The Mural: "Akhand Bharat, South Asia, or United India? The mural, 'Akhand Bharat,' (South Asia) showcases elemental kingdoms and cities from ancient India, highlighting the country's historical influence. It spans present-day Afghanistan to southeastern Asia, encompassing modern-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, and Myanmar. According to Adwaita Gadanayak, the Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Art, the mural aims to depict the influence of Indian thought during ancient times. The controversy revolves around the concept of 'Akhand Bharat' (South Asia) and its implications for the relationship between India and its neighbouring countries. What is 'South Asia,' 'United India,' or 'Akhand Bharat'? Akhand Bharat' refers to a united India or South Asia , envisioning a nation that includes present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, and Myanmar as one cohesive entity. This idea finds mentioned in ancient Bharatiya scriptures and has been advocated by prominent historical figures like Chanakya and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, among others. Do you support right-wing ideology, which associates with South Asia as a synonym for united India and 'Akhand Bharat'? Recently, the Indian government's decision to install a mural depicting the 'Akhand Bharat' (South Asia) concept in the new Parliament building has sparked controversy and heated discussions nationwide. Furthermore, the selection of the inauguration date, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a prominent figure in India's Hindu nationalist movement (known for his involvement in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi), has drawn criticism from several politicians.