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Restoring Basilica of Bom Jesus, and the Role of Archaeological Survey of India

The Archaeological Survey of India's role in the protection of the 16th century Basilica of Bom Jesus monument in old Goa has come under attack. The rector of the basilica, in an open letter recently, has accused the ASI of “utter apathy” in restoring the structure. This has prompted the Goan government to swing into action by appointing a committee to overlook the restoration of the monument. What is of importance in this case is that the monument is still used as a church by the local community. Religious heritage buildings that are still in use by the community call for a different kind of restoration measures. The ASI needs to take the local stakeholders into confidence, and allow their participation in the protection of monuments.

Reclaiming Goan Identity Through the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier

On 3 December, lakhs of tourists and devotees will gather to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis Xavier in Goa. Are those who congregate present solely to witness a religious event, or does the fact that the event occurs at a historic location—much of which is in ruins—symbolise something deeper?
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