Committee formed to popularise the legacy of Anangpal II
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – I – History
- The government has recently formed a committee to popularise the legacy of 11th-century Tomar king, Anangpal II.
- Aim: To establish Anangpal II as the founder of Delhi.
- Headed by: Brij Bhushan Singh, BJP MP from UP’s Gonda
- Its proposals include building a statue of Anangpal II at the Delhi airport and building a museum dedicated to his legacy in Delhi.
- There is also a proposal to make Lal Kot an ASI-protected monument.
Important value additions
- Anangpal II was popularly known as Anangpal Tomar.
- He belonged to the Tomar dynasty that ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana between the 8th and 12th centuries.
- He is credited to have established and populated Delhi during his reign in the 11th century.
- It was he who built Lal Kot fort and Anangtal Baoli.
- He was succeeded by his grandson Prithviraj Chauhan, who was defeated by the Ghurid forces in the Battle of Tarain (present-day Haryana) after which the Delhi Sultanate was established in 1192.