India risking lives of its soldiers: scientist

The statement of US-based scientist Muneendra Kumar that India was endangering the lives of its war fighters and jeopardising its modernisation plans, by using the outdated and distorted 19th century datum and mapping systems, has rattled the scientific community.

As this warning comes from the world authority on geodesy, WGS 84 (World Geodetic System) GPS (Global Positioning System) and mapping systems, Indian authorities are not completely disregarding it as at stake are war fighters and the future growth of the country.

Incidentally, his observations have come at a time when the Survey of India (SOI) and the Military Survey Directorate are engaged in producing the Defence Series Maps (DSMs). “My statement will kick of a storm in India, but it is for the good of my birth country, not for any personal gains,” Kumar said.

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