About 20 Right-wing members of the Indian Parliament headed a march to the Soviet Embassy in New Delhi on Friday(21 Aug) to protest against what they call "cartographic aggression" -- allegedly inaccurate border markings on recent Russian maps.
New Delhi, India
SV Marchers & Parliamentarians towards Soviet Embassy
GV Banner"Condemn Russian carto-graphic aggression
GV USSR Embassy
MV Red Stars & plaque (2 shots)
GV & SV Demonstration arrives at Embassy(2 shots)
SV PAN Marchers
SV Marchers burn maps
CU Banner'Save India from Russian Cartographic aggression'
CU Burning maps (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators leaving
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Background: About 20 Right-wing members of the Indian Parliament headed a march to the Soviet Embassy in New Delhi on Friday(21 Aug) to protest against what they call "cartographic aggression" -- allegedly inaccurate border markings on recent Russian maps.
The maps objected to showed the Aksai Chin area of Kashmir and Assam's North-East frontier agency as parts of the People's Republic of China. About 1,000 people marched in the demonstration.
At the Soviet Embassy a police officer told the protestors that Soviet Officials refused to meet a deputation. The march followed a parliamentary row caused by the publication of the atlases and encyclopedias.
A Government spokesman said in Parliament earlier this month that it had made four representations to the Soviet Union about the maps since 1956.
Parliamentarians in the protest burned some of the offending atlases outside the Embassy before the demonstrators dispersed.
Later, a Government spokesman announced that all foreign maps and publications not depicting Indian territory according to the Indian Government's interpretation would be banned from the country. Some British and American maps are believed to fall into this category.