New Delhi: A map of India on the website of the World Health Organization, depicting the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in a totally different colour, has evoked angry reactions from the Indian diaspora in Britain. WHO, however, has said that it follows UN guidelines and practice regarding maps.
The map is on WHO’s COVID situation dashboard that shows the latest pandemic numbers by country. Whilst the rest of India is coloured navy blue, JK and Ladakh have been marked in grey giving a look of a separate country. The disputed border area of Aksai Chin is demarcated with grey with blue stripes, the same shade as that of China.
“WHO’s approach is to follow UN guidelines and practice regarding maps as far as possible. WHO, as a UN specialized agency, follows the United Nations on the representation of territories and boundaries on maps because the United Nations is entrusted with addressing issues involving matters of geo-politics for the UN system,” ToI quoted WHO saying regarding the matter.
Pertinently, US President Donal Trump suspended funding to WHO last April after being critical of its handling of the pandemic and its relationship with China. However, President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse this.