New Indian Express
By Anil Kumar Published: 16th April 2016 05:35 AM
HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which are trying to resurrect the rich Buddhist heritage sites in their respective states to attract tourists from across the world, are now in a new sort of quarrel over sharing precious relics that belong to the Buddhist era.
The claim of the two states to the historical objects that were found at Buddhist heritage sites seems to have hit a roadblock while distributing the artefacts between the sibling states even though two years have passed since the division of the united state.
Both the states are staking a claim to some precious artefacts and antiquities, particularly those belonging to the Buddhist era.
For example, the Telangana archaeology & museums department wants its AP counterpart to hand over the rare artefacts found at prime Buddhist centres like Nalgonda and Karimnagar, which had been shifted in the past to different museums in AP, to Telangana.
Similarly, AP Archaeology department officials want historical objects belonging to the Buddhist period that were found in places in Andhra, which are now in Hyderabad, to be given back to the reorganised state.
Interestingly, the chief ministers of AP and Telangana, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao respectively, are banking on the Buddha to woo investors from East Asian countries. As Buddhism had flourished in the Telugu land during the period of Mauryan empire and the mighty Satavahana regime, the governments of the two states have recently begun exploring the glorious past of Buddhism. Continue reading