Astonishing news that an expert committee has been formed to study origin of Indian culture to since 12000 years before!!.
Harappan Civilization is generally believed to be 6000 years old.
Eager to see how this committee traces out "Indian culture" from the Neolithic age.
Former Supreme Court judge also part of the expert committee on a mission to study the origin of Indian culture from 12000 years before.
Interested to hear what the author of "Early Indians" @tjoseph0010 feels about this development

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Summarising some areas of concerns on #EIADraft2020.
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The SC has repeatedly said that post facto EC is impermissible.

livelaw.in/environment/ex…
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Replugging a piece to clear the air on that.

livelaw.in/columns/ayodhy…
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