"We do not know how this happened. The Geological Survey of India has approved the map. The error could have crept in while considerably reducing the size of the world map to fit in the book," said Sarjerao Jadhav, state board chairperson.
On Sunday, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education sought an explanation from the board of studies for history comprising an expert committee that looks at the subject syllabus and checks the final prints of the maps, graphic and text of the book.
Jadhav said the textbooks would not be recalled. "In a world map, such mistakes can happen and are not be taken seriously. The purpose of the map is not to show the Indian states but to give a general outline of the country."