Google Maps not showing J&K and Arunachal as part of India
I was appalled when I saw that Google stopped showing Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal as part of India. I was browsing through my Google Analytics hit counts from countries when I noticed this. Why Google has to listen to China or Pakistan when they are already Part of India since Independence?
However, the striking fact is that these two states are now also not part of either Pakistan or China, showcasing these as Disputed territories in Google’s International Maps site. Should not Google respect International Borders released by United Nations? One can understand Jammu & Kashmir to be shown as disputed but still only north from LOC (P.O.K.) should have been show as disputed. Arunachal Pradesh is a State of India, and is governed by the Government of India and showing Arunachal Pradesh under dispute is not something we can digest.
Further more, I checked with three different Google Maps to find out how it shows on the Google Maps. And this what it turned out to be. Last time it was red flagged for this, Google had issued clarifications about the same and had assured that the same will be reverted back to the earlier data.
Last year August (2010), Minister of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said that Government had sent a notice to Google for Showing P.O.K. as part of Pakistan. “Any wrongful depiction of Indian map and its boundaries is liable for action under the India Information Technology Act. Google has been asked to immediately correct this inaccuracy”. After this was issued, Google had still found a way still to please China, Pakistan and India by amending local versions of Google Maps for respective countries.
An interesting strings of Questions have been fired to Google and I would like to mention one reply from Google.
It is Google’s standard practice to show all disputed regions around the world on its global properties, such as on maps.google.com. It has been Google’s consistent and global policy to depict disputed regions as per the claims made by the disputing/claiming nations on its global properties. This does not in any way endorse or affirm the position taken by any side but merely provides complete information on the prevailing geo-political situation to our users of global properties in a dispassionate and accurate manner. Products that have been localized to the local domain of a region such as maps.google.co.in may depict that country’s position as per the mandate of their local laws.
This was replied by a Google Employee on the Google Maps Support forum. Agreed that Google Maps Local versions have been tweaked to accede to the Law of the Land, but then that too should be implied through out all of its products.
From a Business perspective, Google Analytics not showing data for Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, (the company I work for have a few Business Associates located in these regions) I need information of how many hits I am getting from these regions.
Yahoo! has not resorted to showing P.O.K. or Arunachal Pradesh as disputed territory but instead, for its International version it has shown that P.O.K. as part of Pakistan. Anyone who is not informed about the dispute considers P.O.K. as Part of Kashmir.