Model Question and Answers for APSC | Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.

Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.

Model Question and Answers for APSC |  Safeguarding	the	Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.

Ans: Recently, the United States recently returned a staggering haul of 248 Indian antiquities, worth an estimated $150 million, to India, the largest single repatriation of artworks smuggled out from the country.

Threats:

  1. Thefts and illegal trade in the international market
  2. Pollution: for instance, Tajmahal is affected by acid rain
  3. Lack of sufficient awareness in new generation about Indian art and heritage as visiting museums and monument is not sufficiently promoted
  4. Disasters like floods and cyclones and torrential rainfall in monsoons
  5. Unrestricted development near them
  6. Spoiling activities by unconcerned citizens particularly the young generation

 

Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment:

  1. It gives the people a sense of Manuscripts and monuments have been relied on to understand the political, economic and social aspects of earlier times.
  2. It highlights the concept of ‘unity in diversity by showcasing the harmonious co-existence of different cultures and traditions
  3. It is seen as a symbol of national identity. For instance, the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath was adopted as the official Invoking national symbols can also instil a sense of oneness, as was done during the freedom struggle
  4. In this era of rampant industrialisation, the art and cultural heritage can show the way towards a symbiotic relationship between development and environment conservation.
  5. They have been a source of income for various communities, in particular, various tribal communities.
  6. They are also the source of soft power which assumes significance for a country like India with a large diaspora spread across the world.

Way Forward:

  1. The government has been making effects for its preservation with shames like ‘Adopt a Heritage’, ‘Monument Mitra’, tribal heats etc.
  2. The public-Private partnership seems to be the way forward.
  3. In addition to these a behavioural change also needs to be fraught so that citizens can appreciate the true value of Indian art, culture and heritage,