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India sees red over scheme that allows corporate sponsors to maintain heritage sites

Feelings run high over Indian government's Adopt-a-Heritage scheme, in which sites like the iconic Red Fort are maintained by corporate sponsors.

Dozens of people walk through the gates of one of India's most iconic heritage sites, the Red Fort - a red sandstone structure that rises above the oldest parts of the capital, Delhi.

The big gates give way to a tiny bazaar selling trinkets, precious gems and souvenirs before opening out into a massive complex of manicured gardens, baths, and pavilions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'And now, a message from our sponsors...'. Print Edition | Subscribe