NAMO can stop corruption – misuse of funds in Ministry of Culture ?
Now is the time for a new beginning. On behalf of The Dance India magazine, I congratulate the newly formed NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The NDA has won most of the seats in the recently concluded general elections and the newly formed government is in a seat of absolute power. As the popular saying goes, with power comes responsibility.
Prahlad Singh Patel, who has taken charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism has a Herculean task in front of him. Protecting and propagating Indian arts and culture has been a challenge for the former ministers and the art fraternity though let down in the past is hopeful of the new minister-designate to deliver on mandatory tasks in the interest of Indian arts. The welfare of the Artiste and Propagation of the Art Forms should take the front seat.
Critics from the art fraternity have been accusing autonomous bodies under the Ministry of Culture on various accounts of corruption – misuse of funds, misuse of power and extensive lobbying. Only time would tell, how effective the governance under the new leadership would pan out. The country looks forward to a rich cultural development laced in Indian roots, principles and Values.
BR Vikram Kumar