MADURAI: In response to questions put to Parliament by Madurai MP Su Venkatesan on Monday regarding the committee formed to study Indian culture, the Union Ministry of Culture said it had decided to reconstitute the committee. The committee reportedly lacked representation from the diverse group of people living in the country.
The Union Ministry of Culture came under heavy criticism last year after Su Venkatesan and 32 other lawmakers learned that the 16-member committee formed by the Ministry of Holistic Study of the origin and evolution of Indian culture since 12,000 BC. the world ”did not include representatives of the diverse Indian population.
The committee was formed in 2016 and two meetings have taken place to date on January 3, 2017 and May 2, 2017, respectively. However, the existence of such a committee was not revealed until 2020.
“There is no diversity. There is no South Indian, Northeast Indian, minority, woman or Dalit on this committee. There are only men of the dominant caste in northern India. Aren’t the people across the Vindhya Range part of India? Venkatesan asked in September 2020.
When again raising the issues in Parliament, the Union Culture Ministry said it had decided to reconstitute the committee and that suggestions on its composition would be taken into consideration.