Do you knoww Indira Gandhi had buried a time capsule in Red fort giving information on her family rule in India during emergency? It was preserved for 10,000 years. The next generation would have worshipped her as thiis could be the only evidence of her fair rule but …..
The Prime Minister’s Office (Feb 27, 2013) has claimed it has no records on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s much-publicised project — the time capsule, which carried various information and is said to have been buried in the Red Fort during Emergency.
Academician-writer Madhu Purnima Kishwar had sought the information about the ‘time capsule’ which was denied as the PMO claimed it has no records on the matter.
For the Indian viewers it is must to remember and always to keep in mind that Mrs. Indira Gandhi always wanted a place in Indian History to be remembered forever. What she did during being the Prime-Minister of India, she got prepared a time-capsule, in which she got written the history of her dynasty, she projected herself as ruler of India and placed it beneath 100 yards the ground for to be viewed by coming generations after 10,000 years. This ‘TIME-CAPSULE’ or ‘KAAL-PAATRA’ was dug out from earth after hue and cry of opposition parties. But look at the destiny, she wanted to be famous forever, and wanted to live forever even after her death.
Her wish got fulfilled, whenever the name of the attackers on Sikh shrine, The source of Sikhism HARMANDAR SAHIB or GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR in June 1984, her name will shall always appear in front with Abdali. Her name will always be remembered in Sikh history as invador.
She will always be cursed. She gave a slogan during emergency, “India is Indira and Indira is India. ” India is still there but where is Indira. India is ours and we are from India. It will remain ours. We will always share the path of progress but shall never share the dias with congress. It has betrayed with us many times, it always betrays, an untrustworthy party for Sikhs. The Sikh leaders should always keep this in mind and should choose other alternates in politics.
All the evidences on burial of this Time capsue are removed like the evidences against organizers and perpetraors of Sikh genocide 1984.
Madhu Poornima Kishwar ….
On 9.02.2012, I had filed an RTI application asking for the following information from the Central Public Information Commissioner (CPIO) in the Prime Minister’s Office:
The exact date and location at which a Time Capsule was buried by the former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi during the Emergency;
Detailed contents of the Time Capsule;
The name and official status of the person who decided what information, objects were to be assigned to the Time Capsule;
The official justification offered for creating such a Time Capsule.
The PMO gave the following response: “As per records, no such information is available. This has the approval of the competent authority”.
On 09.03.2002, I filed another RTI application addressed to the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Human Resource Development. The CPIO of HRD Ministry replied back saying, “Since the requested information does not fall within the jurisdiction of MHA, the application is, therefore, being transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Science and Technology.”
The Prime Minister’s Office repeated the earlier answer, “As per records no such information is available. This has the approval of the competent authority.”
The Ministry of Science and Technology also passed on the buck saying they do not have the information.
In addition I also filed an RTI with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting demanding the same information. I didn’t receive any reply from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Aggrieved by decision of the CPIO, I filed my first appeal on 14.04.2012. However, the First Appellant Authority in its reply on 03.03.2012 imperiously dismissed the RTI application saying, “An Information seeker under the Act can only seek information that is held in the records available with the public authority. You have been provided response by the CPIO, PMO based on inputs given by the office as per records held by the office. Therefore, no action is called for on your appeal, which is disposed of hereby.”
I then filed a second appeal on 1.08.2012under the RTI act with the Central Vigilance Commissioner. I received a reply from the Central Information Commission office on 30.1.2013 asking me to be present for a hearing on the case on 26.02.2013.
The Central Information Commissioner on 26.02.2013 issued the following order in my favour:
“….It is indeed very strange that there should be no information about this in the PMO or elsewhere in the government. During those days, the newspapers had very widely publicised this fact. It had been reported that the Time Capsule had been conceptualised by the then PMO and it had been buried in the Red Fort. If any of this report is right, then not only the PMO but also the Archaeological Survey of India should have some information about this matter.
The PMO should make a renewed search for any available records on this subject. If necessary, they can take up the matter with the National Archives and the ASI and find out if either of those have any reference or record on this. Even if this entire exercise takes some time, it would be worthwhile. Complete denial of any knowledge about the Time Capsule by all public authorities within the government including the PMO would be very hard for the public to accept.
We direct the CPIO of the PMO to revisit the subject and, after consulting its own office as well as other possible locations such as the National Archives and the ASI, write to the Appellant within 25 working days from the receipt of this order. If any record is traced on the subject anywhere in the government, the copies of the entire records must be made available to the Appellant including the file noting, if any. The appeal is disposed of accordingly.”
Following this I received another letter from the Prime Minister’s Office on 18.04.2013 saying that,
“No such information regarding the Time Capsule is available on PMO records. The matter had also been taken up with the National Archives of India which was conveyed vide its letter dated 20.03.2013 that as per preliminary search among the public records of the relevant period, the information sought is not available [Copy enclosed]. The ASI vide its letter dated 28.03.2013 has asked the CPIO of the Delhi Circle to provide the requisite information to you [Copy enclosed]. Further information in this regard will be conveyed upon receipt of fresh inputs from ASI.”
On 20.03.2013, I received the following reply from the National Archives of India:
“In this regard it may be conveyed that as per preliminary search among the public records of the relevant period transferred to this Department, information sought is not available here. It may also be important to mention that all the records in the custody of this Department are open and accessible to researchers under Public Records Act, 1993 and Public Records Rules, 1997.You are therefore most welcome to visit the Department to undertake any search among the records available here. All facilities as per rules shall be provided to facilitate your research work.”
On 13.05.2013, I received a letter from the Archaeological Survey of India saying that, “… the required information is not available in this office.”
It is bizarre that a Time Capsule buried by the Prime Minister’s Office at a premier national monument like Red Fort protected by the Archaeological Survey of India should vanish without leaving any trace whatsoever.