THE INDIAN Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is set to revive the debate on the existence of the lost river Saraswati.
The apex funding agency for historical research will soon conduct a national seminar, titled “Antiquity, Continuity and Development of Civilisation and Culture in Bharat up to first millennium BC”, during which historians will discuss the “changing courses of rivers with special reference to the Sarasvati River”, among other topics.
According to ICHR Chairman Y S Rao, the purpose of the seminar is to “present the findings of recent research in history and its allied disciplines and discuss their relevance to update Indian history in respect of its remote past”.
“These researches will be examined to fine-tune or update our present understanding of the antiquity, continuity and development of our ancient culture and civilization up to the beginnings of the historical period,” states the perspective plan document for the second half of his term as chairman on the ICHR website.
This is the Council’s first attempt at debating the existence of the Saraswati river under the NDA-II government. The Council, during the tenure of NDA-I, under the ministership Murli Manohar Joshi had undertaken a similar project on the mapping of the Saraswati river civilization.