Our Heritage, Our Pride
Heritage is a unique and sacred legacy from our past that we preserve in different forms. It’s something we live with today and wish to pass into our future generation. Most of us consider the monuments, famous art pieces the only sources of heritage, but this thinking limits us, our heritage is the record of our lives, our beginnings. It’s a whole conserved chapter of irreplaceable inspiration and creativity. We also carry our heritage inside us.
With the drastic changes in our society, we are leaving our heritage behind us, we are leaving behind our source of origin. Until and unless we realise how important this culture, this heritage is for us we can never give shape to a better tomorrow. It’s just like if we don’t realize the importance of roots we can never never raise a strong tree.
Our past plays an essential and important role in the formation of our future.
It should not only be one day that we pay respect to our heritage, we should always remember and respect our past, our heritage.
-Khushi Sharma XII B
Heritage means what we inherit from our ancestors and from our past. Our heritage comprises: the tangible – our historical sites, buildings, monuments, objects in museum artefacts and archives. The intangible – our customs, sports, music, dance, folklore, crafts, skills, and knowledge. India is a diverse country with countless cultures with each and every one being appreciated and celebrated. Each ethnic group in our country has its own tale of origin and its set of unique traditions and culture. Cultural tourism and activity holidays on our natural landscapes and countryside continue to grow, outperforming all other tourism sectors. At present, India has 38 world heritage sites with Ajanta caves, Great Himalayan national park, Rani ki vav, western ghats are a few to name. Heritage has helped us shape our identities and is a big part of what we are now. It aids in the examination of our culture and values, as well as the development of self-awareness. Heritage is also an integral part of our history that influences our politics, civilization, industry, and worldview.
The term “heritage” refers to something that has been passed on over the generations. It’s an artistic representation of past human life that tells us about the traditions, beliefs, and success stories of our ancestors. India is a diverse country and is home to people of various castes, faiths, and ethnicities. Each ethnic group has its own story to tell as well as its own collection of customs and culture. Throughout India, there are numerous beautiful geological structures. From the man-made formations like the beautiful forts belonging to the ancient kings, the alluring caves, to the natural beauty of India comprising the auspicious rivers and natural parks, the magic of Indian heritage can be found anywhere you go across India. At present, India holds around 38 World Heritage Sites marked by UNESCO. And of course, how can we not mention our magnificent literature. We have the Vedic literature, Sanskrit literature and Pali literature among other kinds of Indian literature. Hence, it is important for the current generation to preserve India’s vast heritage so that future generations can embrace it and be proud of having been born here
Class XII B
OUR HERITAGE: OUR IDENTITY
India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic diversity and rich cultural heritage. The country’s rich heritage is a mesmerising confluence of cultures, customs, traditions, religions, ethnicities, practices, art, architecture, landscapes, flora and fauna.
A heritage is a jewel of a country and our fundamental duty as enshrined in the constitution is to protect and preserve the rich heritage of our country and protect our jewel from losing its value. Just as the growth of a plant depends upon the roots,considering that roots are underlying the ground and are not directly visible,despite this, it is one of the most significant factors for its growth.Similarly, a country’s core strength depends upon its heritage and culture. India’s heritage has manifold dimensions and layers that have still not been completely unearthed and understood. It is the responsibility of the nation and its citizens to ensure this ‘inherited’ treasure is preserved, conserved and protected and propagated to the next generation in its original form.
Hence, other than revenue,tourism and economic aspects of our heritage sites,the preservation of our heritage is important to commemorate the significant events, celebrating centenaries of great artists and most importantly to develop ways by which basic cultural and aesthetic values and perceptions remain active and dynamic among the people of India..
Efforts by- Nasmita Yadav
WORLD HERITAGE DAY
(By- Riti Gupta XII A )
“A person without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots.” Heritage provides clues to our past and how our society has evolved. It helps us examine our history and traditions and enables us develop awareness about ourselves. World Heritage Day is observed every year on April 18 to preserve the human heritage. This day is celebrated to maintain the legacy and save the rich heritage which has been given to us by our ancestors.
“Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation” very well quoted by Nelson Mandela. Culture and its heritage reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations, thereby defining a people’s national identity. Indian heritage is very unique in the world because of the presence of the diversity in many religions, castes, creed, race and ethnicity across India. The multi-layered cultural heritage diversity in India is simply a reflection of how complex, rich and old India’s history is. India has 38 sites as Cultural-30, Natural-7 and Mixed-1 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
India’s centuries old heritage is now being documented slowly and finally getting the recognition it rightly deserves.
The elders should take responsibility to invoke love for the Indian heritage in the younger generations. Schools must teach students about Indian heritage and how it has survived for centuries. This would help in invoking a feeling of pride in them and they would be inspired to continue the tradition and also pass it on to the new generation. This needs a collective effort by the teachers as well as parents. Perhaps the most important way to celebrate World Heritage Day is to search out those locations near you that count as World Heritage Sites, and pay them a visit. You could post a photo of one of the best international sites you have visited or one that is on your bucket list, and then ask your followers to reply with their choice. This is a great way of getting everyone involved and raising awareness about this date!
As an Indian, we are blessed with a beautiful heritage. We are solely responsible to preserve the same so that our future generations also get to see and experience the same.