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Kathmandu Mayor counters ‘Akhand Bharat’ mural in Delhi with ‘Greater Nepal’ map in office

India and Nepal are in a cartographical conflict, with the mayor of Kathmandu installing a depiction of 'Greater Nepal' in his chamber in response to India's 'Akhand Bharat' mural.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka 'Prachanda' at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)Premium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka 'Prachanda' at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)

India and Nepal appear to be engaged in a cartographical conflict with the Kathmandu Metropolitan City mayor now installing a depiction of ‘Greater Nepal’ in his chamber. The development comes as a symbolic counter to the purported ‘Akhand Bharat’ mural in India's new parliamentary building.

According to local media reports, Balendra Shah had called aides on Thursday and asked them to place a map of Greater Nepal in his chamber. It was intended to be a response to the New Delhi mural, with an aide telling Kathmandu Post of the need to 'remember the proud history of Nepal'.

The development also came less than a day after Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' said that he had raised the issue during his recent visit to New Delhi and received a clarification. Addressing the parliament he however called for ‘further study’ on the issue.

"While talking about the map during my India visit, the Indian side said it was a cultural map, not a political one. Further study should be carried out on the issue," he said while responding to the questions raised by the lawmakers.

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Indian officials including Foreign Minister S Jaishankar have also reiterated that it is not a political issue. 

"The mural in question depicts the spread of the Ashokan empire and the idea of responsible and people-oriented governance that he (Ashoka) adopted and propagated," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said recently.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated: 09 Jun 2023, 04:25 PM IST
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