Ministry of Culture has initiated Project “Mausam” which is to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies.
Prime Objectives of the Project:
- This initiative is to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, in Indian Ocean– extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago.
- In addition it also envisages research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes through international scientific seminars to encourage the production of specialized works, as well as publications for the general public.
This Scheme is different from China’s ambitious One belt One Road (Silk Road Initiative). The move focuses on monsoon patterns, cultural context, maritime trade routes and coastal landscapes and examines key processes and phenomena that link different countries along the Indian Ocean.
Silk Road Initiative:
This initiative is focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Europe and Asia landmass.
- It was launched at 38th Session of World Heritage Committee meeting which was held at Doha, Qatar in June, 2014.
- Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in collaboration with State Govt. of Kerala organized a National Conference on Project ‘Mausam’ in Kochi in November, 2014.