London, December 17: The London-based weekly The Economist in its latest edition has outlined a map which excludes Jammu and Kashmir from India.
The publication, which is famous for its liberal standpoint, mentions India up to Punjab and does also include, although without naming, a chunk of Himachal Pradesh, but tears Kashmir territory completely off the map. With a weekly circulation of 1.5 million the periodical neither includes Jammu and Kashmir, nor does it make a mention of Kashmir anywhere. The Economist has used the map to indicate deaths which have occurred in notable incidents of communal violence across India from 1967 to 2013.Not in nothingness, the map has been published with the magazine’s ‘profile article’ (without byline) of rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, who addressed a rally in Jammu earlier this month. The story was titled: “A man of some of the people…A populist with a nasty past and a decent economic record wants to run India.”
The thought-provoking map created a virtual euphoria on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, with hundreds of netizens commenting and sharing the post. More than 120 people across the world have commented on the article on the magazine’s website.
Shortly after it was published, readers began commenting on different points of the article and some appreciated for not showing Kashmir as India’s part. Some Indians even rebuked it. This is how one reader reacted: “I am sure some Pakistani has written this article. That’s why Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India. Another reader, Amulya, wrote: “Wonder why The Economist has not included the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the map of India!”
The Kashmir-less map of India figures in international media at a time when Kosovo, a region in southeastern Europe which seceded from Serbia few years ago, has gained status of an independent nation on social networking site Facebook.
International media reported on Friday that how a sustained campaign by Kosovars forced Facebook to grant the country a national identity on the website. The grant of national identity would now give Kosovars a chance to identify themselves as people of Kosovo.
This is not for the first time that an international news organization is depicting Kashmir as a separate territory. Earlier, international organizations including British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and US-based Cable News Network (CNN) have, in their reporting, excluded Kashmir from the Indian map.
In 2011, The Economist accused India of censorship over Kashmir map for showing the region as divided between Pakistan and India.