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Pakistan decries ‘Akhand Bharat’ mural in New Delhi parliament building

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Published: 11:26, 4 June 2023  
Pakistan decries ‘Akhand Bharat’ mural in New Delhi parliament building

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Pakistan has expressed grave concern over the installation of a mural in the new Indian parliament building by incorporating neighbouring countries depicting the “Akhanda Bharat” (unified Bharat).  

The spokesperson of Pakistan’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a statement that stated, “We have seen the reports about a mural installed at the new parliament building in New Delhi. The mural depicts the so-called ancient India, including areas that now constitute parts of Pakistan and other regional countries. 

“We are appalled by the statements made by some BJP politicians including a Union Minister, linking the mural with ‘Akhand Bharat’ (Unified greater India). The gratuitous assertion of ‘Akhand Bharat’ is a manifestation of a revisionist and expansionist mindset that seeks to subjugate the identity and culture of not only India’s neighboring countries but also its own religious minorities. 

“It is a matter of grave concern that the idea of Akhand Bharat is being increasingly peddled by individuals belonging to the ruling dispensation in India. The Indian politicians are well advised not to indulge in rhetoric against other countries merely to further their divisive and parochial political agenda. 

“Instead of nurturing hegemonic and expansionist ambitions, India should resolve disputes with its neighbors and work with them to build a peaceful and prosperous South Asia.”