The Honourable P.M, Narendra Modi
I am going to write this letter to correct your misunderstanding on Indo Nepal border and force you to arrange diplomatic meeting in a Fast Track.
As a nationalist citizen of Nepal, I want to invite your attention to the encroachment made by India in our kalapani, lipulekh, and limpiyadhura. The flagrant violation of international law of respecting each other´s sovereignty , territorial integrity and national independence is considered as a malicious act to undermine the sovereignty of Nepal and has been observed as the matter of grave concern by the people of Nepal.
i want to inform you that the one and only formal treaty for demarcation of our border is defined by sugauli treaty of 1816 and its revised treaty of 1816. In article 5 of Sugauli Treaty it is clearly stated that the western border of Nepal and India separated by the kali river . We the people of Nepal time and again claim that the source of kali river is Kutiyangdl originated from limpiyadhura on the basis of international practices of determining source of boundary river i.e.catchment area, length of tributary and the volume of water which flows on each tributary . On the basis of this our claim seems to be right so, Kalapani,Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura are our territories . But India is not ready to accept it . Your map of 1819,1824,1827,1835,1846 and 1856 also shows it . Moreover. We have proofs like documents of people who paid tax from those territories, and the voter list of our citizen who have taken part in national election of 1959 from those areas, and still living people who have carried out census of 1961in these areas . Do you have such evidences? I think you haven’t.
If you have such evidence you would have reacted severely. If you don’t have then why are you keeping your fort in our kalapani and putting all those 3 areas in your map unilaterally.?
How can you tell Nepal decision of publishing its map is unilateral? Can’t we publish our own map. This is our right Modi ji.We haven’t change our map but republished our real old map. We can be smaller in terms of territory, economy, population, but we aren’t smaller in terms of sovereignty .Our country Nepal is the oldest country of South Asia which was never colonized and have remain independent till now. Our country has trait of respecting other and seeking respect from other.
Isn’t it unilateral to inaugurate road in other territory without informing owners ? Why are your media barking nonsense endangering our bilateral relation telling Chinese involvement on ours?. Have you given much more freedom to them so that they can attack on others sovereignty ? Why are you ready to inaugurate road in our territory in this pandemic through virtual means but not ready to start dialogue virtually ? You seems to be ready with china for settling boundary disputes but why not with us ?How does your morality tells us to wait until pandemic over for dialogue ? I heard your former foreign secretary telling that he will change our present government and your army chief general unknown about Nepal attacking us in dishonest way. These all have increased anti Indian feeling here and anti colonial feelings as if colonial British offspring’s are still there.
You yourself and our P.M Oli formed EPG group in 2016 with an aim of eradicating our disputes and launching our relation on a newer height . It was formed accordingly they carried task report to you but why are.you delaying or becoming fearful to receive it? Our government frequently requested yours to arrange diplomatic talks but why are you replacing date? Why are you delaying always? Don’t you believe in your diplomatist? If it was the case then let organize summit diplomacy. You can held your meeting to your counterpart and your foreign minister with his counterpart .Are you ready for this?
We people of Nepal at any case will not give a single inch of our land.Building infrastructure and putting security forcein our land cannot make your claim legitimate . We are ready to pay the cost of your infrastructure invested on our territory with interests but we can’t leave it. Our present government is also standing with enormous energy with support from opposition side and all Nepali people. It has raised national issues effectively and won’t knockdown with you.
The then autocratic ruler mistakenly help India to make a defensive position in kalapani in 1960 s temporarily not for forever . P.M Modi our leaders contributed a lot for your independence or any other progressive socio political moments . Gurkhas are protecting your territory for ages. You have also help us in our moments too. We are independent and complementary to each other. You may have think that India has provided job to millions of Nepalis but we have also provided job for Indians here. You receive 4.7 billion USD in remittances from ours while we receive 2 billion USD .You have also provided us transit.
As we are close neighbors since ages having multifaceted relations connected to each other by religion , socio culture bond, people to people contact , political and economic ties no one could replace our relation . As both of us are connected by Buddha and Panchasheel we should solve it peacefully . To maintain status quo is present need for both sides by eradicating all historical mistakes. Based on facts, maps and evidence both should talk on table logically to tackle it. Our foreign policy has also a provision to settle all bilateral disputes by peaceful means of negotiation mainly through diplomatic channels. We are ready to request our government to open Track 1 Track 2 and even a virtual diplomacy in this pandemic period . After solving it both should look for it’s permanent solution -either wall on border or any other means so that our disputes will not raise. At present there is no necessary to show ultra nationalism from both. Its the time to breach our gaps and raise our relations to a newer height. As a democratic leader ,we hope that you will make a conducive environment for dialogue. We the people of Nepal are in hurry for your positive response soon.