New Delhi, 18 November (IANS). Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said that the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is helping to bring back some valuable stolen goods to India.
The Union Culture Minister told IANS that this was possible because Prime Minister Modi has taken note of these aspects during his foreign tours.
Patel said that three bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Devi Sita, which were stolen from Tamil Nadu more than four decades ago in 1978, are being brought back from Britain.
These sculptures are associated with a temple built during the Vijayanagara period at Anandamangalam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. According to an investigation by the Tamil Nadu Police, these idols were stolen from the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu temple during the month of November in 1978. After a long time of four decades, these idols are now being brought back to India to be handed over to the state.
In this regard, Patel told IANS while circling previous governments, the rules were always there. We could always bring back the (stolen) heritage. The point is how agencies work and how efficiently the Ministry of External Affairs accomplishes this.
He explained the difference between the Modi era and the pre-Modi era, saying that since 2014, a total of 40 antiquities have been brought back from abroad. He said the number stood at 13 being disappointing. He also criticized previous governments for not doing a better job in this direction before Modi became Prime Minister.
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