Wrong Depiction Of India Map: WHO Puts Up Disclaimer On Website
New Delhi: The Central government is strongly pursuing the matter of wrong depiction of India’s map on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website.
After it was brought to their notice, the UN body has put a disclaimer on its website, the government informed Parliament on Thursday.
WHO has mentioned that the map does not imply the organisation’s view on the legal status of a country or territory.
“The issue of the wrong depiction of the map of India on the World Health Organisation’s website has been raised strongly with the WHO, including at the highest level. In response, the WHO has informed the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva that they’ve put a disclaimer on their portal,” Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan informed Rajya Sabha.
In the disclaimer on its website, WHO says: “Designations employed and presentation of these materials don’t imply expression of any opinion on part of WHO concerning legal status of any country, territory or area or of its authorities or concerning legal status of any country, territory or area of its authorities or concerning delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.”
An India map on the COVID-19 dashboard on WHO’s website depicts the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh in a colour (grey) different from the one used to mark rest of India (navy blue).
The WHO had said it follows United Nations guidelines and practice regarding the depiction of maps.