Indian government issues strict order to Wikipedia over wrong map!
Galatta | Dec 03, 2020, 07:29 pm
The Indian Government has been handling the COVID-19 Pandemic's outbreak in a stellar way and has contained the spread in most places with just a few states still recording high numbers. Though some might argue that India ranks second on the list of countries most infected by COVID, while comparing the land mass & population, India is not even in the top 10 countries amongst the mortality rates and number of cases infected per million. This is definitely something to cheer for. Also, despite the COVID pandemic raging on one side, the Indian government has also had to face constant troubles on the borders, from three different neighbouring nations - Pakistan, China and Nepal!
Some border disputes have been longstanding and some have escalated into territorial disputes for regions along the border. One such disputed area is Aksai Chin in the Jammu & Kashmir region. It was just last month that the social media platform Twitter had wrongly depicted Leh as being part of Jammu & Kashmir, instead of belonging to the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian Government had since issued a notice to Twitter to correct their mistake. Now, another site which is one of the most frequently used by people the world over, has wrongly depicted a region to not be a part of India.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT has written a strongly worded letter to Wikipedia, directing it to remove a link on their site, which shows a wrong map of India. This directive has falled under Section 69A (Blocking public access to digital information), of the IT Act. This issue came to light after a Twitter user highlighted that a Wikipedia page on India-Bhutan relationship had wrongly depicted the map of Jammu & Kashmir. The Twitter user had also demanded that the Indian government take strict action against the website. The letter from the Indian government has also stated that the map be taken down immediately, as it violated the territorial integrity and sovereignity of India. If the website fails to make the necessary corrections, the government has the rights to block entire access to the website, across India.