S Swaminathan, author of Mamallapuram, a book on the architectural and sculptural achievements of the Pallavas, said Mamallapuram was the original name, even though the town is also called Mahabalipuram. The venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping over Friday and Saturday has been referred to, interchangeably, Mamallapuram and Mahabalipuram.... Continued.
During her Budget speech earlier this month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 17 “Iconic Tourist Sites” in the country would be developed by the government “into world class tourist destinations, to serve as a model for other tourism sites”. The Sites Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb,... Continued.
Jaipur declared World Heritage Site, what does it mean? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Culture)
A World Heritage Site is a location having an “Outstanding Universal Value”. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets at least once every year, generally in June/July, to deliberate the addition, removal, or modification of items on the list of World Heritage Sites. On July 6, Jaipur residents had a reason to feel elated as the... Continued.
Humanist, feminist: Why Iswarchandra Vidyasagar matters (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Modern History)
Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was born Iswarchandra Bandopadhyay on September 26, 1820, in Birsingha village of Midnapore district in a poor Brahmin family. Michael Madhusudan Dutt, the 19th century pioneer of Bengali drama, described Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar as having “the genius and wisdom of an ancient sage, the energy of an Englishman and the heart of... Continued.
ASI identifies Indian artefacts seized from smuggler Subhash Kapoor (Relevant for GS Mains Paper I; Culture)
Artefact of Manjushri (Eastern Pala period); Lingodhbhava (Late Chola period); and Mithuna (Kalachuris of Tripuri). ASI team identifies Idols stolen from India From idols dating back to the Gupta period (5th-6th Century AD) to terracotta objects of the Harappan culture, a range of Indian antiquities and artefacts that were smuggled by Subhash Kapoor have been... Continued.
How climate change may have changed Harappan society, led to its decline (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Culture)
The study finds that between 4,500 and 3,000 years ago, strong winter monsoons were characterised by “early neoglacial anomalies (ENA)” — changes in wind and precipitation patterns that are evident across the eastern Northern Hemisphere and tropics. A new study suggests that climate change may have led to the decline of the Indus Valley Civilisation.... Continued.
Findings of scientists Two scientists working at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, (IMSc) have figured out a way to computationally estimate whether a language is written from left to right or otherwise. Most interestingly, they have studied the Indus script and calculated that it must flow from right to left. Other evidences of right... Continued.
Largest congregation of pilgrims After ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The Ministry of External Affairs said the inscription of ‘Kumbh Mela’ in the list was undertaken following recommendation by... Continued.