Kolkata: A leading newspaper of Bangladesh, “Prothom Alo” published a distorted map of India on their website and Facebook page showing the disputed part of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. The map of India coloured in green cut boundaries with Kashmir shown as Pakistan’s part.
This blunder by a popular newspaper comes in the wake of betrayal by Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav issue and also tension amid LOC after Indian soldiers killed three Pakistan rangers by crossing the border to avenge killing of their four soldiers in ceasefire violations.
Bangladesh is celebrating “Vijay Mash” or ‘Victory month’ in December as it was freed from Pakistan and a new Bengali speaking nation was formed on December 16, 1971. The world is aware of India’s contributions in the liberaton war of Bangladesh and making it an independent country.
This deed could have a telling impact on Indo-Bangla diplomatic relations which is already in drift owing to water sharing over Teesta. If this ‘mistake’ by the newspaper considered as a hint of Bangladesh stand on the issue, it could have much greater implications.