TOPIC: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times ; Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
2)Discuss critically the role played by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in preserving India’s art and architecture. Examine whether Apni Dharohar scheme should be extended to all World Heritage sites in India?(250 words)
Why this question
The first part of the question demands us to critically analyze the role of ASI in maintaining and preserving the monuments of historical significance in India. Here the hits and misses of the role of ASI is to be brought out along with our own view on the significance and efficacy of ASI’s role. In the second part, we have to examine apni dharohar scheme, the discoloration of Taj Mahal and whether entrusting private parties with upkeep of world heritage site makes more sense.
Discuss critically – The role of ASI has to be discussed. Since critically is suffixed, we need to provide our stand based on balanced arguments on how successfully ASI has played it’s mandated role.
Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Mention in brief about ASI, SC’s observation on the role of ASI which has brought this topic in news.
- Discuss the role and functions of ASI
- Discuss how successful ASI has been in fulfilling those roles and functions. Provide your view here
- Explain apni dharohar scheme
- Examine whether the upkeep of UNESCO world Heritage sites should be entrusted to private players in view of Taj experience. Provide both pros and cons of taking such a step.
Conclusion – Highlight the importance of preserving our heritage and the summary of your view on how it should be preserved based in your arguments above.