Kathmandu, Nepal, September 22, 2020: Printing and distribution of a controversial secondary school reference book on the country’s borders and territories has brought a big jolt not only in the academic, diplomatic and political levels but also within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
A cabinet meeting has already directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology not to print and distribute the controversial reference book indicating some factual errors on the country’s borders and territories and divisive contents used in the preface.
Following the objection made from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of land management, Chief Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi had also pointed out over three dozen errors terming the materials used in the preface of the book as ‘inappropriate.’
The book titled as Nepalko Bhubhaag Ra Seemasambandhi Swadhyay Samagri (Nepal's Geography and Territorial Boundary) that dwells with the border disputes particularly with the southern neighbor India, was released by Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel on September 15.
The book states Nepal’s new area as 147,641.28 square kilometers including the 460.28 sq km area of the Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipu Lekh. The government has done nothing to settle the border disputes with India though it had updated the political and administrative map of the country incorporating the land on May 20.
The reference book states that 27 districts bordering with India have disputes in 24 places. Likewise, the preface of the book, believed to have written by the Education Minister Pokhrel, states how he campaigned 24 years back to chase the Indian Army away from the Nepali territory the disputed areas.