New Delhi, March 28 : Well-known London-based television production company Sunset+Vine has depicted Jammu and Kashmir with dotted lines on the Indian map in its manual for the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.
Sunset+Vine that produces the telecast for STAR India Pvt. Ltd., broadcast rights holder of the ICC, has printed a map on Page 4 of the 25-page manual of India on which the venues where the matches of the World Twenty20 are being played have been marked.
In the map, the company has shown Azad Kashmir along with Pakistan and occupied Kashmir along with in India with dotted lines drawn around the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir, clearly manifesting that the company considers Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory.
Surprisingly, this time no hue and cry was raised over these dotted lines; however, Sunset+Vine was criticized for showing Azad Kashmir not part of India as against official claim of the Indian government.
Congress leader Manish Tewari, who was the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, in a media interview in New Delhi said, “It’s a matter of serious concern. The government of India should either deny permission to this company to operate in India, in terms of whatever coverage they do of cricket, till the time they correct the map.”
In 2013, International Management Group (IMG), another London-based global giant, had depicted Kashmir as disputed territory during the IPL. IMG produces the telecast for Multi Screen Media. At the time also, the IMG showed Azad Kashmir the way Sunset+Vine has done.
It is worth mentioning here that intellectuals and university students in India have already started raising questions over unilateral claim of Indian government over Jammu and Kashmir. They particularly question why they see a difference in the maps of India between the ones drawn by international organizations and the one drawn by India itself.