Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History (CSMMIH) is a private historical museum founded by François Gautier in 2012 under the banner of his not-for-profit organization, the Foundation For Advancement of Cultural Ties (FACT). The first phase the museum was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar and endorsed by Ajit Pawar and Nitin Gadkari. In addition to various exhibits the museum also has a freely accessible digital library on their website that has hundreds of books on Indian history and culture.
The first FACT exhibition dealt with the ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Hindus, four hundred thousand of them having become refuges in their own country. After this exhibition was shown successfully in Delhi’s Habitat Centre, Mumbai and Bangalore, it was displayed in Poland, Germany, Israel, England, Holland in 2007. Furthermore, it was brought to the US Congress in July 2008, leading to a bipartisan resolution on the Human Rights of the Kashmiri Pandits in the US Congress . Another exhibition on the persecution of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists in Bangladesh was inaugurated in Mumbai on 18th November 2006 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. A path-breaking project on “Aurangzeb as he was according to his own firmans“ was then shown in Delhi’s Habitat Centre and was inaugurated by L.K. Advani and Dr Karan Sigh. This was followed by numerous other exhibitions, on Maharana Pratap, Ahilyabai, Dara Shikoh, etc (see timeline attached), which are now permanently housed in the Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History, Pune. These exhibitions have been curated by Prof. V.S. Bhatnagar, former Professor, Department of History, University of Rajasthan and former Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The exhibitions, separately titled “Aurangzeb, as he was according to Mughal records” and “Dara Shikoh, the forgotten prince of Islam”, are based on Akhbarats, original edicts in Persian issued by Aurangzeb, preserved at the Bikaner Museum, Rajasthan and other Historical texts. The Shivaji Maharaj exhibition was inaugurated in Mumbai in 2008 by Sri Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & Shri Narendra Modi, then CM Gujarat.
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