After Yoga, the next thing that the Modi government could take to global attention is the famous Kumbh festival. The mass Hindu pilgrimage could soon be nominated by the Indian government for inscription on the global Intangible Cultural Heritage list by Unesco. The first move has already been made.
A formal written proposal has been made by a trustee of the Trimbakeshwar Devatsthan Trust and submitted to the Union ministry of culture.
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma confirmed to ET that he is closely examining the proposal to take it ahead.
"We have received a formal proposal in written and request from some groups to nominate the Kumbh Mela as Intangible Cultural Heritage under Unesco. Kumbh is something exclusive and unique to our country and definitely worth considering. The proposal is under examination by the culture ministry which will now consider issues like which category to nominate it under and other finer points necessary to take it ahead," Sharma told ET.