A glimpse of the history of 2 million years
An exhibition of 2 million years of history has been held in Mumbai, Nadia. The exhibition is titled ‘India and the World: A History in Nine Stories’.
The 228 sculptures, pottery, rare paintings and other antiquities on display here are divided into nine periods according to their time.
The exhibition started on November 11, 2017 and will continue till February 18, 2018 at the Chitrapati Shivaji Museum, the largest museum in Mumbai. After that, the exhibition will also be held in Delhi.
According to Sabisaji Mukherjee, director of the museum, “the purpose of the exhibition is to explore and compare the relationship between India and the rest of the world.”
The exhibition features more than 100 artifacts from private and public museums that reflect important periods in the history of the subcontinent.
What was happening in other parts of the world years ago is also reflected in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes 124 artifacts brought from the British Museum in London and is perhaps the first to be brought outside the British Museum.
In this picture the ‘vessel of Balochistan’ (3500-2800 BC) can be seen. The Stone Age vessel was discovered in the Mehrgarh area of Balochistan. Like other pottery discovered in the area, it has been painted in a variety of colors that were common in ancient times.
In addition to cooking and storing food, they were also used in traditional rituals. They were also used in last rites and have been discovered in graves.
The Golden Horned Bell (1800 BC) belongs to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization in northern India and Pakistan.
This bull was discovered in Haryana. The tradition of making golden horns was also common in West Asia.
A decree of King Ashoka was written on black stone (250 BC). Ashoka was one of the rulers of the great states of ancient India. The piece was discovered in the Sopara area near Mumbai.
This statue (150 AD) is thought to belong to King Kishan. The Kishan dynasty ruled northern India and parts of Central Asia under the first president in AD. Apparently this statue was part of a larger statue.
Most of these statues are found in the Indian city of Maithra, which was the capital of the Kishan state.
This bronze statue of Buddha (900-1000 AD) was found in Tamil Nadu. Wednesday is seen as a symbol of peace, wisdom and consciousness. During the Chola dynasty, the southern part of the subcontinent was one of the major centers of Buddhist philosophy.
The flame on the head of Buddha is a symbol of his intellect and such statues have been found in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
A portrait of the Mughal ruler Jahangir (1620 AD), holding a portrait of Mary in his arms. This picture is made on paper with water colors and gold. This picture has been brought to the exhibition from Uttar Pradesh which was the stronghold of the Mughal Empire.
This portrait of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1656-1661 AD) was painted by a Dutch artist, Rembrandt. Rambran was inspired by the Mughal court which has been the subject of Mughal miniature paintings. Many Mughal miniature images reached Europe through Dutch trade, and Rembrandt is thought to have had several such images.
The link wheel became a powerful symbol of the freedom struggle against Britain. It was Mahatma Gandhi who awakened the spirit of independence among Indians. He advised people not to use British goods and to use only Indian-made cloth.
The wheel is brought from Mani Bhavan in Mumbai, which was the headquarters of Mahatma Gandhi’s political movement for 17 years.
The exhibition is being organized jointly by CSMVS Mumbai, National Museum Delhi and British Museum London.
A statue in India that can reach space !!
India’s two space programs are simultaneously touching the skies, one in the form of its heavy rockets and the other in the form of a statue of Sardar Patel being erected in Gujarat.
I have heard on the 182 meter high statue of Sardar Patel that it will cost about Rs. ۔
By the way, this work can also be done with satellite, but the satisfaction that comes from going and seeing for yourself is another matter. That is why Indian space scientists are now preparing to send a ‘human mission’. When the human missions go to the moon and Mars, the contractors on the ground will say that the brothers have to go down to the upper floor of the statue and take the other troops from there on their return, their leave on earth has been approved.
The statue will be somewhat like the International Space Station, but its foundation is placed on the ground, so that it remains strong.
That is why India has developed the GSLV Mark III rocket which is said to weigh as much as two hundred big elephants! If required, it could also be used to transport heavy equipment for the construction of the statue into Indian space.
You might think that a rocket would be very expensive, but like the statue, this rocket is also made entirely within the country and it has cost only Rs 300 crore. Even if the cost of the statue does not increase, ten such rockets can be easily built.
Just think that this statue of Sardar Patel will weigh at least the equivalent of 30 great universities.
But this is the ‘Statue of Unity’, meaning the statue of unity and solidarity at any cost.
That is why an interesting news is published in the newspapers today. The government has directed the major state-owned oil and gas companies to provide Rs 200 crore for the construction of the statue.
And this amount has been directed to be given to them from their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. And what better use could there be of this money than unity?
But state-owned ONGC told the newspaper that the law allows for improvements in education, health and sanitation, especially in the tribal areas. Money can be spent under CSR to protect the environment, national civilization and art.
The statue is to be completed before the next parliamentary elections and if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister again, what could be a better place for him to take the oath of office? How easy it is to get around in space!
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