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Shanti Niketan: Journey from an unknown town to becoming a world heritage site

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Shanti Niketan has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. For this, Shanti Niketan covered a long distance.

Shanti Niketan was included in the World Heritage List in the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The name of Shanti Niketan, situated in Birbhum district, famous as ‘Land of Red Soil’ in West Bengal, is not unknown in the country and the world. It was made famous by Visva-Bharati University established by poet Guru Rabindranath Tagore.

Shanti Niketan literally means the abode of peace i.e. the place where there is peace. However, in recent years, due to the controversy over Visva Bharati University, the city has been in the news for wrong reasons contrary to its name. This city was also the center of conflict between the central and state governments.

This post originally appeared on www.bbc.com

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