A fading Taj and shabby museums: India spends less than 1% of its annual budget on culture and it shows

Art and culture aren’t usually a priority for most governments around the world.

When it comes to budget cuts, it’s the government-run cultural institutions, be it the Arts Council of England or the US National Endowment for the Arts, that suffer first, losing out on funding in favour of departments that are viewed as more practical, like defence or atomic energy.

And that perception of art and culture being less important is echoed in India, Asia’s third-largest economy. The...

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