Ministry of Culture (Vishwamitra)

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Ministry of Culture
संस्कृति मंत्रालय
Ministry overview
Formed2 October 2015
Preceding ministry
Dissolved12 August 2023
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Vishwamitra

The Department of Culture (Hindi: संस्कृति मंत्रालय) is a former ministry and now a department in the government of Vishwamitra which was 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. Varuna Sriraya 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 was 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 Varuna Sriraya, while the final minister was Rafe Burfield who has been in office between 11 June 2022 and till the abolition of the ministry.

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.

In August 2023, the ministry was merged with several other ministries to form the Ministry of National Development and became a department under the ministry.

Departments

  • 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
  • Department of Museums, Monuments and Palaces
  • Department of Registration
  • Department of Patents

Organization

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

Two prime ministers - Varuna Sriraya 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.

Ministers

Key
  • MoS, I/C means Minister of State (Independent Charge)
No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of Culture
1 File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
MP for Maligaon
2 October
2015
6 December
2015
65 days Independent Tanishkaa I Tanishkaa Patranabish
2 Arnab Deka
(born 2002)
6 December
2015
11 April
2016
127 days Sarala II Sarala Baishya
3 File:Sarala Baishya (2).jpg Sarala Baishya
(born 2005)
11 April
2016
10 July
2016
90 days Children's Group Independent Party Varuna III Varuna Sriraya
(1) File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
10 July
2016
30 December
2016
276 days Children's Group Secular Party
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
Varuna IV
4 Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Friends Society Freedom Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
5 Anoushkaa Patranabish
(born 2010)
5 July
2017
23 July
2017
18 days Friends Society Secular Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
6 Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for West Gotanagar
23 July
2017
6 August
2017
14 days Friends Society Independent Party
Merged to form the Ministry of Human Resource Development (6 August – 7 September 2017)
(6) Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for West Gotanagar
7 September
2017
25 December
2017
109 days Friends Society Independent Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
(1) File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
(Prime Minister)
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
86 days Friends Societal Congress Varuna V Varuna Sriraya
7 Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Varuna VI
8 Saikat Seal
सैकत सील
(born 2006)
14 May
2018
12 October
2018
151 days Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Varuna Sriraya
(1) File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Varuna Sriraya
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
(President)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Varuna VII
(6) Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for West Gotanagar (until Mar'19)
MP for Post Office (from Mar'19)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
103 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
17 March
2019
20 April
2019
Tanishkaa V
Manoj Chetry
(born 2005)
(Additional charge)[a]
20 April
2019
5 May
2019
15 days
(6) Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for Post Office
5 May
2019
18 May
2019
13 days
Saikat Seal
(born 2006)
(Additional charge)[b]
18 May
2019
23 May
2019
5 days
(6) Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for Post Office
23 May
2019
3 June
2019
11 days
9 Bhargab Jyoti Medhi
(born 2001)
3 June
2019
16 July
2019
43 days
(8) Saikat Seal
(born 2006)
16 July
2019
17 August
2019
32 days
10 Sampriti Paul
(born 2004)
MP for Kahilipara

(MoS, I/C)
17 August
2019
1 September
2019
15 days
11 Nishwan Baidantic
(born 2001)
MP for Dhirenpara

(MoS, I/C until
29 September 2019)
2 September
2019
15 October
2019
43 days
12 Arpan Deka
(born 2007)
(MoS, I/C)
15 October
2019
16 November
2019
32 days
13 Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
MP for Bhaskarnagar

(MoS, I/C until
24 November 2019)
16 November
2019
9 December
2019
23 days
Minister of Culture and Media
(11) Nishwan Baidantic
(born 2001)
MP for Dhirenpara
9 December
2019
12 December
2019
3 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
(8) Saikat Seal
(born 2006)
12 December
2019
24 December
2019
12 days
Minister of Culture, Media and Social Services
(13) Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
MP for Bhaskarnagar
24 December
2019
3 January
2020
10 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of Culture
(13) Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
MP for Bhaskarnagar

(MoS, I/C from
3 March till 17 June 2020)
3 January
2020
3 March
2020
118 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
3 March
2020
22 March
2020
National People's Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
22 March
2020
30 April
2020
Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
35 days 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)
14 Prince Manoj Chetry
(born 2005)
Unelected
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
32 days National People's Congress Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
(13) Princess Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
MP for Chandrabans
6 March
2021
11 September
2021
189 days Ștefan II
15 Jayden Dagsa
(born 2008)
MP for Dadara

(MoS, I/C)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
16 Phillip Joseph Pillin
(born 1996)
Unelected

(Prime Minister)
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Pillin Phillip Joseph Pillin
(15) Jayden Dagsa
(born 2008)
MP for Dadara
22 November
2021
22 December
2021
30 days National People's Congress Hazarika II Farhaz Hazarika
17 Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
MP for National Capital Constituency
(until 26 Dec'2021)
Councillor for Purvanchal (from 1 Jan'2022)

(Senior Minister)
22 December
2021
3 January
2022
12 days
18 Thomas Bainbridge
(born 1994)
Councillor for Beltola
3 January
2022
17 March
2022
73 days
Minister of Education, Culture and Youth
19 Matthew Tonna
(born 2005)
MP for National List
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days National People's Congress Hazarika II Farhaz Hazarika
Minister of Culture
20 William Cooper
(born 2005)
MP for Dadara
12 May
2022
11 June
2022
30 days Independent Hazarika III Farhaz Hazarika
(13) Rafe Burfield
(born 2005)
MP for Chandril
11 June
2022
12 November
2022
1 year, 62 days
12 November
2022
12 August
2023
National People's Congress Hazarika IV
Ministry abolished to form the Ministry of National Development.

Ministers of State

No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
1 Anirban Phatowali
(born 2009)
MP for West Gotanagar
6 December
2015
11 April
2016
127 days Independent Sarala II Sarala Baishya
2 Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
11 April
2016
30 December
2016
263 days Children's Group Secular Party Varuna III Varuna Sriraya
3 Manoj Chetry
(born 2005)
11 April
2016
2 October
2016
174 days
4 Arnab Deka
(born 2002)
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
89 days
(2) Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
30 December
2016
12 April
2017
103 days Friends Society Independent Party Varuna IV
5 Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
Friends Society Secular Party
(3) Manoj Chetry
(born 2005)
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Friends Society Independent Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
(2) Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
5 July
2017
6 August
2017
32 days Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
Merged to form the Ministry of Human Resource Development (6 August – 7 September 2017)
6 Debika Deka Pator Sarma
(born 2007)
MP for Noonmati
7 September
2017
25 December
2017
109 days Friends Society Secular Party Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
7 Jemina Hazarika
(born 2006)
MP for Basistha Rural
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
86 days Friends Society Independent Party Varuna V Varuna Sriraya
(6) Debika Deka Pator Sarma
(born 2007)
MP for Noonmati
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Friends Society Secular Party Varuna VI
(2) Bishakha Das
(born 2013)
MP for Bhaskarnagar
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
69 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
(6) Debika Deka Pator Sarma
(born 2007)
MP for Noonmati
17 March
2019
16 July
2019
121 days Tanishkaa V
8 Kushal Saha
(born 2007)
16 July
2019
13 August
2019
28 days
(5) Arpan Deka
(born 2008)
13 August
2019
17 August
2019
4 days
9 Abhirup Patranabis
(born 2012)
29 September
2019
11 October
2019
12 days
10 Pallavi Rai
(born 2006)
MP for National List
11 October
2019
15 October
2019
4 days
11 General (Retd.)
Arturo Lara
(born 1998)
MP for Chandril
3 January
2022
9 February
2022
37 days National People's Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
12 Rey Jr. Mancio
(born 2007)
MP for Boragaon
9 February
2022
17 March
2022
36 days
12 May
2022
11 June
2022
30 days Independent Hazarika III
13 Suryadeva Kapei
(born 2008)
MP for Maligaon
12 November
2022
14 June
2023
214 days National People's Congress Farhaz IV
Ministry abolished to form the Ministry of National Development.

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.