Talk:South Asia

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Better to edit mistakes, rather than revert[edit]

User:Saqib: with this edit, you suggested your revert be discussed here.

I have a suspicion that you object to the situation being described accurately in Pakistan in a way that gives sufficient warning to the traveller of the risks involved, but surely you do not take exception to

  1. having a lower case I-for-India after a comma: "although it is mostly part of Central Asia, It"
  2. expanding an ugly abbreviation in prose: "per square kilometre is 7 times the world average." rather than "per square km is 7 times the world average." If you really wish to abbreviate, then the approved SI symbolisation of km² should be used.
  3. Using the Commonwealth English of " it's flavoursome food " rather than US spelling of " it's flavorfull food "
  4. Using the shorter and more common abbreviation of "UK" rather than "U.K."

do you? --90.221.87.151 07:21, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Can we focus on one point rather than jumping from one roof to another. So lets come straight to the point. I'm not providing inaccurate or false information when it comes to security situation in Pakistan. See Pakistan#Stay_safe and Karachi#Stay_safe. It gives enough warning to a traveller. The description in region-list should be precious and give overview of the country rather than the deep information about security issues. In my opinion "Tourism is suffering due to the unpredictable security situation." is more than enough. --Saqib (talk) 09:41, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Kashmir[edit]

User:Wikigura I cannot completely agree with the current status of the map. First, it is not depicting the boundaries of the countries correctly, especially in the disputed Kashmir region. Second, the entire state of Kashmir should be part of the map, but some of the (East Kashmir) regions are not shown. Finally, reference for the map is clearly missing.

User:Wikigura, I moved your post to the bottom of the page, so that it's clearly visible as the latest post. Also, the way to sign your posts on talk pages is by typing 4 tildes (~) in a row at the end of the post. Having said that, as I've stated elsewhere, I think you have some basic misunderstandings about what this site is. The prime directive of this site is the traveller comes first. That means that all de facto boundaries are recognized, not because we necessarily think that they're optimal, but because for travellers, their paramount interest in borders has to do with the limits of where you can travel on what visa. You should also read welcome, Wikipedians, because travel guides don't need to give some kind of official reference for maps; the maps are simply hosted at Wikimedia Commons. Thirdly, territorial claims and counterclaims, like other political disputes, are dealt with on this site with a simple standard of be fair. This site can no more take a position favoring Indian claims to Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir than one favoring Pakistani claims to Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir or indeed the desires of some Kashmiris for and independent state of Kashmir that would presumably cover all parts of Kashmir. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:10, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

User:Ikan Kekek: I completely disagree with your point -- "because travel guides don't need to give some kind of official reference for maps". You cannot just put a map you feel it as appropriate. I did not put the Indian government claimed map on the page nor the Pakistan's version. Instead, the page requires a more factual and internationally recognized map with dotted borders and clear demarcations. A map, be it anywhere, should be as per the officially recognized way and not as per some random personal choice. I hope you understand that I am undoing your previous edits not for personal choice but to make wiki-voyage page a bit more factual source. Wikigura (talk) 07:31, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

No, don't you understand that the official Indian version is that all of Kashmir belongs to India and the official Pakistani version is that all of Kashmir belongs to Pakistan? Neither official map can be included in a travel guide. Travel guides in any case aren't about which borders are officially recognized; they're about actual conditions on the ground. I'm sorry, but if you can't accept that, you don't need to be here. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:48, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
If the area in contention is administrated by Pakistan then the map is accurate. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 07:58, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
Also relevant from earlier discussion File_talk:Map_of_South_Asia.png Andrewssi2 (talk) 08:00, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Page banner[edit]

Current banner
Suggestion 1 - Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Suggestion 2 - Allahabad, India. Used for Doab.
Suggestion 3 - Mumbai, India.
Suggestion 4 - currently used for Middle Hills, Nepal.

As there have been page banner talks on Talk:Asia, Talk:Central Asia and Talk:Bangladesh, we should discuss this banner as well. While the picture has great photographic quality, the motif does not seem iconic, or representative of the region; especially not its major population centers, or the most famous destinations. Mountain sceneries tend to be over-used as banners. We should consider other motifs. Feel free to defend the current banner, or to suggest other options. /Yvwv (talk) 03:45, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

Well, the region does have the tallest mountains in the world. That said, I think the Kumbh Mela banner and the farmer ploughing would be my top 2 choices from this group. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:47, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
I like suggestion 1 because it is commons way of farming in South Asian countries. --Saqib (talk) 15:55, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
Changed the banner. Looking for other places to use the others. /Yvwv (talk) 19:07, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Rename references of 'Indian Subcontinent' to 'South Asia'[edit]

New contributor Gun jack 2000 would like to change references to the 'Indian subcontinent' to 'South Asia' as per this [diff https://en.wikivoyage.org/w/index.php?title=South_Asia&type=revision&diff=3372197&oldid=3372188].

I don't want to speak for them, just give them a starting point here. Andrewssi2 (talk) 00:22, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

I don't support scrubbing all mentions of the Indian Subcontinent. This expression is used, so it should be acknowledged. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:40, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) It's pointless to say that South Asia is also known as the "South Asian region" or "Southern Asia". That's akin to saying that South America is known as the "South American region". The Indian subcontinent or just subcontinent is an alternative word describing the region. It's not as common as South Asia these days but it is still used. It doesn't make sense to remove it. Gizza (roam) 00:44, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
All that would be accomplished by scrubbing all references to the "Indian Subcontinent" would be to potentially leave our readers confused when they do hear the term. If Gun jack 2000 disagrees with the use of that term, fine, but this isn't the way or, frankly, the place to argue that point. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:53, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Well, he/she wants to change this article, so I thought this would be the place to discuss it?
I would rather help new contributors understand the right process, even if we disagree with the change they are trying to make. Andrewssi2 (talk) 02:36, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
I meant Wikivoyage isn't the place to argue that point, not this page in particular. The term "Indian Subcontinent" is one that people use, therefore it's one that we use. We're not in the business of advocating for or against any particular terminology (nor could we even if we wanted to, given our middling readership numbers). -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:18, 15 January 2018 (UTC)