Chief Minister K Palaniswami
Wednesday urged the Center to reconstitute an expert committee reporting to the Ministry of Culture to study the origin and evolution of Indian culture over the past 12 millennia including academics from Tamil Nadu.
DMK chairman MP Stalin demanded that the panel be made up of representatives from scheduled castes, minority communities, and southern and northeastern states.
Palaniswami, welcoming the Centre’s initiative in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the composition of the committee was a matter of “deep concern”.
Minister of State, Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel, in a written response to Lok Sabha, said a few days ago that a 16-member expert committee had been set up to conduct a holistic study of the origin and evolution of Indian culture dating back 12,000 years. and its interface with other cultures of the world.
The committee does not include any representative from any of the southern states, particularly Tamil Nadu, “which has a glorious past and is home to one of the oldest civilizations, the Dravidian civilization, a vibrant and flourishing culture of southern India. India, ”the Chief Minister said.
Recent archaeological excavations at Keezhadi and other parts of Tamil Nadu reveal that the world famous Sangam era can now be dated to the 6th century BCE.
“This makes the Tamil culture and language one of the oldest surviving legacies in the world,” Palaniswami said.
Recalling Modi’s visit last year to Mamallapuram, home to ancient monuments during an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he said that “any chronicle of Indian history and culture would be grossly incomplete without give due place to Tamil culture and language “.
Expressing his surprise at having “ignored” the experts from Tamil Nadu during the creation of the committee, he asked the Prime Minister to intervene personally and order the Ministry of Culture to reconstitute the committee of experts by inducting d eminent scholars of Tamil Nadu.
“May I ask for a quick response?” ” He asked.
Demanding that the committee be reconstituted, Stalin said Tamils were “not accommodated” in the panel and accused the BJP-led Center of attempting to “rewrite” Indian cultural history by relegating Dravidian civilization behind. and “pushing” civilization to the Saraswathi River.
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