The Ministry of Culture has decided to take up an impossible mission which is to locate the grave of the prince of Mughal prince Dara Shikoh(1615-59). It is believed that he was buried somewhere at the Humayun's Tomb complex in Delhi.
For this, a seven-member panel of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was set up by the Ministry of Culture.
The panel will be head by T J Alone, Director-Monument at ASI and comprises R S Bisht, Sayeed Jamal Hassan, K N Dikshit, B R Mani, KK Muhammed, Satish Chandra, and BM Pandey who are senior archaeologists. The panel was given three months to find out the grave.
"For the findings to be conclusive, the three-month time can be extended. The panel will use architectural evidence from that time, and also written history and any other information that can be used as evidence," Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said.
Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Shah Jahan was believed to be killed after he lost the war of succession against his brother Aurangzeb. Dara was often described as a liberal Muslim who found many commonalities between the Hindu and Islamic traditions. He even translated Bhagavad Gita and 52 Upanishads into Persian.
"Dara Shikoh realised the greatness of the Upanishads and translated them, which were earlier known only to a few upper caste Hindus. Translations from that Persian translation have inspired a lot of free thinkers of today, even inspiring the likes of former United States President Barack Obama," panel member Muhammed said.
"Let us hope, even as we can't open any tomb, that it works out. It's a step in the right direction. It should have been done earlier," he added.