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Tuesday, 2 January, 2001, 12:51 GMT
Indian history congress underway
The 61st annual congress of Indian historians has begun in the city of Calcutta.

At the opening ceremony the Nobel Laureate and economist, Amartya Sen, said that current fundamentalist trends in India threatened its secular traditions.

He said that Hindu epics such as Ramayana should not be treated as part of Indian history.

A BBC correspondent in the region says Mr Sen's comments are likely to provoke angry reaction from various Hindu groups.

Our correspondent says the controversial decision taken recently by a government minister to revise school curriculums - so as to include a more Hindu content - is likely to be raised and debated at the congress.

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