India to write its border history

In a first-of-its-kind project to make people aware of national borders and people living in the border regions, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given approval for initiating the writing the history of the country’s borders. Rajnath held a meeting with eminent personalities of Indian Council of Historical Research and officials of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Directorate General of Archives, Home, External Affairs and Defence Ministries here on Tuesday, an official statement said on Wednesday.

“It is proposed that the work will cover various aspects of borders including tracing its making, making and unmaking and shifting of borders, role of security forces, role of borderland people encompassing their ethnicity, culture and socio-economic aspects of their lives,” it said adding the project is expected to be completed within two years.

Rajnath said writing of history of Indian borders would provide a better understanding of the borders to the public in general and officials in particular, according to the statement. The Minister welcomed various suggestions and directed officials to consult experts on source material, broad contours, methodology and action plan required for completing this project expeditiously. India shares border with Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.