Indian Occupied part of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s occupied Chinese state Arunachal Pradesh have been finally listed as “independent entities” and not being part of India by the United Nations as it has finally stated that this was its approach towards “disputed” areas. ________________________________________________
From Christina Palmer
The categorisation came as a shock to the Indian government here at New Delhi becuase the UN has, in the past, been only treating Indian occupied area of Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute between India and Pakistan while viewing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India. However, in its latest report, FAO has shown Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh( a disputed territory between India and China) as separate countries along with India. The Indian states figure in country grouping for East Asia. The names are there in annexure five of the 2010 FAO report to assess greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy sector.
When contacted, FAO representative in India Gavin Wall said the country grouping is based on FAO’s Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL), which aims at compiling and disseminating information on administrative units for all countries in the world and it complies with the UNCS international boundaries map. Wall said because the GAUL is developed at the global level, controversial boundaries cannot be ignored. “The selected approach is to treat disputed areas as independent entities not dependent from countries.
“In this way the GAUL preserves national integrity for all disputed countries. Areas of then classified from a purely geographic point of view,” he said. Arunachal Pradesh has been spelt as ‘Arunashal’ Pradesh in the list which also shows Aksai Chin as a separate country. China maintains that Aksai Chin is its integral part while India says it is part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.