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Open Minds 2016: Soft Power

Ratish Nanda: Rising from the Ruins

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A healer of ruins, he has steered the discourse on conservation away from the colonial model of keeping sites fenced in

In his 18 years at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Ratish Nanda has steered the discourse on conservation away from the colonial model of keeping sites fenced in. Heritage, he believes, must be leveraged for economic gain through tourism, employment for craftsmen and the use of historic buildings as schools, clinics and hotels. The Aga Khan Trust’s work at Humayun’s Tomb and Hazrat Nizamuddin basti in Delhi brought together professionals and civil society to establish a scalable conservation model for the country.

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