The two newly created Union Territories of India have been marked in grey colour, separate from India which appears in navy blue. On the other hand, the disputed border space of Aksai Chin is demarcated in grey with blue stripes, the identical shade as that of China.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva in his letter to WHO DG Dr. Tedros, expressed “deep displeasure” and asked the world health body remove the maps “inaccurately” depicting India’s boundaries. Ambassador Indramani Pandey wrote, “I write to express my deep displeasure at the inaccurate depiction of the boundaries of India in the maps of various web portals of WHO. In this regard, I draw your attention to our previous messages sent to W.H.O. pointing out similar inaccuracies. He added, “I again request your immediate intervention for removal of maps inaccurately depicting the boundaries of India from various web portals of WHO and their replacement with accurate maps.”
This is India’s third missive to WHO lodging formal protest at the highest level ever since WHO put up a colour-coded map on its Covid-19 dashboard. A source said, “Most recently the Indian envoy to the UN in Geneva raised it with DG Tedros and will continue to pursue.”