Indian-origin Singaporean documents Sikh heritage in Pakistan

Indian origin Singaporean documents Sikh heritage in Pakistan pardesi news 1459247783

An Indian-origin Singaporean has documented the Sikh heritage in Pakistan in a travelogue which includes several historical sites in a state of complete ruin.

Amardeep Singh, 49, an Indian-origin Singaporean has penned a book which includes historical sites several of which are now in a state of total ruin due to Islamic militancy and lack of maintenance since the 1947 partition. Mr. Singh spent over two years doing research work and visiting Pakistan to put together the 500-page book "Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan".

During his visit to Pakistan in 2014, Singh saw many of the historical buildings abandoned and crumbling while others have been turned into libraries and storehouses with some occupied by the poor families. According to the author, "A few hundred years from now, none of these places will exist. They are about to fall apart; they won’t last more than 10 to 15 years”.

The book has pictures of Sikh temples, including the birth place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, mansions and forts built by Sikh ancestors including the army leader Hari Singh Nalwa who built it in the 18th century at Haripur. Mr. Singh has also called on the Sikh Diaspora to work with the Pakistani government and preserve some elements of the community's heritage in their previous homeland.

The book will be launched on January 30 at the National University of Singapore.

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