Editorial Simplified : 17th June

Editorial Simplified : 17th Day of June 2016

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The Hindu

Editorial : Cracking down on idol-looters


The thriving trade in illicitly procured temple idol’s in India was exposed again with arrest of a Chennai based businessman. The editorial examines the situation and suggests the steps required to curb the smuggling.

Important points

  • Deenadayalan a Chennai based businessman was arrested recently by Tamil Nadu Police.
  • A large number of stone idols, metal idols and paintings were seized from him.
  • The businessman ran five art galleries used for storage and smuggling. The meticulously organised shadowy business hints at deep and vast network of idol thieves.
  • The trade of idols has an expected presence across all states of the country with the alleged kingpin Subhash Kapoor in jail since 2011.

India became a signatory of UNESCO convention on preventing illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property. Under this convention no culturally significant object could be removed from India under any circumstances.


  • Although the enforcement action and public awareness of idol smuggling have expanded but it is a very recent development.
  • There is an urgent need to stop the loss to Indian culture caused by outflow of idols.
  • Prevention requires building up man-power and surveillance capabilities.
  • Inter-agency and international co-operation need to be increased as well.

Editorial : Views to watch


India recently rejected Google’s proposal to launch Street View Service in India. The editorial goes through the situation.

Objections against Street view launch

  • The Defense Ministry has raised objections against Street view launch.
  • It is alleged that for the attack on Pathankot air base terrorists used Google map.
  • The street view goes a step further than maps and displays panoramic views of public spaces, hence is considered unsafe.
  • India has meanwhile hinted that its refusal is not final and the issue will be resolved only after Geospatial Bill comes into force.

Street view status in other Countries

  • India isn’t the only country troubled by Street view.
  • USA, Japan, Germany and other nations were also sceptic on Street View.
  • But eventually viable solutions in all these countries were found. For instance in Germany people were given an option to blurt their buildings and in US street view cameras were told to keep away from military establishments.
  • Street view is now available in all these countries.

Usefulness of Street view

  • Street view is titled to be very useful in enhancing tourism.
  • The Google representatives have also spoken of its usefulness in Disaster management.

Concluding  Remarks

All things considered it might not be in India’s best interests to keep this technology out for long.

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