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The Navratnas


Old Masters Nabratnas 1Old Masters Nabratnas 2The Indira Gandhi government declared the nine artists above as Navratnas and deemed their works of art “national treasures” through a legislation passed in 1972.The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act specified that from the date of enactment of the law, the works of these artists — some of whom were active in the Indian independence movement as well — were not to be taken out of the country. Most of the works of these artists today are displayed at government-run art galleries in India while around 3,000 others are in private hands. Because of this legislation, very few of the works of art created by the Navaratnas — only those that had been bought by foreigners before the enactment of the law — could be displayed at galleries or put up for bidding at auctions abroad. This is why names such as Rabindranath Tagore and Nandlal Bose have not got the kind of exposure, particularly over the past three decades, that a Hussain or Mehta commands today. This also meant that while the best works of the younger generation of artists began to command their price in crores, the works of the Navaratnas — the few that have been traded or bid for — sold at a fraction of that. Read more of this post

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Indian Philanthropy


wealthymatters.comHere are some major features of Indian Philanthropy as enumerated by eminent Indian businesspeople.They are perspectives that were articulated in response to the Gates-Buffett ‘the Giving Pledge’

1.”India has a very old culture of giving, since the time of Buddha. The concept of philanthropy is not new to us.”—-Rahul Bajaj, chairman, Bajaj Group.

2.”Philanthropy in the first world and in the third world are two different things. In the first world people donate to build a baseball stadium. In India, we have to decide for ourselves what we want out of philanthropy. It is not for the Americans to tell us.”

“shareholders have done more charity than Gates and Buffett put together. How? By allowing Cipla to export drugs for $100 million to Africa, which could have fetched $4 billion if they were exported to the US”—-Yusuf Hamied, chairman & managing director, Cipla Read more of this post

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