This news report- shameful and hilarious at the same time- was published in the Indian Express today-
The cover page of the Environment Status Report (ESR) for 2008-09 by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) shows the map of India without the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
No one noticed this for a few months, but Shiv Sena leader, Shyam Deshpande pointed out the error yesterday.
Cutting across party lines, leaders from all parties have condemned this lapse on the part of the civic administration.
‘NCP leader Anil Bhosale said the incident has brought focus on the laxity of the civic administration and failure of the municipal commissioner to keep a check on his staff.‘
‘Congress leader Ulhas Bagul said the negligence of the civic administration has brought shame to all.‘
‘BJP leader Mukta Tilak said the civic administration has insulted the soldiers of the country.’
Pune Mayor, Rajlaxmi Bhosle has issued an order for strong action against those responsible.
Additional municipal commissioner Umakant Dangat has assured that ‘ a detailed inquiry would be conducted and stern action will be initiated against the guilty.’
‘Meanwhile, garden superintendent Bhanudas Mane under whose department the task of preparing the ESR falls said the disputed image of the globe showing the map of India was downloaded from the Internet. ‘
As to why this happened-
Which of the following do you think is the likeliest reason for this happening?
1. Geography has stopped being taught in Indian schools.
2. Pune administration employees are illiterate.
3. Pune administration employees are agents of the ISI.
4. No Govt. of India website has a map of India, so it has to be downloaded from a Pakistani site.
5. Google is an agent of the ISI.
6. Indians have ceased to care whether J & K remains in India or not.
7. Any other reason?