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Google and Map of India

The government has told Google that its version of map of India is not correct and remove all such maps. When there are territorial disputes between countries, maps become controversial.

Parts of Jammu & Kashmir are under Pakistani and Chinese occupations. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its territory and protests when Indian ministers or Dalai Lama go there. Google follows three maps policy. In India its India map shows India as the government wants it. In China its map shows Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin and parts of Uttarakhand as part of China. Its world map shows Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and parts of Uttarakhand and disputed territories.

Many publications and sites show maps as they are. When showing Jammu & Kashmir some show the Line of Control, territory under Pakistan and territory under China. It is no use blaming publications, sites or TV channels for showing reality.

India has diplomatic relations with China and Pakistan. If it feels bad about maps it should ask China and Pakistan to return the territories occupied by them and give up claims on Indian territories. There was time when Indian passports used to be stamped “Valid for all countries except Republic of South Africa and Colony of Rhodesia”. Later Rhodesia became Zimbabwe Colony of Rhodesia was deleted. With the end of apartheid the passport became valid for all countries. Till China and Pakistan return India’s territories Indian passports can have the words “Valid for all countries except China and Pakistan”.

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