Melbourne: Australia has withdrawn a map
of India, posted on its immigration department website which
omitted the border States of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal
Pradesh, following strong protests from the Indian community
in the country.
The map was withdrawn on Sunday after complaints from
Indian lobby groups in Australia, a Department of Immigration
and Citizenship (DIAC) spokeswoman was quoted by `The
Australian` newspaper as saying.
The DIAC spokeswoman said the map was sourced from the
UN and mistakenly posted on the website without explanatory
A Sydney-based NRI body, Council of Indian Australians
Inc (CIA), has welcomed the decision.
"DIAC is a responsive body which takes note of the
concerns of the Indian Australian community and acts promptly
when needed," President of CIA Yadu Singh said.
"We, the Indian Australian community, are happy that
we have been able to get a wrong righted," he said.
The body has asked the Ministry of External Affairs to
deal with matters of this nature proactively.