The central panel rejects the inclusion of Muslim dynasties in the exhibitions

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An exhibition on Medieval Indian Dynasties was organised by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), a division of the Union Ministry of Education and featured 50 different dynasties in the exhibitions. No Muslim dynasty was shown in the exhibition.

An overview of the news

  • The ICHR, organised the exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi titled ‘Glory of Medieval India: Manifestation of the unexplored – Indian dynasties, 8th-18th Centuries.

  • Minister of State Education Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh inaugurated the exhibition.

  • Muslim dynasties like Bahmani and Adil Shahi were not part of the exhibition.

  • On the question why Muslim dynasties are not part of the exhibition, ICHR member secretary Professor Umesh Ashok Kadam said that he does not consider Muslim dynasties as Indian dynasties.

  • According to Kadam, Muslims came from the Middle East and did not have a direct connection with Indian culture.

  • Although Islamic dynasties were undoubtedly a part of Indian history, Kadam argued that the past should not be dominated by the Mughal or Sultanate dynasties.

  • Kadam said, "Islam and Christianity came to India in the medieval period and they uprooted the civilization and destroyed the knowledge system."

  • According to the ICHR, the exhibition will soon be shown across the country with the intention of educating people about India's past.

  • The exhibits depict Ahom, Chola, Rathor, Yadav, Kakatiya and other dynasties, highlighting their founders, capital cities, dates and architecture, art, culture of India.

Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)

  • It is an autonomous body of the Central Ministry of Education.

  • It was established under Societies Registration Act, 1860 in 1972. 

  • It aims to bring historians together and provide a platform for exchange of views among them.

  • Its other objectives are to promote, accelerate and coordinate research in history.

  • It publishes a biannual Journal - the Indian Historical Review, and another journal Itihas in Hindi.  

  • Headquarters - New Delhi

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