Ministry of Culture (Vishwamitra)

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Ministry of Culture
संस्कृति मंत्रालय
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
Central overview
Formed2 October 2015
Jurisdiction Vishwamitra
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Culture (Hindi: संस्कृति मंत्रालय) is a ministry in the government of Vishwamitra which is responsible for the promotion, protection and dissemination of culture, historical heritage, art, books, reading and literary creation and also for organizing various culture related activities.

The Ministry of Culture was formed on 2 October 2015 by then Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish after dissolving the Ministry of Education. Dhrubajyoti Roy was appointed as the first Minister of Culture and remained in office until 30 December 2016. The Ministry became a part of the combined ministry formed in June 2020 as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports but soon became independent again in January 2021.

The Ministry of Culture is headed by the Minister of Culture who is a cabinet rank minister, however often a minister of state with independent charge had served as the minister of culture. The first minister was Dhrubajyoti Roy, while the current minister is Rafe Burfield who has been in office since 11 June 2022.

History

The Ministry of Culture was formed on 2 October 2015 consequent to the abolition of the Ministry of Education by then prime minister Tanishkaa Patranabish. The ministry was merged into the Ministry of Human Resource Development which was formed on 6 August 2017 along with the ministries of Sports and Youth Affairs, Skill Development, Social Justice and Public Affairs and the Department of Literacy. However, not long after the formation, the Ministry of Culture was re-created as an independent ministry of the government on 8 September 2017.

In June 2020, the Ministry of Culture was again re-organized alongside the Ministries of Human Resource Development, and Sports and Youth Affairs to form the Ministry of Human Resource, Sports and Culture. The three ministries again became independent in January 2021 and since then has been in its current form.

Departments

The Ministry of Culture has the following departments which were created by the Gazette Notification issued on 10 June 2022.

  • Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Department of National Heritage
  • Department of Arts
  • Department of Hindi and Other Languages Promotion
  • Department of Promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage
  • Crystal Jubilee Celebration Committee

Ministers

Minister of Culture
संस्कृति मंत्री
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
Ministry of Culture
StyleThe Most Honourable
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation2 October 2015; 7 years ago
First holderDhrubajyoti Roy

The Ministry of Culture is headed by the Minister of Culture who is either a cabinet rank minister or a minister of state with independent charge. They are responsible for the formulation of various activities, tasks, laws under the ministry's jurisdication. Cabinet ministers of culture are often assisted by a junior minister, or a Minister of State for Culture.

The current Minister of Culture is Rafe Burfield who has been in office since 11 June 2022.

Two prime ministers - Dhrubajyoti Roy and Phillip Joseph Pillin held the portfolio of Culture during their tenure. Three ministers - Princess Bishakha, Nishwan Baidantic, and Jayden Dagsa served as ministers both with cabinet rank and with the rank of a minister of state with independent charge; of whom Princess Bishakha has served as cabinet minister, minister of state with independent charge, and minister of state in the ministry.

Cabinet ministers

Key
  • MoS, I/c means Minister of State (Independent charge)
Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Ministers of Culture (2 October 2015 – 9 December 2019)
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
2 October
2015
6 December
2015
65 days Independent Tanishkaa I Tanishkaa Patranabish
Arnab Deka in 2017.jpg Arnab Deka
अर्नब देका
(born 2002)
6 December
2015
11 April
2016
127 days Sarala II Sarala Baishya
Sarala Baishya (2).jpg Sarala Baishya
सरला वैश्य
(born 2005)
11 April
2016
10 July
2016
90 days Independent Party Dhrubajyoti III Dhrubajyoti Roy
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
10 July
2016
30 December
2016
276 days Secular Party
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
Dhrubajyoti IV
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Freedom Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
5 July
2017
23 July
2017
18 days Secular Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
Anirban Phatowali - Official Photo - Crop1.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
23 July
2017
6 August
2017
14 days Independent Party
Merged to form the Ministry of Human Resource Development (6 August – 7 September 2017)
Anirban Phatowali - Official Photo - Crop1.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
7 September
2017
25 December
2017
109 days Independent Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
86 days Congress Dhrubajyoti V Dhrubajyoti Roy
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Dhrubajyoti VI
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(President)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Dhrubajyoti VII
Anirban Phatowali - Official Photo - Crop1.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
103 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
17 March
2019
20 April
2019
Tanishkaa V
Manoj Chetry.PNG Manoj Chetry
मनोज छेत्री
(born 2005)
(Additional charge)[a]
20 April
2019
5 May
2019
15 days
Anirban Phatowali - Official Photo - Crop1.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
5 May
2019
18 May
2019
13 days
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
(Additional charge)[b]
18 May
2019
23 May
2019
5 days
Anirban Phatowali - Official Photo - Crop1.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
23 May
2019
3 June
2019
11 days
Man without face.svg Bhargab Jyoti Medhi
भार्गब ज्योति मेधी
(born 2001)
3 June
2019
16 July
2019
43 days
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
16 July
2019
17 August
2019
32 days
Woman without face.svg Sampriti Paul
संप्रीति पॉल
(born 2004)
(MoS, I/c)
17 August
2019
1 September
2019
15 days
Man without face.svg Nishwan Baidantic
निश्वान बैदांतिक
(born 2001)
(MoS, I/c until
29 September 2019)
2 September
2019
15 October
2019
43 days
Man without face.svg Arpan Deka
अर्पण डेका
(born 2007)
(MoS, I/c)
15 October
2019
16 November
2019
32 days
Portrait of Princess Bishakha (cropped).jpg Bishakha Das
बिशाखा दास
(born 2013)
(MoS, I/c until
24 November 2019)
16 November
2019
9 December
2019
23 days
Ministers of Culture and Media (9 December – 24 December 2019)
Man without face.svg Nishwan Baidantic
निश्वान बैदांतिक
(born 2001)
9 December
2019
12 December
2019
3 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Saikat-Seal.PNG Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
12 December
2019
24 December
2019
12 days
Ministers of Culture, Media and Social Services (24 December 2019 – 3 January 2020)
Portrait of Princess Bishakha (cropped).jpg Bishakha Das
बिशाखा दास
(born 2013)
24 December
2019
3 January
2020
10 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Ministers of Culture (3 January 2020 – 17 March 2022)
Portrait of Princess Bishakha (cropped).jpg Bishakha Das
बिशाखा दास
(born 2013)
3 January
2020
3 March
2020
118 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
3 March
2020
22 March
2020
Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
Position vacant (1 May – 13 May 2020)
Portrait of Princess Bishakha (cropped).jpg Bishakha Das
बिशाखा दास
(born 2013)
(MoS, I/c)
3 March
2020
7 June
2020
108 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
Anoushkaa II Princess Anoushkaa
Merged to form the Ministry of Human Resource, Culture and Youth Affairs (17 June 2020 – 28 January 2021)
Manoj Chetry.PNG Prince Manoj
युवराज मनोज
(born 2005)
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
32 days Congress Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Position vacant (1 March – 6 March 2021)
Portrait of Princess Bishakha (cropped).jpg Princess Bishakha
राजकुमारी बिशाखा
(born 2013)
6 March
2021
11 September
2021
189 days Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Portrait of Jayden Dagsa, 2019.jpg Jayden Dagsa
1st Duke of Karad

जायदेन डगसा
(born 2008)
(MoS, I/c)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
Portrait of Phillip Joseph Pillin.png Phillip Joseph Pillin
1st Count of Youngstown

फिलिप जोसेफ पिलिन
(born 1996)
(Prime Minister)
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Pillin Phillip Joseph Pillin
Portrait of Jayden Dagsa, 2019.jpg Jayden Dagsa
1st Duke of Karad

जायदेन डगसा
(born 2008)
(resigned)
22 November
2021
22 December
2021
30 days Congress Hazarika II Farhaz Hazarika
Portait michal (3).jpg Michal Nowacki
1st Duke of Stettin

मीकल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
(Additional charge)[c]
22 December
2021
3 January
2022
12 days
Thomas Bainbridge Bubble (Elysium).png Thomas Bainbridge
1st Baron Bainbridge

थॉमस बैनब्रिज
(born 1994)
3 January
2022
17 March
2022
73 days
Ministers of Education, Culture and Youth (17 March – 12 May 2022)
Man without face.svg Matthew Tonna
1st Baron Tonna

मैथ्यू टोना
(born 2005)
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days Congress Hazarika II Farhaz Hazarika
Ministers of Culture (12 May 2022 – present)
Portrait of William Cooper (2021).png William Cooper
1st Baron Cooper of Ottawa

विलियम कूपर
(born 2005)
12 May
2022
11 June
2022
30 days Independent Hazarika III Farhaz Hazarika
Burfield-August 2022.jpg Rafe Burfield
1st Baron Burfield of Somerset

राफे बरफ़ील्ड
(born 2005)
11 June
2022
Incumbent 158 days

See also

References

  1. Manoj Chetry, Minister of Regional and State Affairs was allocated the portfolios of Culture and Information and Broadcasting between 20 April and 5 May 2019 during the period of absence of leave of Anirban Phatowali.
  2. Saikat Seal, Minister of Planning, Nature and Environment Conservation was allocated the portfolios of Culture and Information and Broadcasting between 18 May and 23 May 2019 during the period of absence of leave of Anirban Phatowali.
  3. Deputy Prime Minister Michal Nowacki was assigned the portfolios of Culture, and Information and Broadcasting held by Jayden Dagsa following the resignation of Jayden Dagsa on 22 December 2021.