The WHO has finally bowed over the issue of wrong map of India on their website. India raised strong objections on this issue. After that, WHO has finally issued a disclaimer on their portal for clarification.
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan gave this information in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. The question was over the map of India on the WHO website. In the map the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were in a different color. In response, Muralitharan said that he raised the issue of misrepresentation of the map with high firmness before the WHO.
Following India’s strict objections, WHO informed India’s permanent mission in Geneva that they have placed a disclaimer on their portal. The Minister of State for External Affairs said that they clearly reiterated the position on the part of the Government of India regarding the correct depiction of its borders.
He stated that the disclaimer states that the presentation of the material was not an expression of any opinion from the WHO regarding the legal status of any country, region or its authority.
According to the disclaimer, the point or dash line on map is an estimate of the boundaries of a country. There may not be complete consensus with respect to those.
In spite of this, Muralitharan said that Government of India’s position was reiterated in unambiguous terms regarding properly depicting the border.