I agree that this is a very serious issue. We should contact the foundation's
legal counsel for suitable action as the foundation typically handles
content-issues, particularly ones that involve a question of legality. Chapters
shouldn't be mistaken as being responsible for the content on wikipedia (you'd
know this already, but writing this in general).
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
From: Arun Ganesh <arun.planemad(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia India list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tue, February 15, 2011 2:57:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] India map and indian laws
As someone who created many of the Indian maps on wikipedia, this is a serious
issue which needs a decision as it has been in the gray for quite a while. I
have stopped my contribution of Indian maps ever since i realized that my work
could have legal repercussions. For now, all the maps come with an explanation
of the depiction of the borders and a disclaimer that it may not conform to
This is an issue which requires someone with sound legal knowledge to solve,
something for the chapter to take up. Let us not forget that we are creating a
repository of knowledge, if wikipedia ever hid the truth for the sake of being
politically correct, the whole project is pointless.