A series of structures or areas deemed to be of national importance are termed as national monuments are this conserved. India’s rich legacy of art, architecture ideas and ideals has been built up over many thousands of years but today how many of us pause to appreciate our common cultural inheritance? Our cultural tradition is widely praised in distant foreign lands. It offers humanity a beacon of hope from its dangerous course of rampant freed and aggressive rivalry. India has a rich heritage which includes a repository of archaeological treasures and incredible monuments. This cultural heritage civilisation. Every community and society has a very precious heritage which has to be transferred to the next generation.
We Indians fail to value the heritage and scribbling on the walls of monuments are the clear sign of detoriation of our heritage. When we do go around the visiting our ancient monuments, we scratch our names on timeless, relies and leave behind trails of plastic and litter. How can we teach our next generation to appreciate culture and heritage if we ourselves are callous? Indian cultural legacy is threatened from many quarters. The writing on the crumbling walls is clear wherever we look.
Heritage monuments not only help defines the greatness of our culture, but also helps us appreciating Indians dynamics. New Delhi alone has more than 1200 historic monuments, including three UNESCO world heritage monuments, the spectacular old fort in Delhi is a historic lace related to pandavs, has exclusive legacy of art and architecture , beautified with a short river, is also nowadays degraded due to scribbling on amazing architecture. We just can’t answer the question that why do people scribble on the beautiful art destroying the look of monuments? Lovers are not the only ones seeking immortality with ingenious sketches, even there are perverts too. Morbid loners even stencil their mobile number on the sites of Delhi.
We Indians are conscious of our heritage only in bits and pieces and we don’t grasp the logic that we have to maintain the monuments and must not scribble or litter around. Perhaps, lack of awareness and perception makes us like the proverbial blind men examining an elephant. Laws and government authority are meant to sustain our heritage. But the laws couldn’t be forced on the people. The public themselves have to understand the important their heritage. Defacement of any property or even trees is a cognizable offence and one can file complaint with the police. As per the ANCIENT MONUMENTS SITES AND REMAINS (AMASR) ACT 2010,” whoever destroys, removes, injuries, defaces or imperils a protected monument shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three months or fine which may be extended to 5000 or with more. Even the `WARNINGS’ are splattered but who cares? The ASI (Archaeological Society of India) in its manifest has also outlined the many ways to protect the built heritage of India. Talking of the protected monuments, it would be better to have more awareness among people and make them understand the importance of the monuments. People of India are also made understand the importance of monuments through the advertisement of ‘ATITHI DEVO BHAVH’and ‘SWAACH BHARAT ABHYAN’
We just need to understand the importance and need of protection of Indian history.