Indian History Congress
The Indian History Congress is greatly perturbed at the announcement that Dalmia Bharat, a cement company with no known experience of maintenance of monuments is being made the custodian of the Red Fort of Delhi, a major national monuments. It has also been announced that other monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are also in line for being handed over to similar private parties.
The terms on which the Red Fort is to be handed over to Dalmia Bharat are disturbingly broad. The company can “construct” as well as “landscape”, and it will run an “interpretation centre” as well.
The Indian History Congress has already expressed its dismay over the freedom allowed to the Aga Khan Trust to interfere with the basic structures, decorations and ornamentation of Mughal monuments in the Humayun Tomb complex and surrounding areas.
The way the Red Fort is being entrusted to Dalmia, Bharat is still more troubling for the company has no claim to any experience in maintenance, conservation, preservation and interpretation of monuments. There is ample room for the fear that in order to attract tourist traffic it may propagate false or unproven interpretations of particular structures in the complex. Once such claims are set afloat, especially when they are of a sectarian character it is found extremely difficult to get rid of them.
It is, therefore, necessary that the whole arrangement be impartially reviewed by the Central Advisory Board of Archaeology or any other recognised body of experts and , until then, the deal over the Red Fort be kept suspended.
Promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian History.
:Holding Congresses and publishing of the Proceedings, Bulletins, Memoirs, Journals and other works.
:Co-operation with other organisations in India and aborad holding similar objects.
:Encouragement to the formation of State organisations to be affiliated to the central body.
:The management and disposal of funds, property and endowments for the purposes stated above.
:Performance of all other acts conducive to the fulfilment of the aims and objects of the Association.
In pursuit of these objectives the Indian History has broadened the scope of history on which it invites papers at the annual sessions by creating three other sections besides those on Ancient Medieval and Modern India, viz. Contemporary India, Countries other than India and Archaeology, with the annual session are held Professor S. C. Misra Memorial Lecture by an eminent historian and a Symposium on a important historical theme with three scholars taking past.
Over six hundred papers are usually submitted at the six sections, and a selection of them, after careful refereeing, are published in a Indian History Congress annual Proceedings, which regularly comes out every year and is made available to members free of charge. It usually contains over 100 research papers together with the addresses of the General President and Sectional Presidents.
The Indian History Congress also has as active publication programme. A list of its publications is given further on below.
At each annual session the General Body meets and passes resolutions on matters of interest to historians as teachers and researchers, to ensure due protection to our monuments and to create easier access to archives and sources, and, in general, to defend the scientific method and secular approach to history. all these resolutions are issued to press and published in the annual journal Proceedings.