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Madras High Court urges the need for preservation of historical and cultural heritage

Lawstreet Journal 12 Jun 2021 4:14pm

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A division bench of the Madras High Court comprising of Justices R Mahadevan and PD Audikesavalu, observed that the richness of the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu must be preserved and passed on to the future generations with all its grandeur.

The 224-page order authored by Justice R Mahadevan starts with quotes from Albert Camus and Victor Hugo about culture and devotes a significant portion to describe the legacy of Tamil Nadu.   

"The younger generation hyping upon science and technological development needs to understand that many things claimed to be discovered and equated with scientific objective were said and laid down here before centuries in spiritual sphere", reads the prelude of the order.

“The entire state is strewn with great example of ancient Tamil architecture that goes as far back as two thousand years. Apart from the temples, the state is also home to several historical forts and other modern architectural marvels from its medieval heritage to colonial history. It comprises of the oldest inhabitants of the world, as it is the motherland to the world's oldest language, Tamil, in usage. The state has remained a cultural hub for various activities like debates, art, innovations, architecture, music and commerce from time immemorial. The culture, tradition and practices were connected with religious beliefs,” said the judgement.

The court highlighted the undeniable fact that these heritage and cultural assets are going into oblivion in recent times. It stated the upcoming generation does not know about the value of the same.

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