The famed Nagarjunakonda, a Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh has been included in the Archaeological Survey of India’s list of 86 “Must See” outstanding Indian monuments and archaeological sites on its portal, but there is none from Telangana. The international fame earned by Hyderabad Tourism for its historical buildings like Charminar, Golconda Fort, Makkah Masjid and Salarjung Museum is in danger. There are many historical buildings which are the pride of Hyderabad. Foreign tourists are attracted to see these buildings.
No Hyderabad Listed By Archaeological Survey of India
ASI received petitions from historians and others from Telangana demanding inclusion of Telangana monuments. An ASI official said the list was prepared in New Delhi. “ASI looks into various aspects including the importance of a monument or archaeological site, conservation and maintenance before selecting it. Telangana monuments like Charminar, Golconda and Qutb Shahi tombs may not fit into this aspect,” he said.
Of the 29 states and seven Union territories in the country, monuments and archaeological sites from only 17 states figure in the “Must See” list. Karnataka takes the lion’s share with 25 of its monuments listed followed by Assam at 18 and Uttar Pradesh nine. The draft list included 45 monuments and archaeological sites that were increased to 86.
The states that do not figure are Telangana, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Tripura. ASI, under the Ministry of Culture, had decided to create an online portal for outstanding monuments and archaeological sites, under the protection of the ASI including those that feature on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Govt. of Telangana is making lofty claims to promote Telangana tourism but its silence on this issue is incomprehensible. The Dept. of Archeology of Telangana State said that this list has been prepared by the officials of the Dept. of Archeological Survey of India in New Delhi. If the Govt. of Telangana invites the attention of Central Govt. for the inclusion of historical places of the State, tourism in Telangana could be promoted.
Conclusion: Finally, It clearly shows that the Archaeological Survey of India Fails to List Telangana Monuments. We can also be called it as no Hyderabad Listed By Archaeological Survey of India.