World Heritage Week

This has reference to the news item’ World Heritage Week concludes'(DE, Nov 27, 2019).It is heartening to read that the World Heritage Week ,organised by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), circle Srinagar, at Sheesh Mahal, Ramnagar, concluded with a colourful programme by the local students.World Heritage Week is celebrated every year to lay emphasis on the conservation and preservation of our heritage and culture.There is no doubt that our state is rich in terms of forts, palaces and temples built by our great and wise kings of the yore.These pricelesss monuments speak volumes about the cultural,social and religious conditions prevailing at the time during which they were built.The exquisite masonary, design and fine craftsmanship of the artists can be appreciated only if we pay a visit to these monuments.These monuments have a beauty and grandeur of their own, which can’t be explained in words. But many of such monuments are lying in a neglected state and are crying for attention.So there is need to create awareness among the people about the need to appreciate, conserve and preserve such priceless monuments bequethed to us in the form of rich heritage by our ancestors.There can be no better way to do this than by involving the students, youth and the community at large to play their vital role and supplementing the government’s efforts for protecting these monuments from being crumbled or succumbing to the vagaries of weather and strong hammer of time. It can be done by inviting renowned historians, archaelogists,writers, academicians, heritage lovers and students of University, college and school level to the sites having historical and archaelogical importance to enable them to have a ‘on the spot’ view of these monuments and appreciate the masonary, architecture ,structure, construction, workmanship and times of construction of these valuable monuments.The experts, writers, academicians and ardent heritage lovers can share their knowledge and experience with the students and foster in them the love for these monuments and curiosity to conduct research on these sites and come up with new information and facts. The students who are the real beneficiaries from such visits can act as the best ambassadors for spreading the message regarding the need to conserve these valuable heritage sites which no amount of money can buy.In other words, Such ‘small’ programmes can achieve ‘big’results if organised properly from time to time at these sites.
Ashok Sharma,
Housing Colony