Distorted Maps etc: In which small steps do make a difference…
Uplifting post of the week..in which small steps do make a difference.
Three days ago, on the post related to “distant” Assam, long-time blog reader Kaffir alerted us to a BBC news-report which had a map of India with the entire state of J&K lopped off (pl see comment #9). Here is a cached screenshot of the article (pl click to enlarge):
Kaffir subsequently wrote to the BBC:
I told them that the map was incorrect, that J&K was very much part of India, gave them a link to GOI website that lists the states and told them that putting an inaccurate map reflects badly on BBC and the writer.
I requested others on the blog to do so too…and decided to write a complaint myself – only to discover that the offending map had been removed (in less than 24 hours!*). Here is the same article the way it looks now (pl click to enlarge)..
Kaffir and others also mentioned that the official website of the Government of India carried no map which could be forwarded as a link to others. I did some digging and came up with the website of the Survey of India. This site has multiple maps of India (including physical, political etc) and these can be freely downloaded. The official map of India is here.
The episode reminded me of this post: The Importance of Small and the Power of Insignificant…So please keen an eye out for such things and do let organisations, editors and publications know when you spot such mistakes. Small steps do make a difference…
* This site mentions that the article was changed twice since it was first posted on 12th Nov.