Senior IPS officer expresses dismay over Taj controversy




Senior speaking at a talk show organised by DAV Public School

-The TMC Desk

Senior IPS officer Amitabh Kumar Das made it clear that the Indian    heritage should not be confused with the Hindu heritage.

Delivering a key-note address at the Heritage Society talk show, which  was organised at the DAV Public School, BSEB Colony in Patna today he at the very outset said the heritage of this country is a composite one called the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb (culture).

Das expressed dismay over the recent controversies surrounding the   Taj Mahal. He said that some Hindu fanatics had been spreading the   canard that the Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva temple. Politics is  being played over a world heritage site for petty gains. Das told  students that they should keep their ears and eyes open because   heritages were shattered everywhere.

He said that few people knew that the name of Pataliputra had been derived from the Patali tree. Fewer people have seen the Patali tree.

Das exhorted DAV students to see the Patali tree in the Patna  Museum campus and  asked  each  and every  student to take a selfie with the Patali  tree.

Speaking  about the Deedarganj  Yakshi, Das, who is an IG-rank officer, told the students that the most famous Maurya era statue was  accidentally discovered by  washermen a hundred  years ago.

For  hundreds of  years the Deedarganj  Yakshi lay  buried upside down and  ignorant washermen used to wash clothes on its base. Das also enlightened students about the discovery of  the Madhubani paintings  by the outside world.

In 1966, a famine struck Mithila, a gentleman from Maharashtra, Bhaskar Kulkarni, visited famine-stricken villages and saw colourful  paintings on their earthen walls. Kulkarni asked village women to draw those paintings on papers. None of them did so. For centuries, women drew paintings on earthen walls of their huts, he said, adding that drawing on papers was nothing short of sacrilege. But Kulkarni offered to buy their paintings and the starving women obliged. The rest is history.

Das also dwelt at length on the Kesaria Stupa in East Champaran and the Ghora Katora Lake in Rajgir.

The session was interactive and students were surprised to learn some of the hitherto unknown facts. They were quite excited and asked the top cop several questions.

The Chairman of the Heritage Society informed students that the Society organised heritage bus tour every Sunday. He offered to take the DAV students to different heritage sites.

In the end the school principal Dr. V S Ojha honoured Amitabh Kumar Das with a shawl .