ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Political Economy of the Temple Treasure Trove

The Supreme Court's order to assess and document the artefacts of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is a move towards democratisation of knowledge of the treasure. Equally significant is the Court's appointment of an expert committee headed by the director-general of the National Museum for evolving measures to preserve them - a step suggestive of the tacit recognition of the people's right to see the treasure. With no choice left, the Government of India has to come to terms with its constitutional responsibility of preserving the treasure in a museum under the temple with the highest safety measures.

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