Is Am­bran the seat of a lost civil­sa­tion?

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The Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Survey of In­dia's al­leged lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude in Jammu may be de­priv­ing us from an ex­cit­ing rev­e­la­tion of a hith­erto un­known civi­la­sa­tion in In­dia, with its roots to the great Harap­pan Cul­ture.

Most ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Jammu and Kash­mir be­lieve that the Am­bran site sits atop a lost civil­sa­tion that can add sev­eral new chap­ters to our recorded his­tory. The spec­u­la­tion gained mo­men­tum af­ter Bud­dhist pe­riod ruins were traced in the Am­bran site at the banks of the river Chenab. Ex­ca­va­tions done there in the year 2,000 had also landed the ASI team with ar­ti­facts be­long­ing to the Kushan pe­riod in the eighth cen­tury. The team had dis­cov­ered stu­pas and rooms for monks at the site. Dis­cov­ery of fur­ther ar­ti­facts, not re­lated to any of the known pe­ri­ods, gave birth to the hy­poth­e­sis that it could be the seat of a lost civil­sa­tion or a civil­sa­tion con­nected to the erst­while In­dus val­ley civil­i­sa­tion.

But since then no progress has been made. The Tourism Min­istry had in­cluded Jammu and Kash­mir in its na­tion­wide Bud­dhist cir­cuit project a few years ago and the state's tourism depart­ment was

given the task of con­nec­tion Jammu's Bud­dhist ruins i n t he tourism map. But the state gov­ern­ment had been in­dif­fer­ent to the project. The ASI too has been slug­gish in the mat­ter.

Deputy Di­rec­tor of Tourism, Jammu and Kash­mir, Za­hoor Ahmed re­cently said that had it not been for the ASI'S ant-pace progress, Jammu and Kash­mir could be­come a ma­jor Bud­dhist tourism des­ti­na­tion and the state could get a huge in­flow of tourists from South­east Asia, from coun­tries such as Ja­pan, where Bud­dhism hap­pens to be the dom­i­nant re­li­gion.

But the ASI has been trans­fer­ring blame on the vil­lagers dot­ting the site, say­ing that the lo­cals are loath to let­ting them ex­ca­vate the sites as that would re­quire them to re­lo­cate. The ASI says the po­lit­i­cal class is also not ready to take on the vil­lagers. If the po­lit­i­cal class had com­pen­sated the vil­lagers for their land and re­lo­cated them, ex­ca­va­tions could have been car­ried out, with likely mind­blow­ing dis­cov­er­ies, a top ASI of­fi­cial re­cently told this re­porter, while de­fend­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion from the al­le­ga­tions.

The Tourism Min­istry had in­cluded Jammu and Kash­mir in its na­tion­wide Bud­dhist cir­cuit project

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