harappan: We Are Carrying Same Harappan Gene, Culture From Gujarat To Bengal: Indus Valley Experts | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: “From Bengal to Gujarat, we are carrying the same Harappan gene and following the same Harappan culture,” said Vasant Shinde, one of the best known Indus Valley Civilization experts in India. He was speaking at a symposium organized by the Indian Museum to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the Harappan civilization at Mohenjo Daro and Harappa that were excavated in 1921-1922.
On this occasion, Indian Museum threw open an exhibition on Harappan culture, displaying artefacts from its own collection. Indian Museum is the repository of one of the largest collections of Harappan artifacts. “Some of the objects are being exhibited for the first time in the history of the museum,” said AD Chowdhury, director of the museum.
How is the civilization continuing in our daily lives? “Chicken tandoori, for instance, is a product of Harappan civilization. Archaeologist BB Lal discovered tandoor and fossilized chicken bones at Kalibangan to ascertain that tandoori chicken is of completely Indian origin, not an import from elsewhere, ”he added.
“The discovery of the Harappan civilization actually bridged a big gap between the stone age and the stupa period of the Buddhist age in just one stroke. Now, we can proudly say that we have a continuous history from the stone age to modern time, quite unparalleled in the world, ”said Vasant Shinde, Bhatnagar fellow and former vice-chancellor of Deccan University, Pune.
About traces of the Harappan civilization in Bengal, Shinde later told TOI, “At Pandu Rajar Dhipi in Midnapore, we find pottery similar to Harappan ones of 1900 BC, a later period of Harappa. It showed that the Harappan civilization gradually moved from the Indus and Saraswati basin along the Indo-Gangetic plain and left its imprints all along it.
However, the genetic studies and scientific remodeling of the skeletons of Harappan people tha was carried out between 2000 and 2020 laid bare the most interesting aspects of the continuity of civilization till date. The image remodeling of the remains of Harappan men and women from Rakhghari site (Haryana) revealed an amazing resemblance to modern-day Hariyanvi men and women, ”Sinde said.
“However, we need to relearn a lot of things from our Harappan forefathers. One of them is water conservation and water harvesting that they practiced in Dholavira, a rich Harappan site. Dholavira used to be a desert in Harappan time. But they turned Dholavira, a city, completely green with water available round the clock. They used to harvest water during monsoons, checked dams at canals and used it efficiently. In modern days, we have failed to replicate the model, ”said Shinde.


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