India and the Mercator

Writing in India’s Financial Express, Y. R. K. Reddy calls for India to discard the “racist” Mercator projection, which makes “our country look so small on the map,” and advocates a switch to the Peters projection (about which see previous entry). My take is that the Mercator is a lousy projection for a general-purpose world map, for the obvious reasons, but that the Peters is too distorted to be a good alternative. I much prefer the Robinson (see previous entry), but while it’s actually used more by publishers, it’s neither as politicized nor as proselytized. The Peters is first and foremost a political stance rather than a projection.