This book is devoted mainly to the problems of the protection of India's cultural property through a broad-based museum movement and by means of legislative measures. It deals with the history of India's museum movement, its achievement and shortcomings and also suggests measures to steer it on an even keel. Also, the legislative measures in the country have been examined in the light of similar laws in various developed and developing countries and against the background of different Unesco Conventions and Recommendations. The book is divided into eleven chapters. Being the only book of its kind it focuses attention attention on several vital issues, involving protection of cultural property in India, and emphasizes the need for popular participation as the durable solution.
About the Author:
Mr. H. Sarkar is an archaeologist of repute and has substantial contribution to various fields of Indian archaeology, particularly Buddhist art and architecture, and protohistory, art and architecture of south India. Among his publications are Studies in early Buddhist Architecture of India (1966), Nagarjunakonda (third edition 1980), Amaravati (second edition 1980). He joined the Archaeological Survey of India in 1955 and served in various capacities in different parts of India and had been for some time director (antiquity). He was on deputation to the Secretariat of the XXVI International Congaress of Orientalists from 1964 to 1967 as the Assistant Editor. Mr. Sarkar’s association with museums dates back to 1961 when the island museum at Nagarjunakonda was being built to house antiquities, found in the large-scale excavation here before its submergence; in fact, he was intimately associated with the entire salvage operations, including the reconstitution of important monuments – a venture which was among the first in India.