Friday, 18 September, 2020

Launch publicity campaign on new map, Dhungel tells govt


By Modnath Dhakal

Kathmandu, May 23: Former Secretary Dwarika Nath Dhungel has suggested the government to create a pool of documents and experts on Kalapani issue in order to present Nepal’s status on the matter and counter aggressive Indian propaganda.
“The government should immediately launch a publicity campaign on the rationality of the newly issued map of Nepal. It should reach out the international organisations and community with solid evidences and comments,” he said in an interview with The Rising Nepal on Friday.
He said that the publicity campaign should be started with the diplomatic missions and international NGOs based in Kathmandu and organise national and international interactions and dialogues on the matter.
The second step would be to send the map to the United Nations. “We must know whether we can send the map to the global body. If yes, when and how?” he stated.
According to Dhungel, another item in the to-do list should be amending the digitised maps available in Google and other online platforms. The Ministry of Law should take initiative on it.
Google displays a map of Nepal with demarcation on Kalapani area but not Limpiyadhura and Lipulek while the area of Nepal is changed to 147,516 square km from 147,181 sq. km in Wikipedia.
“Another thing that the government must immediately be prepared on is forming a strong team for dialogue with India. Since dialogue is the best and effective way to resolve the bilateral issues, enough care should be paid to hire the experts in the team rather than the henchmen,” said Dhungel.
The team should work to gather additional evidences from the sources in Nepal, India, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. He said that Nepali mission in New Delhi should also be mobilised to collect the proof.
He said that a report was prepared by Shanta Bahadur Manandhar and a team that went to London to conduct research on Kalapani area. The report could be a good source in terms of collecting evidence.
“The government must act proactively and promptly. India has come forward aggressively because it had forcefully encroached Nepali land but we should be well equipped with evidences and well-versed with comments,” he said.
Dhungel also said that although it was early to internationalise the issue, the government should call Nepali experts in other countries, especially in Europe and the USA and take their help in making our voice stronger.
“This is a big issue but there are chances of our win if we continuously work through both political and diplomatic channels,” he said.


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