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.
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.
- Thefts and illegal trade in the international market
- Pollution: for instance, Tajmahal is affected by acid rain
- Lack of sufficient awareness in new generation about Indian art and heritage as visiting museums and monument is not sufficiently promoted
- Disasters like floods and cyclones and torrential rainfall in monsoons
- Unrestricted development near them
- Spoiling activities by unconcerned citizens particularly the young generation
Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment:
- 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.
- It highlights the concept of ‘unity in diversity by showcasing the harmonious co-existence of different cultures and traditions
- 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
- In this era of rampant industrialisation, the art and cultural heritage can show the way towards a symbiotic relationship between development and environment conservation.
- They have been a source of income for various communities, in particular, various tribal communities.
- They are also the source of soft power which assumes significance for a country like India with a large diaspora spread across the world.
- The government has been making effects for its preservation with shames like ‘Adopt a Heritage’, ‘Monument Mitra’, tribal heats etc.
- The public-Private partnership seems to be the way forward.
- 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,