Bhubaneswar: The Bharat Raksha Manch on Thursday released a postal cover on the border issues with Nepal. The cover, which depicts the correct representation of the Kalapani area and border, also has a small legend about the illegal claim by Nepal on Indian territory.
National Secretary of the Manch, Anil Dhir told mediapersons that the cover has been issued as a mark of protest. It has been posted to the Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P.Sharma Oli and 59 members of the Nepalese National Assembly. Covers have also been sent to the Nepalese High Commissioner in India. The cover has also been mailed to the President of the Philatelic Society of Nepal and a hundred covers have been sent to eminent philatelists of Nepal.
The cover has been posted with affixing a 1954 map stamp that was issued by Nepal. Dhir, an eminent Philatelist and author of four books on Philately, said that his research had revealed that since 1954, Nepal had issued 29 postage stamps in which the nation’s map has been depicted as claimed by the Indian side. They have never shown the Kalapani finger as their territory or a disputed area. Even the official maps of the government and the maps in the school atlases have never depicted Indian territory as a Nepalese claim.
Dhir has enclosed a brochure with pictures of all the Map stamps issued by Nepal since 1954.
Dr. Ashoak Acharya, president of the Odisha chapter of the Manch said that India’s external and internal security is closely influenced by the relationship with neighbours.
The release ceremony was attended by vice president of the Manch, Pradip Tripathy and office bearers Anjan Kumar Debata, Ajit Dash and Prafulla Swain.