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UNESCO finally recognises heritage crimes but shockingly ignores India!

United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural (UNESCO) has finally recognized that heritage crimes are no less severe than terrorist acts. This took a long time coming, but eventually the UNESCO has done the right thing.

It would only be sensible to assume that India would figure prominently in UNESCO’s list of those nations that’ve been victims of heritage crimes and cultural cleansing.

Hindus in India have been afflicted with unprecedented cultural and heritage crimes under centuries of Mughal rule and of other Islamic rulers.

Even during the last two decades or so, temples have been razed to the ground, primarily in Kashmir. This hasn’t ceased. Even today, temples and other historical sites connected with Hinduism are bulldozed or left to rot.

Hindu religious ceremonies are obstructed and sometimes cancelled altogether in states like West Bengal because of minority-appeasement. In Kerala, Hindus have to deal with similar violence and discrimination.

Despite all this, UNESCO has ignored cultural and heritage crimes that’ve taken place in India. This has been exposed by an Indian heritage activist working with the ‘India Pride Project’, Anuraag Saxena.He sent out a series of tweets on this matter.

He tweeted about the brochure released by UNESCO on the issue –

UNESCO acknowledges cultural cleansing, something that India has experienced for centuries –

The shocking ignorance to heritage crimes in India by UNESCO is evident inthe following tweet –

See how UNESCO almost exclusively concentrates on such crimes in Islamic countries –

The only temple that UNESCO recognizes to have been a victim of violence is in Sri Lanka –

Apparently, UNESCO only cares about heritage sites in Arab countries –

Do only Arab nations suffer from heritage and cultural crimes? Not India?

Even though temples and other Hindu sites in India have been at the receiving end of purposeful violence, UNESCO hasn’t recognized it.

UNESCO does prescribe a way to counter cultural attacks –


Vinayak Jain

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