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Indian court bans Kashmir globes
An Indian court has banned imports of Chinese-made toy globes depicting the disputed territory of Kashmir as a separate state.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan since independence and the creation of Pakistan in 1947. They have fought two wars over it.

The world globes show the northern territories of Kashmir and Jammu in a different colour to the rest of India.

The offending globes are manufactured by four firms in China and Hong Kong.

Wednesday's ruling by the High Court in Delhi also extends to the sale of the globes already imported by Indian traders.

"We direct customs officials not to permit the import of toy globes depicting territory of India incorrectly," the judges said.


The court also criticised customs officials for not taking seriously an original order prohibiting the entry of the globes into the Indian market.

Delhi, which governs the southern two thirds of Kashmir, is sensitive about any depiction of the contested region as a separate state.

The case was filed by a lawyer who pointed out that the globes created the impression that Kashmir was an independent country.

Both Pakistan and India claim full sovereignty over the territory.

China also administers a small area of Kashmir.

Maps are a sensitive issue the world over.

Last month, bureaucrats in the European Union were forced to apologise after Wales was left out of a map on the cover of a prestigious EU reference book.

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