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Arunachal fumes over wrong map on iPhone4

Last updated: 04 October, 2010
Itanagar, Agencies: 0:17 IST

Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday lodged a strong protest with the Centre over US-based Apples latest iPhone4 containing maps depicting the northeastern Indian state as part of Chinese territory.

According to reports, the latest smartphone launched in China contains maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of China.

“This is yet another attempt at painting a wrong picture on the territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh and we strongly protest this nefarious design,” said Takam Sanjay, Congress party MP in the Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh. Sanjay said a formal protest over Apple’s latest iPhone4 gaffe was lodged with the Central government.
“We want Apple to immediately rectify the fault and ensure that Arunachal Pradesh is shown as very much part of India,” Sanjay said.

This is not the first time that Arunachal Pradesh has been shown as part of China — twice in the past two years Google showed the northeastern state as part of China.
“Earlier this year, Google had sent an apology when I took up the matter with the search engine through the Indian government and rectified it. But the question is not about just an apology when everybody knows Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India,” the MP said.

“I think this is nothing but a conspiracy and an appeasement policy by all these international technology giants, including the search engine Google,” he alleged.
In 2009, Google maps for India marked areas of Arunachal Pradesh, including its capital Itanagar and Tawang, in China. The maps showed the state with dotted lines, signifying its disputed status.

Google later admitted its mistake and rectified it for Indian users.
“Again I am saying, a simple apology would fail to undo the damage and hurt caused to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” Sanjay said.

The mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with China. The McMahon Line, an imaginary border now known as the Line of Actual Control, separates the Sino-Indian border along Arunachal Pradesh.

India and China fought a bitter border war in 1962, with Chinese troops advancing deep into Arunachal Pradesh and inflicting heavy casualties on Indian troops.

The border dispute with China was inherited by India from the British colonial rulers, who hosted a 1914 conference with the Tibetan and Chinese governments that set the border in what is now Arunachal Pradesh.

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