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