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What are the components of heritage?


Question: The general perception of heritage in India is biased towards historical monuments, artifacts and scriptures. Analyze the reasons for such a perception and suggest a broad framework of scope of what heritage should constitute with reasons.

Answer direction
1. Meaning of Heritage
2. What has been the perception of heritage it comprises
(a) Historical monuments
(b) Paintings
(c) Sculpture
(d) Scriptures
(e) Artifacts
3. Reasons for such a perception
(a) British rule & its effect
(b) Similarity of perception carried on towards similarity in history culture & heritage
(c) Apathy and disguised understanding towards nature
(d) Repetitiveness of Image and close identification, Heritage image repetition through exhibition
(e) Scholarly and academic work specialization
(f) Abysmal state of disciplines of natural sciences
(g) Perception intensification through festive moments
4. Framework for what constitutes heritage – The word has several different senses, including:
(a) Natural heritage, an inheritance of flora and fauna, geology, landscape and landforms, and other natural resources
-Crystal wealth
-Various geological formations.
-Various types of physiographic differences and diversities
-Climate
-The natural vegetation includes variety of species, preferring a specific ecological niche and some endemic species.
-Indian wildlife
5. Indian Human variations as Heritage
6. Cultural heritage, the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that is man-made heritage includes monuments, artifacts, sculptures, paintings and their theme, literature, and various other entertainment forms
7. Food heritage
8. Industrial heritage, monuments from industrial culture
9. Virtual Heritage, work dealing with cultural heritage
10. Inheritance of physical goods after the death of an individual; of the physical or non-physical things inherited
11. Heredity, biological inheritance of physical characteristics, and birthright, something inherited due to the place, time, or circumstances of someone’s birth
12. Kinship, the relationship between entities that share a genealogical origin, and
13. Thinking attributes such as patience, affection tolerance which has permeated in the people through its cultural milieu and upbringing.

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Questions, suggestions and comments


  1. Profile photo of K Siddhartha K Siddhartha

    PLEASE SEE THE VISUAL DISCUSSION OF THE QUESTIONS TO GET YOUR ANSWER TOMORROW EVENING.

  2. Profile photo of Srishty Arun Srishty Arun

    But, what about UNESCO World Heritage sites? While we have 27 cultural heritage sites, there are only 7 natural ones. What is the role of UNESCO in promoting preservation of more natural and mixed sites?

    1. Profile photo of K Siddhartha K Siddhartha

      UNESCO HAS A ROLE, BUT THAT LIES OUTSIDE THE AMBIT OF THE QUESTION.
      YOURS IS A DIFFERENT CONTEXT.

  3. Profile photo of Er S Er S

    Sir what is the difference between heritage and culture. Which term encompasses the other?

    1. Profile photo of K Siddhartha K Siddhartha

      Heritage encompasses Culture,
      Culture is a way of life, Heritage is your inheritance for preservation to be passed on to next generation.
      Heritage is anything that is the natural, cultural, anthropological endowment that is unique, exceptional, extraordinary, and niche with no comparison.

      1. Profile photo of Er S Er S

        Awesome. Thank you Sir.

  4. Profile photo of Kriti Sharma Kriti Sharma

    how heritage can be viewed depends on our perception…its nt written anywhere…thank u sir

  5. Profile photo of Dhaniya Hori Dhaniya Hori

    Please explain what is meant by : ” (b) Similarity of perception carried on towards similarity in history culture & heritage”

    1. Profile photo of Srishty Arun Srishty Arun

      +1 Sir, please do explain the same.

      1. Profile photo of K Siddhartha K Siddhartha

        See the answer discussion tomorrow,

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