New Delhi/ Imphal, Jan 30:
Union Minister of State for Education and External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh today said that students from eight standards to undergraduate level need to learn the history of our civilization and culture to enhance knowledge and wisdom from our ancestors.
Speaking as chief guest to the exhibition on ‘Glory of Medieval India: Manifestation of the Unexplored- Indian Dynasties, 8th – 18 Century’ organized by the Indian Council of Historical Research, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India held at Lalit Kala Akami near Mandi House, Metro Station, New Delhi, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan said that these dynasties which ruled India in the medieval period fostered a culture of artistic creativity, intellectual growth, scientific progress and above all a spirit of democracy and tolerance of various strands of thought. It was under their rule that the nation made substantial strides in various sciences such as architecture and metallurgy. Many of these have been designated as UNESCO world heritage sites for having cultural, historical, and scientific significance, he added.
Dr. Ranjan further said that our country India is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world and this must be a matter of great pride for any nation. The history of medieval Indian dynasties is a glorious chapter in Indian history.
“It is a tyranny that when we read about this period of history we find it usually glorifying invaders like Mughals who were hostile to India culture and the Indian dynasties which thrived during that period have not been given due acknowledgment”, Union MoS RK Ranjan said.
The Union MoS further added that it is very important to inform the public, especially youngsters and those from 8 standard to undergraduate with pride for any nation. The history of medieval Indian dynasties is a glorious chapter in Indian history.
Successful experiments were made in the field of democratic local self-government and various religious and philosophical schools of thought not merely co-existed peacefully but were even given patronage and encouragement by these ruling dynasties highlighting the underlying democratic spirit of Indian civilization, the Union MoS for Education and External Affairs, Dr. Ranjan said.
The inaugural session of the Exhibition was also attended by Dr. Balmukund Pandey, Organsing Secretary, Akhil Itihas Sankalan Yojana.