Mani and his team courted controversy in 2003 when their excavation report stated that features of a 10th-century temple were found beneath the site where the 16th-century Babri Masjid stood until its demolition in 1992.
To be held at Banaras Hindu University’s campus somewhere between September-December next year, the Sanskriti Naimisheya will be a “grand assembly of sages, scholars and artists” lasting over three days.
India Policy Foundation’s honorary director Rakesh Sinha, who regularly appears on TV channels as a senior RSS ideologue, is the editor-in-chief, the first one dedicated to Pakistan by any right-wing body.
Several sitting SP MLAs are also likely to be among the probable nominees, sources said. While BSP leaders confirmed the development, those from the ruling Samajwadi Party refused to rule out the possible defections.