border disputes. The inclusion of certain regions in the ‘Greater Nepal’ map is seen as a provocative move by Nepal, challenging India’s sovereignty over those areas.
India has expressed concern over the installation of the map, stating that it does not contribute to fostering a positive and constructive bilateral relationship. The Indian government has urged Nepal to engage in dialogue and resolve the territorial issue through peaceful means.
The recent developments have further strained the relationship between the two countries, which have traditionally shared close cultural and economic ties. It is crucial for both sides to exercise restraint and seek diplomatic solutions to address their differences.
As neighboring nations, India and Nepal have a shared interest in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Resolving territorial disputes and fostering mutual understanding will be essential to strengthen bilateral relations and promote cooperation on various fronts.
The hanging of the ‘Greater Nepal’ map by the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City is a symbolic gesture that reflects the complex dynamics and historical grievances between the two countries. It underscores the need for open and constructive dialogue to find a mutually acceptable resolution and ensure peaceful coexistence between India and Nepal.