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Mumbai: Wrong Indian map in Wikipedia to woe Jimmy Wales

Mumbai, Nov 18: Founder of Wikipedia - the online encyclopaedia, Jimmy Wales visited Mumbai on Friday, Nov 18 to attend the first ever WikiConference in the dream city. But his Mumbai visit might not be so memorable as members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) were planning to show a protest in front of Wales demanding to remove a wrong Indian map which has been posted in Wikipedia.

BJYM members claimed that the map in Wikipedia depicts the Indian map wrongly as it shows Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in green colour and Arunachal Pradesh in red colour which according to Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961, is a criminal act.

Demanding to remove the "illegal map" of India, BJYM members were all set to protest in front of Wales on the very first day of the three-day-long conference in Mumbai. However, their plan of staging a protest was foiled by the police.

"The police are trying to discourage us from staging the protest. But why can't they themselves take cognizance of the matter and file a complaint against the founders? The illegal map on Wikipedia is a direct attack on the country's sovereignty and integrity," said Mumbai youth president, BJYM, Amit Satam.

Here it can be mentioned that the first Wikipedia office in India has been set up at the national capital (New Delhi) with the aim to attract more online readers through local languages. It has been reported that Wikipedia has set up its first ever office outside the USA.

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