The India government has asked Wikipedia to remove a link from its platform that has shown an incorrect map of Jammu and Kashmir, according to sources. The Ministry of Electronics and IT has issued an order under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000 directing Wikipedia to remove the link, they added.
Wikipedia is a multilingual open-collaborative online encyclopedia created and maintained by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system. This matter was flagged by a Twitter user Chhatrasal Singh through a tweet calling upon the government to take strict action, highlighting that the Wikipedia page on the India-Bhutan relationship had incorrectly depicted the map of Jammu Kashmir. Sources said taking cognizance of the matter, the ministry issued an order on November 27, 2020 directing Wikipedia to remove the map as it violated the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. They added that the government can take legal action against the company, including blocking access to the entire platform, in case it does not make the changes. Last month, the government had issued a notice to microblogging platform Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh.