The latest release of Nokia Maps, the company’s own GPS-enabled navigational mapping application, apparently contained some inaccurate information. Nokia Maps listed Kashmir as being part of Pakistan – an insult of sorts to members of the BJP.
A youthful congregation from the BJP raided a Nokia Store in Jabalpur City, grabbing Nokia handsets and setting them on fire. The attack is seen as a protest of Nokia’s mis-information and highlights the BJP’s sensitivity on Pakistani matters. One BJP organizer said that the Nokia Maps mistake was “a case of anti-nationalism. We demanded that the Nokia and other people involved in the conspiracy be booked for spreading anti-national activities. We will intensify the protest if this case has not been registered.”
Surprisingly, the shop owner was fairly accepting of the BJP’s protest method. “This is the problem of Nokia and we are not concerned with it as we are merely shop owners, not the client of the company. But, the manner in which the mob entered and started torching the shop is bad,” said Rafiq Khan, the Nokia Store owner.