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Watch | The India-Nepal Cartographic Tussle

Happymon Jacob speaks with Kanak Mani Dixit, the editor of 'Himal Southasian', and former Indian ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood, about recent tensions in India-Nepal relations.

Dr Happymon Jacob speaks with Kanak Mani Dixit (publisher of Himal Khabarpatrika and the editor of Himal Southasian) and Rakesh Sood, the former Indian ambassador to Nepal, about recent tensions in India-Nepal relations.

The two guests discuss the triggers of these tensions and trace the primary cause to multiple maps released by the British government in India.

The conversation presents views from both India and Nepal as to how the differing perceptions presented by these maps should be interpreted in the present time. The conversation also breaks down the impact of Nepalese domestic politics, China’s growing closeness to Nepal and India’s 2015 blockade on India-Nepal relations. Towards the end, the two guests recommend steps that need to be taken by both governments to restore relations and restart border resolution mechanisms.

Maps used in the video:

1.59, 5.05, 5.32: First published by Scroll.in on May 19, 2020, in an article titled ‘Territoriality amidst COVID-19: A primer to the Lipu Lek conflict between India and Nepal’, by Kanak Mani Dixit and Tika P. Dhakal.

13.16, 15:10: First published by recordnepal.com on December 14, 2015, in an article titled, ‘The India checkposts, Lipu Lekh and Kalapani’, by Sam Cowan.

Disclaimer: All maps are indicative and may not depict actual locations on the ground.