BENGALURU: Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday urged the Union government to reconstitute the 16-member expert committee formed to study Indian culture over the past 12,000 years.
âIt is very unfortunate that the expert committee does not have Kannadigas or South Indians familiar with Dravidian culture. The committee does not even have a female member, âsaid the former chief minister.
HDK questions the objectivity of the study
Expressing doubts about the objectivity of the proposed study, he asked: “Is it possible to conduct a fair and impartial study of the culture and heritage of Karnataka without having Kannadiga representatives on the committee?” How can we envision studying the history and culture of the whole country excluding South Indians? He said the committee is full of those who seem to have prejudices about culture, history and heritage, besides being fully occupied by the North Indians.
Senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily also questioned the very purpose and motive for forming such a committee. “If there is a committee without representation from South India, which has always supported the civilization and culture of India, it means that they are not really interested in studying,” Moily said.