From big-game hunter to Gandhi peace prize winner

Bulu Imam at his home in Hazaribagh

The National, Apr 2 2012

HAZARIBAGH, JHARKHAND // Defending some of India’s oldest historical heritage has taken a tribal-rights campaigner on an unlikely course from big-game hunter to the winner of this year’s Gandhi Foundation international peace prize.

Known mostly for mining, corruption and a Maoist rebellion, the state of Jharkhand is also home to some of India’s oldest and richest archaeological sites.

In its Karanpura Valley are cave paintings dated between 9,000 and 5,000 BC, and hundreds of stone megaliths provide rare evidence that prehistoric inhabitants understood astronomy and mathematics.

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Here are some pictures of the cave paintings at Isco (click to enlarge):

 

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