RSS mouthpiece shows PoK as Pakistan territory; Govt to probe
The publication of a map in RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser', depicting a part of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, evoked consternation in Rajya Sabha on Friday. The opposition asked whether the government approved it. An embarrassed government promised to investigate the matter, saying this was not its stand and neither of the Sangh.india Updated: Mar 13, 2015 14:02 IST
The publication of a map in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, RSS, mouthpiece 'Organiser', depicting a part of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, evoked consternation in Rajya Sabha on Friday, with the opposition asking whether the government approved it.
An embarrassed government promised to investigate the matter, saying this was not its stand and neither of the Sangh.
The matter was raised by leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad when the House met for the day, saying a map published in the 'Organiser' depicted Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan.
"Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India and numerous sacifices have been made to maintain it as the crown," he said.
Observing that the BJP and RSS have been in the forefront of protests whenever a foreign magazine showed PoK as part of Pakistan, Azad wanted to know from the government if it approved of the 'Organiser' map.
Responding on behalf of the government, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and "we will investigate" the article in 'Organiser'.
This is "not the view of the Sangh, neither the BJP's and nor that of the government," Prasad said.
Despite the minister's reply, congress members continued to press the issue, with S Chaturvedi wanting to know what action the government proposes to take against the author.
Deputy chairman P J Kurien said the minister has made a categorical statement that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India and nobody can change it.
Meanwhile, Organiser was quick to pull out the map from its online edition, but the print edition dated March 15 carries the mutilated Indian map, Economic Times reported on Thursday.
"Though inadvertent, it is an unacceptable mistake. Whatever maybe the source, it is unacceptable in Organiser," editor Prafulla Ketkar told ET. He said the map was sourced from "a Saarc website picking up link from Banglapedia". He assured a correction will be issued in the next issue of the magazine.