L-R: Ravindraji, R S Sharma, Anoop Swarup, Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Dr Akash K Ouchi, S C Agrwal, Dr. Anupam Jain
Hastinapur, October 30 The second international conference on the Indian Civilization through the Millennia (ICTM) urged here today the UNESCO to declare 27 historical sites preserving Indian civilizations as the world heritage sites.
Expressing his above views, Shobhit University Vice Chancellor Prof Anoop Swarup, who presided over the inaugural session of the two-day ICTM 2010 conference being participated by over 300 delegates from India and abroad here today at Jamboo Dweep, said whether they were the Indus-Saraswati Civilization and the 27 sites, ranging from the earliest Harappan site at Alamgirpur to the recently excavated largest burial site at Farmana, or the Painted Grey Ware Culture, or the Mahabharata and the Vedic sites, they all depicted the life and times that once flourished in these environs.
Highlighting the salient features of the age-old civilization and culture of India, Prof Swarup invited the scholar delegates to join hands for reviving the civilization and culture of India. He reminded the participants of their duty not only to preserve but also propagate their heritage and its timeless values to reform the nation and the world through the high ideals and ideas of the civilization.
According to Prof Swarup, keeping this in view the Shobhit University had taken the lead in raising consciousness to rediscover this heritage. Indeed more importantly the idea behind this modest effort was also to unravel the richness of its past heritage and to draw the attention of the humankind to India’s contribution to art, culture, architecture and urban planning or to literature, religion and society or advances in science and technology, he averred.
Presenting a glimpse of various facets of Indian civilization and culture, the conference chief guest, Shobhit University Pro-Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, said the diversification in the identity of Bharatvarsh has been continuous through the millennia from the very beginning of the human civilization. He motivated all to adopt and maintain the human values enshrined in its culture and its holy scripture for achieving excellence in the development of not only nation but the whole universe.
“Indeed we ought to maintain the truth, the love and the beauty of our ethos and culture and achieve the goal of making an ideal world,” he added.
Earlier, in his welcome address, convener Prof S C Agrawal dwelt upon the theme of the conference. He mentioned that the endeavour of Shobhit University would be a step to raise consciousness “to rediscover our invaluable heritage and to have the various archeological remains in the region declared as the world heritage sites”.
The two-day conference began with Saraswati Vandana by Chandanamati Mataji and her Sangh. Gyanmati Mataji, the highest saint of Jain community, severely criticized the Western attitudes and manners and advised to come back to the Indian traditions where at an inaugural function ribbons are not said to be cut but to be given a green signal to go on. She also declared that Mahavir was not the founder of Jainism but continuation of a chain of Pravartaks (Propagators). According to her, he was the 24th Pravartak of Jainism. In this connection, she referred to a speech made by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on February 4, 2000 at a Delhi conference. A Conference Proceedings-cum-Souvenir of the Conference was released on the occasion.
During the deliberations it was brought out that Hastinapur and Meerut had been the cradle of civilizational process for the past 6000 years and even beyond: from the prehistoric to the Harappan and Vedic times and from the time of the Mahabharat to that of the Mughals and the British. Hastinapur was a centre for political, cultural and spiritual events in ancient India, also the kingdom of Kauravas belonging to the Kuru Dynasty and presently one of the most important Teerthas of Jain religion.
A View of the conference
The two-day conference showcased a rich repository of research articles, papers and presentations covering various aspects of Indian culture and civilization. The aim of ICTM-2010 was to create a platform for like-minded scholars to participate and contribute in the deliberation on Indian Civilization Through the Millennia. Special sessions were organized on the following topics:
Women through the Ages
Ancient Indian Traditions and their Importance
Pre-history and Proto-history of India
Indian Culture through the Ages
Vedic Culture and Heritage
Jain Culture and Heritage
Baudh Culture and Heritage
Islamic Culture and Heritage
Antiquity of Hastinapur and Indian Cultural Ethos
Treasure of Manuscripts in India
Indian Civilization and its Impact on other Civilizations. Apart from paper reading sessions, invited talks of distinguished scholars, interactive sessions, visits to sights of archaeological and historical importance, the exhibition of relevant publications and poster exhibition remained an added attraction. One painting exhibition was also being organized.
The participants included S P Mishra, Vice-Chancellor, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar; Prof P N Mishra, Professor and Head, School of Business Studies, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore; Prof S P Ojha, former Vice Chancellor, CCS University, Meerut; Prof U P Arora, Greek Chair, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Prof K N Dixit, former Joint Director General, ASI; Prof Rajesh Purohit, Deputy Director, Krishna Museum, Dharohar, Kurukshetra; Prof D C Jain, former Professor and Head, Department of History, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra; Dr Vijay Sathe, Deccan College, Pune; Dr Neelanshu Kaushik, ASI Raipur; Prof Jaiprakash Narayan Dwivedi, Director, Dwarikadheesh Indological Institute, Dwarika; Prof K K Sharma, former Professor and Head, Department of History, CCS University, Meerut; Prof Geeta Srivastava, Former Professor and Head, Department of History, CCS University, Meerut; Prof R S Agrawal, Professor & Head, Department of History, CCS University, Meerut; Dr Rajani Mishra, ASI Bhopal; J Manuel, ASI Bhopal; and Dr A K Bandyopadhyay, former Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Finance.
After the inaugural session, two academic sessions were held in which several research papers were presented by the participants. Academic Session – I was chaired by Dr Anupam Jain and in this session Mr Upendra Gami was the rapporteur. In the session various facets of Indian Culture and Civilization were highlighted by the delegates. In addition the invited talk was given by Prof. K K Sharma. Academic Session – II was chaired by Dr D C Jain along with the rapporteur Dr Pragati Jain. In this session the main highlights were those of archaeological remains found in different parts of India. The invited talks of the session were given by Prof. Rajesh Purohit and Dr. Vijay Sathe. The session came to a halt by the close of the day.
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