‘Need to preserve cultural legacy for future generations’


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 3, 2017, 1:03 AM; last updated: Jun 3, 2017, 1:03 AM (IST)

Leena Nair, secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (first from right), at the Partition Museum in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Neha Walia

Tribune News service

Amritsar, June 2

The secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Leena Nair, visited the Partition Museum during her brief tour of Amritsar today. Impressed by the heritage memorabilia housed inside the museum and the concept of having a live gallery in a heritage building, Nair said the Government of India was planning to begin more heritage development and preservation works across different states.
Nair is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. Earlier, she was serving as secretary in Ministry of Women and Child Development. She began her tour by visiting Golden Temple. Later, she visited the Jallianwala Bagh museum.
“These museums house our cultural history and heritage. It is important to develop them as learning centres for generations to come,” she said. She also visited the gallery of Sikh artifacts at Golden Temple and Gobindgarh Fort, besides the Wagah border later.
Nair said heritage project development in the country would help boost cultural tourism. “We are under process to develop more such museum spaces in country, especially in historically significant cities,” she said.
The Partition Museum is one of the most ambitious projects of Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. It is the first museum dedicated to the memory of India-Pakistan Partition. Apart from photographs and documentary remnants of the Partition, it also houses live galleries. The work is in progress to include more memorabilia.

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