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Analyse the different risks that cultural heritage structures and monuments face in our country. What measures can be implemented to safeguard our cultural heritage?

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Analyse the different risks that cultural heritage structures and monuments face in our country. What measures can be implemented to safeguard our cultural heritage? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The article highlights the issue of damage to heritage sites in India due to neglect and human activities.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the reasons as to why heritage is under threat and the need to safeguard India’s art heritage and the steps that need to be taken for the same.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Explain about what all is included in India’s art heritage – paintings, sculpture, monuments etc

Body:

First, highlight that preserving our heritage is enshrined as a fundamental duty

Next, Examine the threats to art heritage such as Lack of public awareness -This makes the local administrator break the buildings and replace it with other structures, Duplication of paintings and art forms, Theft, Vandalism and Smuggling etc. Discuss why it is crucial to safeguard such heritage such as maintaining identity and pride of our country, tourism etc

Next, Discuss the way forward such as – Strengthening institutions – Ministry of Culture, ASI, Museums, Archives, Cultural awareness programs etc

Conclusion:

Summarize on why this issue requires attention and what needs to be done.