Sydney/16 Aug, 2017
Indian Australians are disappointed and dissatisfied with the response from SBS officials in regards to the incorrect depiction of Indian Map in their site.
Previous blog post: https://yadusingh.com/2017/08/14/sbs-should-not-use-an-incorrect-map-of-india/
SBS responses are here.
It’s offensive to see SBS using a blatantly wrong map of India. They could have sourced the information from DFAT.
This is the indian Map DFAT is using.
This is the Map SBS is using. This is offensive and objectionable.
Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is an integral, inseparable and inalienable part of India and will always remain so.
Let me remind those who do not know the relevant history. J&K became an inalienable part of India on 25th October, 1947 when King of J&K, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the “Instrument of accession” with India. This Instrument was executed between India’s then Governor-General, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Maharaja Hari Singh on 27th October, 1947. All rulers of States and Kingdoms in India were entitled to choose one of three options- join India, join Pakistan or remain independent-at the time of Indian independence in 1947.
J&K joined India in 1947.
India celebrates its Independence Day on 15th August.
Here is the Link for more details.
American Professor Christine Fair’s exposure of the anti-India propaganda on this matter is worth watching.
Maharaja Hari Singh’s Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir obviously joined India. The Maharaja made the correct choice. He was a smart King. J&K is part of the progressive, prosperous, secular, multicultural and democratic India.
India and Indians will never allow anyone to undo what was done by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1947. Terrorism and unrest supported from across the border will never succeed.
We ask the following;
1. SBS should use an appropriate and correct Indian Map.
2. SBS should hold a consultation involving Indian Australian community.
3. Executive producers of Indian languages programmes (Ms Kumud Merani, Ms Manpreet Singh, Ms Nital Desai, Mr Chandra Devudu) should advise SBS management about their mistake in this regard.
4. GOI officials in Australia should take this matter actively.
There are strict and stringent laws in India against incorrect use of Indian Map. They may be used against SBS officials, who visit India.
It’s a “Live” matter, which should be given a serious attention by SBS.
Dr Yadu Singh