NEW DELHI: A section on Indian culture was completely removed from a government website on Tuesday, a day after a paragraph describing the Mughal Empire as one of the greatest of all time was removed when Complaints labeling the union culture ministry have been raised on social media.
The Ministry of Culture, which said on Monday it was working with the agencies to “accurately represent events”, distanced itself from the matter, saying neither the content was generated by any department within it nor had made recommendations to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which according to the sources, operates the KnowIndia.gov.in site.
“We reacted because we were identified by the complaints. We do not own or manage the website. Nor is the content generated by us,” an official said.
Sources said the content came from an NCERT book.
A day after MeitY removed the paragraph, the website no longer had the “culture and heritage” section which showcased India’s history, tradition, monuments, arts and other activities.
The paragraph about the Mughals on the site was on the Medieval India page.
The paragraph deleted on Monday read: “In India, the Mughal Empire was one of the greatest empires of all time. The Mughal Empire ruled over hundreds of millions of people. India united under one rule and enjoyed very prosperous cultural and political years during the Mughal Empire.There were many divided Muslim and Hindu kingdoms all over India until the arrival of the founders of the Mughal Empire.
Ratan Sharda, author of “Secrets of RSS”, “The Sangh and Swaraj” and “RSS 360”, tweeted on Monday that the portal was “singing the praises of the ‘great’ Mughal Empire” and tagged the culture ministry.