Jammu and Kashmir has been marked ‘disputed’ on Google Maps for people outside India, but inside the country it is shown as part of India, a phenomenon that proves biasness about the fact as Jammu and Kashmir is a globally-acknowledged dispute as per several UN resolutions on Kashmir.
Showing two versions of the disputed territory, one for the world and one for India, shows Google’s hypocrisy besides the Google’s Indian version of maps is a violation of UN resolutions as well, which clearly declare the territory as disputed.
Google is clearly making a business-based decision for showing “legal” maps in countries where it is registered. Google maps depict the malicious intentions of some organizations to coerce history and a slap in face to the UN.
Google claims to be neutral on issues of disputed region, but not in case of Jammu and Kashmir, which is illegally occupied by India.
Not just Google, Facebook and Twitter have also made biased policies regarding Kashmir.
The Washington Post while exposing the dichotomy of the global search engine wrote: “The borders on Google’s online maps display Kashmir as fully under Indian control. Elsewhere, users see the region’s snaking outlines as a dotted line, acknowledging the dispute”.
“From Pakistan, Kashmir appears disputed while from India, it appears as a part of India,” the Post report said, adding that “Google Maps changes disputed borders based on what country you search from”.
Analysts and political scientists have rejected the Google’s maps as based on injustice. They quoted the UN resolutions on Kashmir, which declare Kashmir as a disputed territory. Jammu and Kashmir is, they added, a dispute for people all across the world whether in India or outside.