Not Only Conservation But Also Respecting Our Cultural Heritage Is The Need Of Hour
Post on 16,April 2017   4:00 AM
By - PolyEyes Staff
views 260
Bookmark and Share

It is a fundamental duty as per the Article 51A (f) of Indian constitution i.e. to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture.

Also it is an integral part of state and union list:

Union List

Ancient and historical monuments and records, and archaeological sites and remains, declared by or under law made by Parliament to be of national importance.

State List

Libraries, museums and other similar institutions controlled or financed by the State; ancient and historical monuments and records other than those declared by or under law made by Parliament to be of national importance.

Ministry of Culture has suggested amendments to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendments and Validation) Act, 2010 which will give legal powers to Central government pertaining to any modifications and new construction in protected heritage sites.

What is cultural heritage?

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either Intangible or Tangible Cultural Heritage.

Cultural Heritage can be distinguished in: 

Built Environment (Buildings, Townscapes, Archaeological remains)

Natural Environment (Rural landscapes, Coasts and shorelines, Agricultural heritage)

Artefacts (Books & Documents, Objects, Pictures)

Significance of heritage: 

  • Built heritage is a significant public good and is recognized by our constitution.
  • It nurtures our collective memories of places and constituent in the identity of particular city.
  • As part of human activity Cultural Heritage produces tangible representations of the value systems, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles.
  •  As an essential part of culture as a whole, Cultural Heritage, contains these visible and tangible traces form antiquity to the recent past.
  • It has invaluable potential to contribute to our knowledge of not just history and the arts, but also science and technology.
  • Several buildings and sites throughout the country, even entire areas or parts of historic cities, are examples of sustainable development.
  • Knowledge gained from such resources can provide constructive ways to address development challenges.

Conflicts arising from legalizing the amendment:

 If the 2016 bill is cleared by Parliament, such construction could happen in the immediate vicinity of protected properties of national importance and as we know historic structures and archaeological remains are most susceptible to heavy vibrations, chemical effects or mechanical stresses in this zone. It will degrade the environment and these sites remain prone to damage.

Giving legal powers to the Central government with respect to new construction in protected sites will suppress existing bodies like the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and National Monuments’ Authority (NMA) Proposals in the note, there are some proposals that seem to be unviable:

  • Construction of elevated road nearby Akbar’s tomb this would visually obliterate the historical structure: Traffic movement and automobile fumes would scar an elaborately painted gateway.
  • Rani-Ki-Vav in Patan, Gujarat is slated to be the site for a railway track: Cranes and piles operating in the vicinity will cause excessive vibrations.

Conclusion: Conservation of heritage should be seen as a priority to human need and development and therefore should be kept aloof undamaged. A survey and proper analysis of the sites is very important as the cultural heritage cannot be reconstructed once it is damaged, government as well as citizens should take the responsibility of safeguarding these exclusive heritage with rich history. Simply using these sites as bait for tourists is unethical and lead to unauthorized uncontrolled exploitation. Physical planning and urban development can keep heritage value aside.



Comments ( 0 )
Add a comment
Your name: *
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Related Articles

Prelims Online Test Series
UPSC 2017 Prelims Test Series Registration Link

JPSC 2017-18 PRELIMS Test Series

Most Recent Comments

sir,your prediction about cut off for general(85-95) is on the basis of 9000 results or more than that.further there is 35% horizontal reservation to women.please clarify

by Pushkar Verma
Surprisingly individual friendly site. Great info available on couple of gos to.
by Binary Option Trading Systems

sir please do reply on the above comment.also tell about the expected date for main exam

by Pushkar Verma

Sir ,

Due to�previous records of jpsc ....can u tell there were any possibilities that jpsc conduct 

7th jpsc as on 12 nov 2017....can  we prepare for it

by Ridhima

Yes gear up , early starters alwaz has edge.

by Help Desk PolyEyes

Proud to be a Bihari

by S K Rai

i have scored 91 as per the answer keys ,any chance for mains genral category

by Karunendra

sir ,

i am scoring 90 according to bpsc answer key.i belong to gen category . i have challenged 5 questions(LPG,KING KHARWELA,UNFCCC,PARTICULATE MATTER,AND SEAT OF AN MP).please tell me whether i should focus on mains.this is because upsc pre is scheduled on 18 june and currently facing dilemma regarding allocation of time.please reply as it will be helpful during last hours of preparation

by Pushkar Verma
Get RSS Feeds
  • All Stories
  • Recently Published Stories
  • Most Viewed Stories
  • Just In Photos
  • Most Viewed Photos