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Stamp Becomes Tool Of Protest

Bhubaneswar: In a novel method to protest in opposition to Nepal’s declare of areas alongside Indian border, a corporation on Thursday got here out with an envelope with the copy of a postage stamp, purportedly launched by the Himalayan nation in 1954 printed on it, exhibiting that the areas below dispute truly belong to India.

The Bharat Raksha Manch, said to be a non-political organisation fashioned in 2010 with an intention to deal with the menace of infiltration, which launched the envelope right here, claimed that it has despatched the duvet to Prime Minister of Nepal, Okay P Sharma Oli, and 59 members of the Nepalese Nationwide Meeting.

Since 1954, Nepal has issued 29 postage stamps wherein the nation’s map has all the time been depicted as claimed by India, mentioned Anil Dhir, Nationwide Secretary of the Manch and a famous philatelist.

“They have never shown Kalapani as their territory or a disputed area. Those areas were never included in official maps of the (Nepal) government and the maps in school atlases,” Dhir, who has 4 books on philately to his credit score, asserted.

The envelope with the map stamp of 1954 was introduced out as a mark of protest and it was additionally despatched to the Nepalese Excessive Commissioner to India, the president of the Philatelic Society of Nepal and others in that nation, he mentioned.

The ties between the 2 international locations got here below pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-KM-long strategically essential highway connecting the Lipulekh go with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on Might 8.

Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the highway claiming that it handed by means of Nepalese territory. India rejected the declare asserting that the highway lies utterly inside its territory.

The Nepal authorities on Might 20 launched a revised political and administrative map exhibiting Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani below its territory, angering India which requested Kathmandu to not resort to any “artificial enlargement” of its territorial declare and chorus from such “unjustified cartographic assertion”.

(PTI)

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