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SSC book shows parts of Gujarat in Pakistan

Puja Pednekar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 23, 2013
First Published: 02:05 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:18 IST(23/8/2013)

After excluding Arunachal Pradesh from the map of India in a Class 10 geography textbook, the Maharashtra board’s effort to rectify the error has resulted in another major faux pas.

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The stickers pasted on the revised textbooks show some parts of Gujarat in Pakistan. To make matters worse, the islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar have not been marked at all.

On August 21, the Interna-tional Boundary Directorate under the Survey of India wrote to the Union home, defence and HRD ministries stating that the latest blunder is “likely to compromise national security” and is against the National Map Policy (2005) and Map Restriction Policy issued by the ministry of defence.

‘This map is not in accordance with the Survey of India copy right map (sic)…It was observed that the international boundary of the Indian state of Gujarat is wrongly shown in the map appearing in the Class 10 geography textbook of Maharashtra state. The names of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands names are also not appearing on the existing map,” read the letter by Naveen Tomar from the surveyor general’s office, which has been accessed by Hindustan Times.

The letter has recommended suitable action to prevent the unauthorised and incorrect depiction of the international boundary in the textbook.

“I am not aware of this issue as I have joined as the board chairperson only recently. We will look into the matter,” said Gangadhar Mamhane, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

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