Bengaluru: Former Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy has demanded that the Centre must reconstitute the 16-member expert committee set up to study the country’s culture for the past 12,000 years.

Expressing his strong reservation on Wednesday, HDK said that the committee t does not have South Indians who know the Dravidian culture.

In a series of tweets, the former Karnataka chief minister also said the panel did not include any woman members.

One of his tweets read “The Centre has constituted a 16-member expert committee to study Indian culture for the past 12,000 years. It is very unfortunate that the expert committee does not have any Kannadigas or South Indians who know the Dravidian culture; The committee does not even have a woman member”.

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Asking if it is possible to conduct a fair and unbiased study of Karnataka’s culture and heritage without having a Kannadiga representative in the committee, he asked, how can it be thought of studying the history and culture of the entire country by keeping South Indians out.

The tweet was made after Kumaraswamy had recently come out against Hindi imposition and discrimination against the people of other languages, especially from the south.