- Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page entry was changed to reflect Khalistan association
- IT ministry has summoned Wikipedia top brass and sought an explanation
- Wikipedia is a collaborative database and anyone can add or alter content on it
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has summoned Wikipedia executives in India to seek an explanation on how Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page entry was changed to reflect Khalistan association.
According to sources close to the ministry, the Centre is of the opinion that the changes (that wrongly reflected Khalistan link) could cause disharmony in India.
Changes in the page could lead to law and order situations for Arshdeep Singh’s family, ministry sources said.
The Wikipedia entry was changed after India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Sunday.
Fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, who had dropped a catch in the match, was criticised after India’s defeat.
Following this, the Wikipedia page entries read that Singh had been selected to play for the “Khalistani national cricket team”. The page was subsequently restored.
Wikipedia is a knowledge-sharing website which also allows people to edit articles and content entries, but says that peers from all across the world review the changes.