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Kolkata Boi Mela
B'desh stall sealed off over India map issue
Observer Online Report
Published : Sunday, 1 February, 2015,  Time : 2:39 PM,  View Count : 75
Display of India’s map without Jammu and Kashmir at the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation stall (BPC) in Kolkata Book Fair 2015 (Kolkata boimela) on Saturday drew huge criticism from the visitors.

In a prompt action, the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, however, gave directives to seal off the stall to tackle the situation.

Visitors said the India map displayed at the BPC stall of Bangladesh Pavilion did not show Jammu and Kashmir state as part of India, rather it was showed in the Pakistan map.

At first, some visitors protested the matter, which later spread to the entire fair ground.    

Later, BJP’s youth organization Jubo Morcha submitted a written statement to the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission on Saturday evening.  

As the visitors started demonstrating in front of Bangladesh Pavilion at night and threatened to shut down it, the Deputy High Commission gave directives to seal off the BPC stall and send back all documents, books and maps to Bangladesh.

“It is the matter of Indians’ feelings. Soon after receiving the allegation over the map issue, we’ve contacted the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission. Mainul Kabir, an official there, told us that all these happened mistakenly. After then, the stall was closed down,” said Tridib Chattopadhyay, the Secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, organizers of the Kolkata Book Fair.

A source in Bangladesh deputy High Commission in Kolkata said the Bangladesh government does not want to hurt the sentiment of Indians over its map. “It had happened inadvertently. Measures have been taken to send back all the faulty maps,” the source added. 


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