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Harappan: We Carry the Same Harappan Gene, Gujarat Culture in Bengal: Indus Valley Experts | Kolkata News

Kolkata: “From Bengal to Gujarat, we carry the same Harappan gene and follow the same Harappan culture,” said Vasant Shinde, one of India’s best known experts on the Indus Valley Civilization. He was speaking at a symposium organized by Indian Museum to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of Harappan civilization at Mohenjo Daro and Harappa which were excavated in 1921-22.
On this occasion, the Indian museum inaugurated an exhibition on Harappan culture, presenting objects from its own collection. Indian Museum is the repository of one of the largest collections of Harappan artifacts. “Some of the objects are on display for the first time in the history of the museum,” said AD Chowdhury, director of the museum.
How does civilization continue in our daily life? “The tandoori chicken, for example, is a product of the Harappan civilization. Archaeologist BB Lal discovered tandoor and fossilized chicken bones in Kalibangan to ensure that tandoori chicken is entirely of Indian origin, and not an import from elsewhere,” he added.
“The discovery of the Harappan civilization actually bridged a great gap between the Stone Age and the stupa period of the Buddhist Age in one fell swoop. Now we can proudly say that we have a continuing history of the stone age in modern times, unparalleled anywhere in the world,” said Vasant Shinde, Bhatnagar scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Deccan University in Pune.
About the traces of Harappan civilization in Bengal, Shinde later told TOI, “At Pandu Rajar Dhipi in Midnapore, we find pottery similar to that of Harappan from 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 footprints all along it.
However, the genetic studies and scientific remodeling of the skeletons of the Harappan people that were carried out between 2000 and 2020 have laid bare the most interesting aspects of the continuity of civilization to this day. Remodeling of the image of the remains of Harappan men and women from the Rakhghari site (Haryana) revealed an astonishing resemblance to today’s Hariyanvi men and women,” Sinde said.
“However, we have to relearn many things from our Harappan ancestors. One of them is water conservation and water harvesting which they practiced at Dholavira, a rich Harappan site. Dholavira was a desert in Harappan times. But they turned Dholavira into a completely green city with 24-hour water. They harvested water during the monsoons, controlled the dams on the canals and used it efficiently. Nowadays, we have failed to replicate the model,” Shinde said.


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