Mark Zuckerberg, in a bid to announce the launch of his initiative Internet.org at Malawi, posted an infographic that soon turned controversial. The infographic featured countries where the initiative had been launched, as Mark posted,”With this launch, Internet.org is now available to more than 1 billion people around the world!”
However, one particular aspect of the infographic did not sit well with Indians. The province of Jammu and Kashmir was omitted from the Indian map, obviously resulting in the Indians reacting strongly to it. “Great Job, Please correct the Indian MAP on this Picture, Kashmir is Missing,” pointed out Akhil Dev, a Facebook user who received a multitude of comments and likes.
The mounting anger might have gotten to Zuckerberg, who took down the post entirely. Ironically, a similar incident occurred yesterday when on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, the China Central Television (CCTV) aired a map of India, which showed the country truncated without Kashmir. After the Chinese television aired the map, Indian Twitterati responded strongly on the micro-blogging site.