The World Health Organisation (WHO), which is facing accusation of delaying declaring Covid-19 a pandemic allegedly at Beijing’s behest, seems to have floundered on the depiction of China’s map on its website.
Parts of Ladakh (Aksai-Chin) in the China section of the WHO website have been shown as part of Chinese territory with a dotted line and colour code. Also, Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of India are depicted in different colours. A part of J&K — Pakistan-occupied Kashmir — is marked with a dotted line, suggesting it as a “disputed territory”.
Many UN maps show parts of Kashmir as “disputed” but this is probably the first time J&K and Ladakh are shown in different colours than the rest of India in the map of a UN body.
“The map of India depicted by WHO differs from the standard depiction even of the UN itself, by not showing parts of J&K which are under actual control of India as a part of our country,” Gautam Bambawale, India’s former envoy to China, Pakistan and Bhutan, told ET. “WHO’s depiction of J&K with a different colour wash from that of India is strange, incorrect and surprising.”
ET has learnt that India has formally raised the matter with the concerned UN authorities and is awaiting response.