Na­tional trea­sures not to be sac­ri­ficed

Oman Daily Observer - - ANALYSIS -

To­day many coun­tries all over the world are los­ing their her­itage. It is a big loss for any na­tion. Rich her­itage is fac­ing dan­ger from ill-or­gan­ised de­vel­op­ments. Rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion is wip­ing out some as­pects of her­itage and cul­tural mon­u­ments. As seen in some neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, where cities are un­der­go­ing a facelift, the orig­i­nal iden­tity of the place no more ex­ists. For such kind of changes, na­tions are sac­ri­fic­ing their her­itage.

How­ever, in Oman, things are dif­fer­ent. The govern­ment is very strict when it comes to pre­serv­ing its cul­ture and her­itage. It is mak­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to pre­serve nat­u­ral trea­sures and her­itage.

There is no legacy so rich as her­itage and cul­ture. Our an­ces­tors were here first. What they did is of great sig­nif­i­cance for both the present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Our cur­rent her­itage is our an­ces­tors’ his­tory, to­day’s trea­sure and fu­ture legacy.

It is the mis­sion of the new gen­er­a­tion to pre­serve it as part of our iden­tity. Af­ter­wards, it will be passed on to the next gen­er­a­tions to ob­serve and pass it on to the up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions.

This story goes on. The his­tory and her­itage will be lost if they are not care­fully mon­i­tored and pre­served for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

As the say­ing goes, “Speak­ing rocks is the won­der of our coun­try; pre­serve it for our off­spring”.

The Sul­tanate is spar­ing no ef­fort to pre­serve the na­tional cul­ture and her­itage of all forms for the next gen­er­a­tions. The Min­istry of Her­itage and Cul­ture, for ex­am­ple, is striv­ing to doc­u­ment and pro­tect the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal sites in ev­ery corner of the coun­try.

The min­istry has been work­ing on the doc­u­men­ta­tion of thou­sands of his­tor­i­cal sites in dif­fer­ent parts of Oman. This is a com­mend­able and hon­ourable ef­fort in­deed and a great step to­wards pre­serv­ing dif­fer­ent forms of Omani her­itage.

The min­istry has also an­nounced a cou­ple of times that it is work­ing on restor­ing a num­ber of his­tor­i­cal res­i­den­tial clus­ters in dif­fer­ent gover­norates.

As well, the Min­istry of Her­itage and Cul­ture is hav­ing a num­ber of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and land­marks in­cluded on the UNESCO World Her­itage List.

In fact, all of these are a tes­ti­mony to the ef­forts made by the min­istry to­wards pro­tect­ing the rich her­itage of Oman and record­ing its his­tory through care­ful list­ing, doc­u­men­ta­tion, anal­y­sis and con­ser­va­tion.

The list com­prises var­i­ous his­tor­i­cal and nat­u­ral land­marks while there are other sites on the ten­ta­tive list.

Hope­fully, all these his­tor­i­cal sites and land­marks will get ac­knowl­edged and clas­si­fied as World Her­itage Sites too.

The credit un­doubt­edly goes to the na­tion and its peo­ple for ap­pre­ci­at­ing and pre­serv­ing the nat­u­ral and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures in their blessed land.

On the other hand, pre­serv­ing na­tional her­itage is not just the con­cern of the govern­ment. As in­di­vid­u­als, we should also shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity and play a role to help­ing pro­tect our cul­ture, her­itage and his­tory.

Shar­ing the real Omani tra­di­tions and his­tory with our off­spring is part of pre­serv­ing the cul­ture and pass­ing it to the new gen­er­a­tions. For in­stance, pre­serv­ing old na­tional records that some peo­ple have is an­other form of pre­serv­ing the her­itage.

The right way of pro­tect­ing such records is by shar­ing copies with the Na­tional Records and Ar­chive Au­thor­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble of main­tain­ing all types of na­tional records.

We all are re­spon­si­ble for pre­serv­ing all forms of Omani her­itage, cul­ture and his­tory along with the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned.

It is the mis­sion of the new gen­er­a­tion to pre­serve it as part of our iden­tity. Af­ter­wards, it will be passed on to the next gen­er­a­tions

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