Government directs Wikipedia to remove link showing wrong map of Jammu and Kashmir

Taking cognizance of this, the Minister of Electronics and Information technology swiftly issued an order on 27th November, 2020 directing Wikipedia to remove this page as this is violation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.

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Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India has issued an order under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 directing Wikipedia to remove the link from their platform that has shown the wrong map of Jammu and Kashmir.

This matter was flagged by a Twitter user through a tweet asking the government to take action. The link to the Tweet is given below:

https://twitter.com/ChhatrasalSingh/status/1331534949581656065

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The Twitter user Chhatrasal Singh had highlighted the Wikipedia page on the India Bhutan relationship where the map was shown had incorrectly depicted the map of Jammu Kashmir. The link to that Wikipedia page is given below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan%E2%80%93India_relations#/media/File:India_Bhutan_Locator.png

Taking cognizance of this, the Minister of Electronics and Information technology swiftly issued an order on 27th November, 2020 directing Wikipedia to remove this page as this is violation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.

It worth mentioning that if Wikipedia does not follow this direction of the Government, then the Government can take serious legal action against Wikipedia including blocking access to the entire platforms as per section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. So far, Wikipedia has not corrected the map.