A scheme to Preserve Rich Heritage of MinorityCommunities of India under the Overall Concept of Indian Culture
1. Introduction :
1.1 Government of India believes in Unity in Diversity which is the basic tenet of Indian Culture. The Constitution of India grants equal rights and opportunities to all communities including minority communities of India to profess their religion and culture. Following the spirit of the Constitution, the Government of India is of firm conviction that there is a strong need to curate the rich heritage and culture of Minorities particularly miniscule minorities and supporting calligraphy and related crafts.
1.2 There are 6 (six) notified minorities in India which have been notified under National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. They are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. Going by Census data of 2001, Buddhists and Jains have small population i.e. less than a Crore. The Parsis are even less than a lakh, hence may fall under miniscule minority category.
1.3 There is a general lack of information among people about the rich cultural heritage of minority communities of India, particularly of Parsis, Christians, Buddhists etc. Good knowledge about culture and rich heritage of communities develops better understanding among masses and strengthens toleranceand social knitting.
1.4 Ministry of Minority Affairs has been mandated to look after all issues related with minorities except Law and Order as per Allocation of Business. Therefore going with the priority of the Government, Ministry of Minority Affairs intends to launch a new scheme “HamariDharohar” to preserve rich culture and heritage of minority communities of India.
2 2. Objectives:
2.1 To curate rich heritage of minorities under overall concept of Indian Culture.
2.2 Curating iconic exhibitions.
2.3 Preservation of literature/ documents etc.
2.4 Support and promotion ofcalligraphy etc.
2.5 Research and Development.
3. Activities to be covered under the scheme
3.1 Selective intervention for preservation of heritage and may cover following kinds of projects:
- Curating exhibitions including iconic exhibitions.
- Support and promotion of calligraphy etc.
- Preservation of literature, documents, manuscripts etc.
- Documentation of oral traditions and art forms.
- Support to ethnic museums (not supported under schemes of Ministry of Culture or its bodies) for showcasing and preserving heritage of minority communities.
- Support for organizing heritage related seminars/ workshops.
- Fellowship for research in preservation of heritage and development.
- Any other support to individual/ organization in furtherance of cause of protection and promotion of rich heritage of minority communities.