If cultural heritage were a tool, what tool would it be?

Posted on September 22, 2008


Not this kind of tool.

A political tool, of course!

I found some comments by Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, timely in light of yesterday’s post on this blog.  He lamented at the ICOM conference on the use of cultural heritage as a platform for confrontation between communities and ideologies.

Hear, hear.

The five-day ICOM conference is taking place in New Delhi.  The theme is “Diversity in Heritage Conservation: Tradition, Innovation and Participation.”

Unfortunately, there’s nothing of interest on the conference website.

But you can read “Heritage becoming a platform for confrontation: Ansari” on The Hindu.  It’s a short article, but there are a couple of insightful thoughts from VP Ansari.