Google just announced their New version of Google Map & Earth, which is aimed at providing accurate boundaries and geopolitical features of the country. Google had earlier come under fire for not showing the International boundaries, especially the one’s which are under dispute.
They now seem to have taken a safer route by showing regions under dispute separately, which is not part of both the sides. Like in case of India, Google maps has shown entire region of of Kashmir & Arunachal Pradesh to be disputed.
See the Map below:
According to the new Google maps, all the new areas which are disputed are shown by dotted lines and not part of either of countries which are claiming the region.
I, for one can understand Jammu & Kashmir to be shown as disputed (although, I think only northern part should have been show as disputed), seeing Arunachal Pradesh under dispute is not something I can digest.
It seems just claiming the neighboring region is reason enough for Google maps to put the area under disputed category. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and just because China claims it does not mean it should be shown as disputed.
Your opinions people ? What do you think ?