In the World Factbook released by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the US intelligence agency has termed the right-wing groups as the militant religious organisation. Apart from this, the CIA also issues a map of India where it left out the West Kashmir and further identified it as a part of Pakistan. The intelligence agency also marked the border as ‘1972 Line of Control’. According to CIA’s official website, World Factbook shared information on the history, government of different countries, their economy, transportation, communication and other transitional issues.

The World Factbook released by the CIA, they have categorised several Hindu groups like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as a militant religious organisation. Apart from this, CIA further termed RSS as a nationalist organisation. The following right-wing groups have been listed as ‘political pressure groups and leaders’. The Factbook further mentions Hurriyat Conference as a separatist group.

Apart from categorising the Hindu groups as a militant organisation, based on their random choices, the CIA World Factbook shows the eastern side of Jammu and Kashmir as Aksai Chin area in China. Terming the areas as India owned, the Factbook also named the border as the line of actual control.

The following information seems to have irked the sentiments of the people and might result in legal actions from Hindu groups. The following World Factbook is published every year by the CIA.

If reports are to be believed, Bajrang Dal and VHP will soon be filing a case against the intelligence agency for listing them under militant religious organisations. In the World Factbook, CIA has categorised Hizbul Mujahideen as Home-based terrorist organisation.

Earlier, in the US State Department’s annual reports on International Religious Freedom, Bajrang Dal was described as “extremist”.  Reports add that the following World Factbook by CIA is a gentle reminder to the Indian government that reportedly turns blind-eye towards the violence created by such groups.

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Akshat Khanna