Guv urges ASI to explore Bihar’s history further

PATNA: Today, information technology is in thing, rather than archaeology. But we will remain rootless if we don’t know our history, said Bihar governor Devanand Konwar here on Saturday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Archaeological Survey of India at the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies here. The event was organized by ASI’s Patna circle.

“Without it (archaeology), plans for future cannot be made. Only when we know our past, we can draw inspiration to excel in future,” the governor told a 500 and odd gathering of archaeologists, academics and others.

Though Konwar appreciated the work of ASI in Bihar, he said: “Bihar still has many things to discover. I will request you (ASI) to explore Bihar further.” He added, “Archaeology is not just excavation. It has many dimensions. It excavates history, past civilization, heritage, history and past spirit,” the governor said.

Making a strong pitch for preservation of the remains of humanity, the governor said, “Our history will work as a guiding force for the posterity. It is important that we continue to excavate. It is similarly important that we preserve the excavated history.”

A total of eight eminent archaeologists (now retired), who have dedicated their lives to the exploration of various valuable sites in the state, were felicitated on the occasion. The governor handed over a memento, a citation letter and a shawl in appreciation of their work. The felicitated archaeologists are B S Verma, B K Sharan, B Nath, D P Sinha, B S Jha, S K Chaudhari, R K Sinha and A N Roy.

Minister for youth, art and culture department, Sukhda Pandey asked ASI to continue efforts to explore the state’s hidden heritage. She promised all possible support to ASI on behalf of the state government. “It is India’s rich history which has got it recognition in the world. We will progress only when we further know our history,” she added.

ASI, Patna circle, also released a brochure on “Vaishali-revealing the past”. An official website of excavation branch III, was also formally launched by the governor. The website is ‘asiexbrpatna.bih.nic.in’.

S K Manjul, superintending archaeologist, told TOI that ASI would put up a mega exhibition themed on the heritage of Bihar and its preservation during the upcoming Bihar Diwas celebrations at Gandhi Maidan.

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