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ICHR drags its feet on volumes on freedom struggle martyrs (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains paper I and II)

The collections cover individuals across regions, castes and communities, with details on how they were killed.  
The last two volumes of a comprehensive, five-volume dictionary on around 15,000 freedom fighters who became martyrs during the struggle for Independence are yet to see the light of day though work on them has been completed.

Allegation on ICHR:
This has led to speculation that the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) could be sitting on them. The Council has, however, denied the allegations and insisted that the work is in process.
It is alleged that ICHR under influence of government is deliberately preventing release of the volumes because “The list showcases up to 30 per cent of the martyrs happen to be Muslim,” said a former ICHR official, requesting anonymity.

Background:
Funded by the Ministry of Culture, the project has been carried forward from the UPA government. Three volumes of the compendium were published between 2011 and 2014.
The collections cover individuals across regions, castes and communities, with authenticated details on how they were killed and precise references to related official documents.



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