Via The Map Room (via Geocarta), It’s the Indian government’s turn to protest using the Line of Control as the defacto border between Pakistan and India in Kashmir. Previously, this complaint has been made by the odd blogger. The Times of India article points out:
The political map of the subcontinent in Google Earth shows the region that India calls Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, or PoK, and Pakistan calls it ‘Azad (free) Kashmir’, as being a part of Pakistani territory.
But Google also shows the India-occupied portion of Kashmir as being part of India. The government of India might want to be careful what it wishes for, as any objective depiction that disaggregates Pakistan-controlled Kashmir would also need to disaggregate India-controlled Kashmir. I’m sure that’s not what they’re looking for. In fact, I’m sure this is just another bout of cheap patriotic positioning. Cheap, because bashing Google carries no repercussions.
I still think the solution is for Google to outsource these kinds of calls to National Geographic.