Bharath, with its thousands of years of history is a treasure trove of cultural, social, anecdotal and most importantly spiritual information. Due to extensive periods of colonization and subjugation, the history that is taught to us is written by invading victors and has been subject to vast distortions driven by political or ideological power struggles. However learning our true unbiased history is necessary for cultural confidence, increasing self-awareness and for strategic policy making.
The Chattrapati Shivaji museum of Indian history was founded in 2010 by renowned journalist and writer Francois Gautier. Many prominent well-wishers including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Dalai Lama extended generous help. It has been bringing alive various facets of true Bharatiya history though it’s various galleries and exhibits. The founding organization is FACT (Foundation for Advancement of Cultural Ties). FACT was formed by Francois Gautier using the prize money he receivedby winning the ‘Nachiketa’ award of excellence in journalism. FACT is committed to highlighting the magnificence of India and the threats to its sovereignty.
The museum works to ensure that our collections, exhibitions, research, publications and educational programs all support the Museum’s basic mission—to inspire a broader understanding of our great nation, its many people and the syncretic coexistence it embodies. Come visit us and enjoy the many exhibits that we have to offer. Plan a visit with your friends and family. Explore your unique heritage, discover some lost stories and feel proud about your historic achievements. We assure you that you will go back feeling happy and fulfilled.
Francois Gautier is a journalist and Indologist. He was South Asia correspondent for Le Figaro, one of France’s leading newspapers. He has written several books including ‘In defence of a billion Hindus’ (Har Anand, New Delhi 2018) and Hindu Power in the 21st century (Har Anand December 2019).
Francois and his wife Namrita are also building in Pune a Museum of Indian History dedicated to the great Shivaji Maharaj. It has now 16 Pavilions, each with a unique exhibition, a Bharat Mata temple, a library and a video room. They need our support for this difficult endeavour.