Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Practical steps to save the Built Heritage of Hazur Sahib

In plans frighteningly reminiscent of the Galiara or “beautification” plan around the Durbar Sahib in Amritsar that wiped out all the bungas, birthplaces of the Gurus and ancient buildings in Amritsar a similar plan is being implemented right now around Hazur Sahib, Nanded.These scandalous plan are implemented by the Gurdwara and State board in preparation for the 2008 commemorations of the Guruship of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and therefore a major event is planned in the town of Nanded when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to come to Sri Hazur Sahib.

The result though is the steady demolition, destruction and vulgarisation of the unique Sikh heritage of the region. The Galiara plan in Hazur Sahib will bulldoze a number of important heritage sites and bury under concrete the sacred space where the tenth Guru once lived, meditated, wrote, ministered and passed away.

Behind this deplorable scheme are the Gurdwara Board who are intent on cashing in on the celebrations by constructing massive austere pilgrim hostels at the expense of sensitive and ancient built heritage.

Punjabheritage.org is coordinating a campaign to lobby the authorities to stop this destruction. We are requesting that all readers assist us by following the steps below.

Practical steps to save the sacred heritage of Hazur Sahib.

Please do call and email/SMS the following individuals. At all times please keep communications polite and to the point and express your deep concerns about the loss of these heritage sites. Explain that visitors to Hazur Sahib from abroad want to have these buildings conserved and not destroyed. Urge them to adopt the conservation plans that have been laid out by conservation professionals.

 Pictured (left) is Dr. Parvinder Singh Pasricha – the chairman of the Prashasak (“logistics/arrangements”) Committee for the 2008 event and also a DGP (Director General of Police) in Maharashtra . Please call/SMS Dr Pasricha and make your concerns known to him. His mobile number is +91 9820186050
 Pictured left Shri. Radheshyam Mopalwar who is the local collector at Nanded. Please email Shri Mopalwar, express your concerns. <!– var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’; var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’; var addy92789 = ‘mopalwar’ + ‘@’; addy92789 = addy92789 + ‘yahoo’ + ‘.’ + ‘com’; document.write( ‘‘ ); document.write( addy92789 ); document.write( ” ); //–>\n mopalwar@yahoo.com <!– document.write( ‘‘ ); //–> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it <!– document.write( ” ); //–>
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