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Heritage has been perceived as a knowledge realm where all disciplines including politics, administration, archaeology, conservation, architecture, environment, planning, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, economy, law and even a "common man" is an integral part as a stakeholder and has a say.


The book looks at the heritage quantum that is legally protected in India. It understands how legal frameworks for the protection of built heritage are provided across the globe. It reviews the AMASR Act of 1958 to what it is articulated to protect. Lists and understands the variations in the corresponding State Acts for protection. It overviews, in brief, the other Acts through which protection is extended to the heritage of India and concludes giving insights into the reality and expectations from the AMASR Act of 1958.


The book is based on research that finally proved that the AMASR Act of 1958 is not a problem as it completely serves the purpose for which it is made. Our expectations from the law have drastically changed and how many amendments are made to the existing law will have its own limitations.

Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Built Heritage in India

SKU: 24
  • Vishakha Kawathekar
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