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75% of our stolen heritage has been returned during the last seven years of Government: G Kishan Reddy

Key Highlights:

 Relentless efforts by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led to  retrieval of these antiquities from abroad: Sh G Kishan Reddy

-A total of 54 antiquities have been retrieved from foreign countries till date since 1976

 Since 2014, India has repatriated 41 heritage objects back to India

–  MEA, ASI, CBI among others have also greatly contributed towards this endeavour

Newdelhi:5/8/21:The Minister of Culture, Tourism and the Development of North-eastern Region (DoNER) Shri G. Kishan Reddy in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, provided the information that a total of 54 antiquities have been retrieved from foreign countries till date since 1976.

Giving more details later, Shri G Kishan Reddy said “It is a matter of pride that we have been able to retrieve many of our stolen heritage objects from abroad”. The number of antiquities recovered in the last seven years is the highest ever, he revealed. Since 2014, India has repatriated 41 heritage objects back to India which is more than 75% of the total objects returned.

The Minister also credited Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, whose relentless efforts led to the retrieval of these antiquities from abroad. “I believe that the recent success is because of our continuously improving cultural relations that was made possible due to the warm personal relations that our Prime Minister shares with various heads of states and hence their expeditious return was made possible”, he added.

Sri Kishan Reddy lauded the tireless efforts of various government agencies like ASI, CBI among others in this endeavour. The Union Minister stated  “The preservation and protection of the Indian artefacts and cultural heritage are an integral component of India’s foreign policy. Hence bringing back and the returning of these historical objects is a process to restore India’s pride and an active step to appreciate and acknowledge the historical past of our country. We are working closely with the Ministry of External Affairs to expedite the process and the necessary paperwork required for the immediate return”, Reddy added.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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