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Union Ministry of Electronics and IT has issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of Union Territory of Ladakh. The ministry issued a notice to the Global Vice President of the micro-blogging platform on November 9.

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Union Ministry of Electronics and IT has issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of Union Territory of Ladakh. The ministry issued a notice to the Global Vice President of the micro-blogging platform on November 9.

The ministry in its notice sent to the global Vice President of Twitter has mentioned that showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir is a deliberate attempt by Twitter to undermine the will of the sovereign Parliament of India which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory of India with its headquarter in Leh, according to an official statement.

The ministry has directed Twitter to explain within five working days as to why legal action should not be initiated against Twitter and its representatives for disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map. 

It may be noted that Twitter has earlier shown Leh as part of People’s Republic of China after which Secretary Ministry of Electronics and IT had written a letter to CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey raising objection to that. 

In response to that Twitter had removed People’s Republic of China, but the micro-blogging platform has not yet corrected the map to show Leh as part of the Union Territory of Ladakh. 


It is still showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir, which is against the official position of the government of India, the statement added.


The possible actions against Twitter can include a ban on access to Twitter under Section 69A of the IT Act or the registration of an FIR under the Criminal Laws Amendment Act, on charges which is punishable for up to six months in jail.

Electronics and IT Ministry Secretary Ajay Sawhney, in his letter, has reminded Twitter that Leh is headquarter of Union Territory of Ladakh and both Ladakh as well as Jammu and Kashmir are integral and inalienable parts of India governed by the Constitution of India. 

The Centre has also asked to Twitter to respect the sensitivities of Indian citizens. 

The IT Secretary says that any attempt by Twitter to disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable and unlawful. 

Giving stern warning to Twitter, Secretary IT has mentioned that such attempts not only brings disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary.

The warning to Twitter comes days after the social media platform landed itself in controversy after users shared screenshots of its blunder, which was first pointed out by National Security Analyst Nitin A Gokhale.

A Twitter spokesperson called it a technical issue, one which they said has been swiftly resolved.

Nitin was doing a live broadcast on Twitter from the war memorial in Ladakh when he spotted that the social media network had tagged it as part of the People’s Republic of China.

He took to Twitter to post: "Tweeple please put Hall of Fame Leh as your location for live broadcast and see what's happening. It shows the location as Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Republic of China. I tested it again. Outrageous."

The analyst also shared screengrabs of the video, stating: "Nitin A Gokhale was live. Jammu and Kashmir, People's Republic of China."

Twitter's blunder trigger a wave of angry outbursts on social media, with most requesting the government to take strict action against the social media platform and some seeking total ban on it in India.