Google seems to have caught the new political fever of the ruling party about spreading Hindutva. The controversial and highly sensitive case of Ram Mandir – Babri Masjid in Ayodhya have now reached Google too.
Recently people discovered a new Google Marker in Google Maps which reads ‘Mandir Yahi Banega’ when one searches for Ram Janmabhooomi.
The phrase ‘Mandir Yahi Banega’ translates to ‘temple will be built here’ in English. What we need to note here is that this is a popular slogan raised by right-wing groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad pitching for a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
When contacted about the matter, this is what the Google spokesperson had to say – “We’re heavily invested in empowering users to contribute their local knowledge to Google products and services. Overall, allowing users to suggest information provides comprehensive and up-to-date info, but we recognize there may be, as in this case, unhelpful edits suggested by users. When this happens, we work fast to address the issue as quickly as possible.”
As of now, Google has claimed to take steps regarding this matter and said that it had “fixed the issue”. The Ayodhya issue is already a touchy subject among the Indian religious communities. So it’s better if Google solves this issue soon and remains careful so that no further issues of such kind happens in the future.