People must preserve rich legacy of Delhi: Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said that it is the obligation of the people to preserve, protect, study and document the rich legacy of Delhi.

Releasing a book on "Monuments of Delhi" here, Dr. Singh said: It is rightly said that the city of Delhi is a living museum. We have the obligation to preserve the rich legacy of one of the great cities of the world."

"Delhi is rapidly transforming into a modern metropolis and the skyline is constantly undergoing change. But we should not forget that Delhi is among the most historic cities in the world," he added

He further said that the Ministry of Culture is working on top priority to revitalize the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) so that it becomes an institution of excellence that can manage our historical treasures in a professional and truly imaginative manner.

"I think there should be more efforts such as the publication of 'Monuments of Delhi' that stimulate public interest in our ancient monuments and in the work of the ASI as well," he added.

He said out of 174 monuments that are maintained by the ASI in Delhi, this book focuses on 46 monuments that are located within the 'core area' of the Commonwealth Games.

He said the book is essentially a visual journey through the streets, lanes and alleys of Delhi made possible by imaginative juxtaposition of the most recent photographs in colour and delicate black and white prints from ASI's own archives.

"It may be worth mentioning here that other than the ASI, the Ministry of Culture has also encouraged, supported and funded its various other organizations as well, to spruce up their premises and organize special exhibitions, performances, film shows and other events, to showcase the plurality and richness of our ancient heritage," he added.

"The text is based on a dependable account by India's one of the most well known archaeologists, Dr. Y.D. Sharma. It has been adapted to the requirement of all the visitors of today without any compromise on its authenticity," he said. (ANI)

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