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Antiquities and Art Treasuries Act must be revised so as to make trading in Indian art more institutionalized. Do you agree? Comment.

Topic: Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. Antiquities and Art Treasuries Act must be revised so as to make trading in Indian art more institutionalized. Do you agree? Comment.(250 words)

Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

Why this question:

The question is based upon the importance of Antiquities and Art Treasuries Act in preserving the art and culture of the country.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss the need for ensuring an institutionalized framework for the protection of the art and culture of the country.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Explain what are antiquities and art treasures.

Body:

An art treasure is a human work of art, other than an antiquity, declared to be a treasure by the Centre for its artistic value after the artist’s death.

According to the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972, an “antiquity” is an article or object that is at least 100 years old. These illustrate the science, art, crafts or customs or religion or literature of a bygone age, or anything of historical interest.

Discuss the key features of the Act.

Explain the lacunas in the present form of the Act.

Highlight the Proposed Amendment to Antiquities Act, 1972.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.