The writer is professor of history at Ashoka University
The animals that Harappans kept and consumed is rather well known. What is less known is the range of wild animals enjoyed by them and the fact that these contributed greatly to their diet.
This story, to me, poignantly signifies what British Company rule stood for in relation to India’s heritage and how museum collections in England were built up – through colonial loot and archaeological rapine and, as in this case, through plain and simple robbery.
Why Bishrakh’s heritage should be protected
The Archaeological Survey of India has a rich history. But it has atrophied over time,and is now not even sure of the date it was founded.