The new G20 note was issued by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to mark the occasion of the Saudi presidency of the G20, it has a world map and does not feature Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India.
India has asked Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on the misrepresentation of its territorial boundaries on a new banknote, in the latest protest over maps of the disputed country that have also targeted foreign media outlets and a social media giant.
The foreign ministry in New Delhi said it expressed “serious concern” over a new 20 Riyal note issued to mark Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the powerful G20 bloc of countries, which includes India.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has asked Saudi Arabia to take “urgent corrective steps” in the matter and emphasized that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country. “We have seen the banknote referred by you which gives an incorrect depiction of India’s external territorial boundaries.
Three years ago, India ushered in new laws that made erroneous depictions of the country’s map a criminal act, punishable by a three-year prison sentence.
New Delhi banned broadcaster Al-Jazeera in 2015 for nearly a week after it published an Indian map that excluded Kashmir. It has also regularly censored The Economist magazine for showing Kashmir as a disputed region.
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