New Delhi, August 24
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 networks.
The culture ministry, which said on Monday it was working with agencies to “faithfully represent events,” distanced itself from the question, saying neither content generated by any of its departments nor any recommendations to the ministry to electronics and information technology, which sources say runs the KnowIndia.gov.in site.
“We reacted because we were labeled with complaints. We do not own or operate the website. The content is not generated by us either, ”said an official.
Sources said the content was from an NCERT book.
A day after MeitY deleted the paragraph, the website no longer had the “culture and heritage” section which featured the history, tradition, monuments, arts and other activities of India.
The Mughal paragraph 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 became united under one rule and enjoyed very prosperous cultural and political years during Mughal rule. There were many divided Muslim and Hindu kingdoms across 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 Monday that the portal “sang the praises of the” great “Mughal Empire” and tagged the Ministry of Culture. – PTI