NEW DELHI: 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’s Culture Ministry have been raised on social networks.
The Culture Ministry, which on Monday said it was working with agencies to “faithfully represent events”, distanced itself from the question, saying neither content generated by any of its departments had made any recommendations to the Ministry of Culture. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which sources say runs the KnowIndia.gov.in site.
“We reacted because we have been scarred by the complaints. We do not own or manage 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: âIn India, the Mughal Empire was one of the greatest empires of all time. The Mughal Empire ruled hundreds of millions of people. 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.