This would seem silly news. But South and North Asians take border disputes seriously. Lal has been threatened to move back his troops… er, property, or be damaged — by a Rs 1.6 crore legal fine. This may not be a McMahon or Radcliffe Line, but a line it is. If Lal retreats, he will be admitting to an act of aggression — or, worse, a mistake. On the other hand, the 1 m jutting into non-Lal territory is confirmed.
Our doughty PIO says that it’s an historical construction mistake that’s not his doing. Not having the British Empire to blame here, though, the UN may not be an option for justice. An out-of-court option is being reportedly sought. But the Auckland Council authorities should know that as a PIO, Lal abhors any referendum that may not go his way.