In India, the complexities surrounding the activity of conservation are too many, ranging from socio-cultural to starkly economic, not to mention the all pervading neglect and lack of maintenance.The two examples given here are representative of the callous and selfish nature of the society towards heritage. In Ahmedabad, this one is the brick bastion right over the first gate “Ganesh Baru” the original fort wall of Ahmedabad. To begin with, a residential quarter with a toilet was built over it and then it was mutilated during the expansion of Ellis Bridge. The other example of Tripurasundari Temple in Chamba is a telling story. This was an exemplary temple with significant iconography in the ceiling, columns, doorway and the windows. Here the trustees decided that the wooden temple has become too old to be kept and that the trust had ample money to build a new one. They got the entire old temple dismantled including the mandap in front and built one in concrete with the cladding of wooden panels. The original panels and parts of the temple are stacked up as a wall of the watchman’s cabin where the kitchen is located.