Art & culture are inseparable aspects of human life and the country’s live wires.
Our country is Bhaarat (not India), we are all Bhaarateeya. Compared to all other nations in the world our National flag with the motto of “Sathyam-Samathvam-Swathanthryam” flies a loft withstanding all sorts of onslaughts and the latest being onslaught of a Corona pandemic. We will come out of it soon on the strength of our art and culture and long deep-rooted heritage.
I have tweeted and sent an open letter earlier requesting you to announce a new economic policy in the outbreak of the pandemic. Representing all artistes and cultural activists in our Bhaarat my humble request to PM & FM is to consider some priority to art & culture like the ancient rulers of Bhaarat have done.
Specifically, I want to humbly request your government to consider certain privileges and perks to the Padma Awardees many whom are not economically sound, in spite of being national assets.
Please give them at least a monthly pension to maintain themselves after active life pursuing their respective art forms. As you may probably realize the majority of such artists are self individual employees with no social security or come under provident funds and kind of pension schemes. some artists/artisans may not even have Life Insurance, but they are civil awardees and the nation’s pride.
Hoping for a new down of the bright sun on the horizon in pursuit of preserving, popularising & propagating the great artistic heritage of Bhaarat Mata.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.