Respect Our Heritage
The pride of a country resides in its glorious heritage. The noble deeds and valuable thoughts of our ancestors; our precious customs and traditions; literature; art and architecture and a variety of other cultural aspects, altogether form our heritage. This is the duty of every citizen to preserve this legacy. Besides our fundamental rights, there are 10 Fundamental duties in our constitution that the citizens of India are expected to perform. Among them the one is “to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture”.
Unfortunately, many people never seem to be serious towards their fundamental duties. Here the example of glorious historical buildings can be discussed. Our country has a good number of splendid historical buildings almost in every part. Many of them are under the patronage of government. These valued constructions are center of attraction for Indian and foreign tourists. Various such buildings contribute as the identity of our country.
We feel disheartened to notice that some rowdy people mark sleeveless writings or sketches on the walls of such precious buildings. This act not only disgraces the charm of such structure but put a spot of shame on the face of our culture. This ill practice is to be stopped. In my opinion there are two ways to prevent this act. First is to inculcate the awareness among the students towards their heritage since primary level of education. Second is to implement the laws strictly in order to protect the historical buildings against such sick practices. These structures must be kept under thorough observation. If someone is found guilty, he/she must be charged with heavy penalty on the spot.
Above all, this is our duty as well to educate the children in our families regarding the importance of our heritage.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma