Protecting heritage

With reference to “Who owns antiquity?” (Magazine, March 15), the fact is that many Indian sculptures and artefacts still occupy a pride of place in Western Museums. Is the Indian Government ready to pay a heavy price (as happened in the case of Gandhiji’s memorabilia) to bring those back as well? It is practically not possible. But the government can do its bit by taking the necessary steps to stop illegal smuggling of antiques of national and historical importance, improving the condition of museums in India and protecting archaeological sites from undue damage.

Tarun Girdhar

Chandigarh

The article will spur a lot of thinking in this regard apart from bringing about awareness. It is a sad thing to note that many Indian sculptures and valuable pieces of architecture having abundant historical value are in the museums of western countries. These articles are of crucial importance from the point of view of the study of the history of India. Museums in India can be made more valuable and relevant if they contain such rare pieces of Indian architecture and articles of historical significance. The ministry of culture must apply some thought on this matter and adopt a policy that can support the idea. Financing the acquisition and management of antiquities must be given adequate importance in India.

Dr.K.K. Ammannaya

Udupi

A different guru

The article on Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was quite interesting. The Sadhguru is a different spiritual leader in the sense that he adopts a different path to make people think sensibly and free them from their imaginary woes to lead a peaceful life. His awakening of people from all over the world to the constructive possibilities which can avoid struggles and tragedies the common man encounters is an unique contribution to society at large.

V.S. Ganeshan

Bangalore

Free your PC

The article “Technological nirvana” (March 15), about the software activist Richard Stallman, presents the different ethical issues in the world of software. I was glad when I came to know that he travelled across the slums in Bangalore to spread his simple ideology; promoting use of free software. It is certain that a philosopher like Stallman would inspire millions of software engineers and common folk to challenge the existing rules framed by software giants.

G. Alan

Madurai