The Indian government has written a strongly worded letter to Wikipedia on 27 November directing the US based non-profit to remove the link of an incorrect map of Jammu and Kashmir.
The matter was flagged by a Twitter user through a tweet asking the government to take action. The user had highlighted the Wikipedia page on India Bhutan relationship where the map had incorrectly depicted the map of Jammu Kashmir.
Dear @PMOIndia ,
Below is screen shot of an images from wikipedia, where "Jammu and Kashmir" Territory is not shown properly in Indian Map 🇮🇳.
— $ ķûmäŕ (@skfor88) November 28, 2020
@ipskabra @ipsvijrk @hussain_imtiyaz @DefenceMinIndia @manojsinha_ @PMOIndia Sir, Our head is missing🙄😬😤
Hey @Wikipedia where is our head.? On what authority you chopped off our head🙄 Where is Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and China occupied Indian territory.? pic.twitter.com/pdV8lfF8Nd
— Roshith Pushpavathi🇮🇳 (@iroshithpushpa) September 24, 2020
The map shows Aksai Chin – a region constituting the eastern portion of Kashmir which has been subject to border dispute between India and China since 1962 – as a part of China.
Taking cognizance of this, the government swiftly issued the order on November 27 directing Wikipedia to remove this page as this is a violation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.
It is worth mentioning that if Wikipedia does not follow this direction, then the government can take serious legal action against Wikipedia including blocking access to the entire platform as per section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. So far, Wikipedia has not corrected the map.
In November, the Centre had issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of Union Territory of Ladakh. The ministry issued a notice to the Global Vice President of the micro-blogging platform on November 9.
The ministry in its notice sent to the global Vice President of Twitter mentioned that showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir is a deliberate attempt by Twitter to undermine the will of the sovereign Parliament of India which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory of India with its headquarter in Leh, according to an official statement.
The ministry had directed Twitter to explain within five working days as to why legal action should not be initiated against Twitter and its representatives for disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map. It may be noted that Twitter has earlier shown Leh as part of the People’s Republic of China after which Secretary Ministry of Electronics and IT had written a letter to CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey raising objection to that.
In response to that Twitter had removed the People’s Republic of China, but the micro-blogging platform has not yet corrected the map to show Leh as part of the Union Territory of Ladakh. Section 69A of the IT Act pertains to the power to issue directions for blocking for public access of any information through any computer resource.
Let’ssee, Will Wikipedia Correct this issue.or will Indian Government take strict action against Wikipedia?
Earlier on August 5, 2019, the Central government had bifurcated the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh