View from Nepal: India’s reaction to new currency note betrays patronising outlook to its neighbour


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Nepal’s decision to introduce a new 100-rupee currency note drew a sharp response from India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at an event in Bhubaneshwar in May. The proposed note features a map of Nepal that includes the territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani – territories that are claimed by India. “They took some unilateral measures…” Jaishankar said at an event titled “Why Bharat matters”. The origin of the dispute lies in the sources of the Mahakali river. Nepal’s claim to the region and the Lipulekh pass stems from the 1816 Treaty of Sugauli it entered into with the British...