Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal has criticised the government over a G20 booklet praising Mughal emperor Akbar, claiming it has a different face for “India that is Bharat”. The booklet, titled “Bharat: The Mother of Democracy”, discusses Akbar’s approach to governance, which he believed was based on universal peace and a harmonious society. It also mentions the establishment of the ‘Ibadat Khana (House of Worship)’ where wise men from different sects met and debated. The booklet also mentions that Akbar’s democratic thinking was unusual and ahead of its time. In Bharat, India, the people’s view in governance has been central to life since the earliest recorded history. Sibal criticized the government for focusing on one face for the world and another for “India that is Bharat”.
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