NCERT removes disputed map from Class XII textbook

NCERT removes disputed map from Class XII textbook

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will remove a map of East and South East Asia in the Class XII Political Science textbook, which depicts Aksai Chin as “a disputed area”.

It has already removed the controversial map from the e-edition of the textbook, which is titled ‘Contemporary World Politics’ and was  published in February 2007. The new edition of the textbook will have a new map.

The decision was taken after a controversy erupted on social media a few months ago.

“In the map, the border between India and China, near Aksai Chin is marked in dotted lines to indicate the dispute. As soon as objections were raised against the map, the NCERT examined the matter and decided to replace it. The map already stands deleted in the online version,” Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha told the Rajya Sabha in a reply to a written question on Thursday.

The map, which was used in the textbook with a disclaimer that the boundary representation is not necessarily authoritative, was taken from the map collection of the University of Texas. However, Aksai Chin was shown as an integral part of India in the map of India and its neighbours on page 149 of the original textbook.

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