oppn parties Be Serious About Countries Omitting Kashmir From Maps of India

News Snippets

  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
  • Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress postpone meeting the governor of Maharashtra
  • Shiv Sena not to attend the NDA meeting on 17th November, says break up "a formality"
  • Shiv Sena says that the confidence the BJP is showing about forming the government in Maharashtra is based purely on its expectation of getting numbers through horse trading
  • Anil Ambani resigns as director of the bankrupt Reliance Communications
  • India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 150 rums inside three days in the first Test. Indian pacers excel after Mayank Agarwal's double century
  • Sena-NCP-Congress work out a common minimum programme, will form the government soon and it will last 5 years, says Sharad Pawar
  • Income Tax Appellate Tribunal upholds the decision to withdraw the charitable status of Young India, making it liable to pay Rs 145 in income tax. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra are the majority shareholders in the company
  • CBI raids offices of Amnesty International across India
  • Supreme Court quashes NCLAT order against Arcelor Mittal and paves the way for the company to take over ailing Essar Steel
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says concerns of telcos will be addressed and no company will close down
  • Government thinking of providing higher insurance coverage on bank deposits
  • Mayank Agarwal scores a double century as India take firm grip on the first Test versus Bangladesh
  • Supreme Court warns Rahul Gandhi to be more careful in future but drops contempt proceedings in the "chor" case
  • In a flip-flop, Vodafone CEO says sorry to the government, sys no plan to exit India
Supreme Court dismisses plea for review in Rafale case, says no need for roving inquiry, maintains clean chit to government
oppn parties
Be Serious About Countries Omitting Kashmir From Maps of India

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
There was an issue of an Indian map not showing Jammu & Kashmir when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Australia for the G20 summit. The man on the street was suitably angered as the news channels tried to create a huge controversy over the incident. Many were of the view that the PM should have left the dais as it was an insult to India. That would have been an extreme reaction at an international event that would have lowered Indiaâ€â"¢s prestige. There are other ways to protest.

Frankly speaking, this question of Indian maps in most foreign countries showing India without its ‘crowning gloryâ€â"¢ of Jammu & Kashmir is cropping up much too frequently and needs to be addressed in a more concerted and serious manner than being done till now. As of now, India takes up the issue with respective countries as and when such an omission is brought to its notice. That this error raises its ugly head at times of important international events adds more acrimony to the issue.

Hence, the ministry of external affairs should take up this issue with all countries of the world, impressing upon them the need to include Jammu & Kashmir as Indian territory in their official world maps. They should be told in no uncertain terms that India would not tolerate such omissions henceforth and would treat them as interference in its internal affairs. To support its claim, India should present all the legal material that is already in the public domain. The Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh, the Constitution of India and even the separate Constitution of J & K, all recognize that the state is an integral part of India.

Hence, instead of facing embarrassment, acrimony and public outrage, the external affairs ministry should start a mission in educating nations across the globe in this regard. It should make them rectify their maps if J & K is not shown as an Indian state. It should make it a point to vet all maps before any bilateral or international event to check if J & K is indeed shown as such. For some months, it might raise the hackles of other countries, but once they are convinced of the Indian seriousness in the matter, one is sure that the mistake of omitting J & K from Indian maps will not be made thereafter.