231 stolen antiques brought back to India in 9 years: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh going around different pavilions during his visit to the first-ever 3-day International Museum Expo 2023 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 20 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that 231 stolen antiques had been brought back to India in the last 9 years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over. This is in contrast to the fact that till 2014, for almost 70 years since independence, just about 13 invaluable heritage antiques of Indian origin were brought back from abroad by the previous Governments, he said.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that a total of 231 were brought back after 2014 with the number now going up to 244 antiques. The process of bringing more of such antiquities from other countries is continuing on fast track, he added.
During his visit to the first-ever 3-day International Museum Expo 2023 inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi at Pragati Maidan here, Dr Jitendra Singh, while going around the different pavilions at the Expo, told the media persons that in the last 9 years under PM Modi, several unique new initiatives had been undertaken, one of which was setting up of Science Museums across the country and a beginning had been made by setting up Science Museums in Aspirational Districts.
Through the Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Minister said, we have already set up museums in the Aspirational district of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh which was inaugurated a few months back. Other places where such museums have already become functional or soon going to become functional are Wayanad in Kerala, Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Nuh in Haryana, Dholpur in Rajasthan, Raichur in Karnataka and Kalyani in West Bengal, he added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that these museums among other things display the traditional knowledge as well as the success stories of the last few years like the first ever Covid vaccine success story from India, the display of the immune system related to prevention of diseases through vaccines and even includes science quiz corners.
The Union Minister also took a walkthrough of Techno Mela, Conservation Lab and the Exhibitions showcased on the occasion.”Prime Minister Modi has accorded high priority to conserving our heritage and creating a new legacy,” he said, during the visit.
During the visit, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Museum Expo is designed to initiate a holistic conversation on Museums to enable them to evolve as cultural centres that play a pivotal role in India’s cultural diplomacy, in a year where India holds the G-20 Presidency.
The Minister visited the Exhibition of Star Objects That includes 75 curated objects from 25+ museums & institutions across India curated by Gauri Krishnan Parimoo, Chief Curator. He also visited the Exhibition of 500 book covers on books related to Museums, Museology & Conservation and Ragamala paintings.
The Minister also visited the Conservation Lab that showcases the art and science of preventive and curative conservation approaches in India across material genres.