India has a long and unique history with a rich cultural heritage, but in the modern race for progress it can be difficult to conserve the past. The country boasts 38 recognised UNESCO world heritage sites with many more under consideration, ranging from natural wonders like the Himalayan National Park, to the cultural treasures such as the Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal, and the Historic City of Ahmedabad. These sites are treated with respect and pride by India, but many intersect with conflicting demands of tourism, religion, and everyday living.
How can India preserve its heritage while pursuing a ‘smart-city’ agenda? Who holds the responsibility for maintaining and preserving these sites? How does heritage status affect the local individuals and communities?
Dr Kiran Shinde (Planning, La Trobe University)
Professor Utpal Sharma (Dean and Director at the Institute of Architecture and Planning at NIRMA University, India)
Dr Anita Smith (Archaeology and History, La Trobe University)
Chair: Dr Bec Strating (La Trobe Asia)
A La Trobe Asia event as part of the Australia India Institute’s 'India Week'.