Commentator Saurabh falsely claims a 1958 postage stamp had a ‘pointy map’ of Nepal

Political commentator Saurabh speaking on Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya programme on AP1 Television on July 19, 2021. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Writer and political commentator Saurabh speaking on the Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya programme aired on AP1 television on July 19 claimed that a postage stamp issued by the Nepal government in 1958 features a Nepal map with a pointed spur on the northwestern corner.

He made the claim in the context of the immediate past government issuing a new map of Nepal last year by including Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura areas within the Nepali territory. The inclusion of these areas, which are also claimed by India, has added a pointed spur on the northwestern corner of the Nepal map. Nepal adopted the map in June 2020 with the passage of a related bill by parliament.

“As far as I remember, the postage stamp issued in 2015 BS [1958-59 AD] had a pointy map [of Nepal]. But, the Nepal map published in the postage stamp issued after 2017 BS [1960] doesn’t have that pointy part. He [Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli] brought that pointy part back.”

Saurabh, whose real name is Dinesh Satyal, made the claim while reviewing the three and a half years’ term of the immediate past government led by KP Sharma Oli.

South Asia Check examined the claim.

Postage stamps issued by the Nepal government in 2015 BS (1958-59 AD).

According to the Philatelic and Postal Management Office under the Department of Postal Services, two postage stamps were issued in 1958 and they do not contain the map of Nepal. One of them, Nepal’s first airmail postage stamp, has an image of a bird flying in the Kathmandu sky, and another issued to mark International Human Rights Day has the image of the Lumbini temple.

A map series of postage stamps issued in 1954 featuring the map of Nepal.

Likewise, a ticket issued in February 1959 to mark the first general elections has the national flag and Nepal map, but the map does not have the pointed spur. Other postage stamps issued in the same year do not have the Nepal map.

In 1954, a map series of postage stamps was issued featuring the map of Nepal, but none contains the pointed spur.

This information is from the publication titled “Nepal Postage Stamp Catalogue 1881-2015.” We also spoke to the president of Nepal Philatelic Society, Shankar Shrestha, who corroborated the aforementioned information. Therefore, writer Saurabh’s claim that the postage stamp issued in 2015 BS featured a ‘pointy map’ of Nepal is false.

This post first appeared on South Asia Check.

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