US Army College Apologizes for India Map distortion

Distorted Map Of India

Distorted Map Of India

Mumbai: The Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College has used a distorted map of India as a graphics for their publication titled, "Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski." But after strong protest from Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) the web War College sent an apology email to HJS promising replacement of Image. As that image is still not changed HJS is following up the matter. HJS member, Shri. Praveen Redkar sent one email to US Army War College about map distortion on their site linking


Mr. Justin Treher, US Army War College Contractor – BAH sent an email of apology to Shri. Praveen Redkar. Shri. Redkar then found that the distorted image was changed however the new image is still a distorted one as considerable portion of the Kashmir is missing in the new image. Then he has emailed to Mr. Justin Treher demanding the change in the distorted image.

As a reply, Shri. Praveen received a mail from Mr. Marianne P. Cowling, Director of Publications, Strategic Studies Institute. In the reply it was mentioned that, "the cover art is meant to be a reasonable representation of the map of India and we believe that the corrected image accomplishes this purpose."

As the Reasonable representation of the map of India doesn’t mean omission of considerable portion of the nation’s land i.e. Kashmir, Shri. Praveen has emailed again to Mr. Marianne P. Cowling demanding the change in the distorted image. He has also informed to "Embassy of India Washington DC" about the distorted map and requested them to take necessary steps to stop the denigration of Indian Map.

Detailed communication with
1. Mr. Justin Treher, US Army War College Contractor – BAH,
2. Marianne P. Cowling, Director of Publications, Strategic Studies Institute. and
3. Embassy of India Washington DC
is given in the support files.



Apology By US Army War College –

Treher, Justin /Contractor/ AWCC SSI wrote:

Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Praveen Redkar,

After realizing the error a couple of weeks ago, we asked the Indian embassy if it would be ok to continue distribution as it was. We have replaced the image online. You may have to press f5 to see the new image.

It was a matter of the graphic artist using a bad piece of clip art. We are sorry for any offense we may have caused.

Very Respectfully,

Justin Treher
Strategic Studies Institute
US Army War College
Contractor – BAH

(Congratulations to Shri. Redkar! Indians like you are the real strengths of this country ! – Editor)

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