Rejuvenating India’s Cultural Heritage a Holistic Approach by Modi Govt
In a recent episode of the program “Spotlight”, a captivating discussion took place on the rejuvenation of India’s cultural heritage under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The conversation shed light on the significant investments and initiatives taken by the government over the past nine years to revive and celebrate the nation’s rich cultural legacy.
The discussion started by highlighting the government’s emphasis on reconstructing the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and museumizing important sites. Political analyst Shekhar Iyer, the expert guest, joined the conversation to share insights and commend the government’s transformative approach.
Iyer acknowledged the significant changes that have occurred in the preservation and promotion of India’s cultural heritage during the last five years. He cited remarkable examples, such as the development of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, which provides a direct view from the Ganges to the revered shrine. He also mentioned the ongoing construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, set to be completed by October, and the redevelopment of Kedarnath Dham and Ujjain Mahakal Temple corridor.
The discussion then shifted to the government’s efforts in commemorating stalwarts of India’s independence movement. The Statue of Unity, a tribute to Sardar Patel, has garnered immense attention, attracting visitors from across the globe to appreciate his contribution. Iyer also highlighted the installation of statues of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, as well as the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Museum, which showcases the lives and legacies of all the prime ministers.
The conversation further explored the government’s focus on intangible aspects of heritage, including education in mother tongues and traditional languages like Sanskrit. The New Education Policy, along with the establishment of knowledge databases and the digitization of ancient manuscripts, aims to strengthen cultural values and ensure the preservation of India’s traditional customs and knowledge systems.
Iyer stressed the government’s commitment to showcasing Indian culture, which has resulted in the return of over 200 stolen statues to India since 2014, a significant increase compared to previous years. This achievement reflects the government’s determination to reclaim and preserve lost parts of India’s heritage.
As India continues to cherish and rejuvenate its cultural heritage, the government’s endeavors under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi demonstrate a concerted effort to preserve the nation’s vibrant past for present and future generations to embrace.
The full discussion can be heard at: https://youtu.be/vyhmulhMRyo