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Whose fort is it anyway?

No matter who decides to adopt it, the Red Fort needs to be restored — to the people. Subsequent acts over the past decades in the name of conservation have reduced the historic value of the fort.

Private firm still to firm up plans, ASI moves in to restore Red Fort

Even though the MoU with the Dalmia Bharat group was signed more than a month ago, nothing has taken off so far on ground. As per the MoU, the group promised to provide drinking water kiosks, benches and signages in six months’ time.

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Kanheri caves: An ancient tale left untold

Kanheri, credited with the largest number of cave excavations on a single hill, is a ticketed monument protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Recreating lost history: Archaeologist maps 235 cannons of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s era

A dossier prepared by archaeological researcher Sachin Joshi could give the ASI a much-needed shot in the arm. The dossier has mapped 235 cannons from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s era.

The unmaking of history

From the beginning, the ICHR has been beholden to the political and historical beliefs of whoever was in power. This aspect of its leadership has not changed.

From Nataraja to Yogini Vrishanana, 13 antiques India did bring back

In contrast, 131 major antique items have been stolen in the last 20 years. In the 29 months from January 2013 to May 2015, there have been 13 thefts, with nine taking place in Karnataka alone.

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Police seal Khirki Masjid after ‘unauthorised’ entry

A letter written by the Archaeological Survey of India to Delhi Police, “some people from a particular community” had “forcefully entered” the Khirki Masjid and “unauthorisedly offered prayers”.

Archaeological Survey of India discovers smuggled Indian antiques in Singapore museum

Artefacts procured from an art gallery run by notorious art smuggler Subhash Kapoor in the US, include idols dating back to the 10th century.

In Modi’s Vadnagar, ASI searches for Hiuen Tsang’s lost monasteries

The Chinese traveller kept a journal of his travels between 627 AD and 643 AD, a large part of which were in India.

Stolen ‘parrot lady’ sculpture surfaces in Canada

The ‘parrot lady’ is a sculpture of a naayika or heroine seen at several medieval temples in central and southern India.

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