Sydney/ 14th Aug, 2027
Just a few hours before the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence (71st Independence Day) on 15th August, the multicultural broadcaster, SBS, has decided to use a distorted and incorrect Map of India in its site. Kashmir is inalienable part of India, but SBS is showing it to be otherwise. The reason, whether it is due to poor information, mischief, unintentional mistake or due to intended purpose to insult India and Indian Australians (which I doubt), remains to be determined.
Whether SBS took inputs from Executive Producers of various Indian language programmes is also not known.
The best approach SBS, our own broadcaster, should do is to liaise with Consulate General of India in Sydney or High Commission of India in Canberra in regards to a matter like this. It is worth consulting DFAT too, because they are very aware of matters like this.
DFAT link has a different Indian map. http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/asia/south/Pages/india.aspx
A few years ago, we dealt with a similar matter involving Department of Immigration of Australia.
We have lodged our protest with SBS authorities and shared the info with GOI authorities in Australia.
Dr Yadu Singh