Deccan Chronicle

Repatriation of Stolen Art

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India has for long been fighting for its works of art that have been in foreign countries and the recent move by The National Gallery of Australia could be the start of a new era.

In the country’s history, from 1970 to 1977, almost 3000 antiques thefts were reported. UNESCO transported nearly 50,000 items out of India during the same decade. Between 2014 and 2020, India was able to recover 40 art artefacts, with another 75-80 on the way.

Most of the countries are citing numerous reasons to block the repatriation of these artefacts. But the underlying reason being unwillingness and fear of emptying their museums. However, in the past, many artefacts have been received back by India from Australia, UK, and the USA.

Artists believe that India’s cultural heritage must be preserved to protect the country’s artistic past and ensure a greater appreciation of the art world.

Read the full story that first appeared in Deccan Chronicle dated August 9, 2021 here:

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