I have a good news which I want to share with everyone who loves India and Australia, just as much as we do.
We raised the matter involving an incorrect map of India in DIAC [Dept of Immigration and citizenship] website.
See this post for details of this matter. http://tinyurl.com/3oxh9pg
We also wrote to Australian Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Kevin Rudd and Immigration minister, Mr Chris Bowen, under whose ministry, DIAC operates.
We also wrote to Indian High commissioner in Canberra and Consul General of India, Sydney.
Social media-Twitter and Facebook- were used to generate awareness. We do have access to Australian top political leaders via our social media outlets.
As this NDTV report suggests, the incorrect map is going to be removed from DIAC website. http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/no-j-k-arunachal-pradesh-in-oz-map-of-india-111792
Council of Indian Australians[ www.cia.org.au ] and myself are really proud of ourselves. We are also proud of our friends for being involved in this campaign. Genuine thanks are due to Australian Govt authorities for acting quickly in a matter which was causing a serious concern to Indian Australians, and [I guess] to India.
A wrong has been righted, and we are proud to be a part of the campaign to get it done.
Finally, this re-enforces my views that Australia is a great nation.
Yadu Singh/Sydney/13rd June, 2011
The incorrect map is off the DIAC website.
See these links too.
I guess the Indian media is terrified of whatever happens in Australia thinking it just goes on to show how much power does India have when dealing with developed countries. Then how come, there is no significant protest with America given the fact that many of their government and non-government organizations have put the wrong map of India. Here are a few links!
National Geographic – Map of India – http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/india-map/
Google Maps – http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=google+maps+map+of+india&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x30635ff06b92b791:0xd78c4fa1854213a6,India&gl=au&ei=qgv1TbfpN4KKuAPkguDiBg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ8gEwAA
The Economist – British Newspaper Claims Indian Censorship of the Economist Magazines in India – http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/kashmir-map-in-the-economist-sparks-india-censorship-row/story-e6frg6so-1226062121063
CIA Factbook – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html
It is for India’s government to fight the issue of putting Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh back into India and not into China. Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. S.M. Krishna must address the issue with the International Media regarding this issue. This is a very volatile issue indeed and Kashmir and Arunachal are in the very heart and blood of every Indian.