CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. The Plunder. 3. Vandalism. 4. Modus Operandi. 5. Fake. 6. Techniques. 7. Legislative Measures. 8. Preventive Measures. 9. Interpol and Art Theft. 10. The Role of UNESCO.
India's cultural heritage lies among others in its art-paintings, sculptures and architecture. For centuries through their medium the country's inspired men and women have created works of art which represent truth and beauty. The glory of these can be seen practically in every State. However, unfortunately the vandals have played havoc with this repository of the country's cultural heritage. They have not only disfigured the monuments, but also indulged in thieving of art pieces and smuggling these beyond the national borders. The greater awareness of the beauty of Indian art, the craze for their possession and the fantastic money these fetch in sales abroad are basically some of the causes that prompt this plunder of works of art.