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  1. Steering Through Turbulence
  2. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  3. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  4. Making ADR work for Women
  5. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  6. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  7. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  8. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  9. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  10. Come on Skipper !
  11. GUMM
  12. Annus Horibilis
  13. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  14. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  15. Method in the Madness
  16. Legal System Reforms
  17. Power Over Impulse
  18. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  19. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  20. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  21. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  22. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  23. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  24. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  25. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  26. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  27. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  28. NEWS PICKS
  29. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  30. Fitness with the Mughal
  31. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  32. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  33. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  34. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  35. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  36. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  37. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  38. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  39. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  40. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  41. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  42. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  43. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  44. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  45. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  46. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  47. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  48. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  49. Money for nothing, bits for free
  50. FinTech
  51. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  52. Crisis of Civilization
  53. Child Sexual Abuse
  54. Education is the only Solution
  55. Fit for Purpose
  56. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  57. Mini meringue recipe
  58. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  59. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  60. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  61. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  62. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  63. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  64. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  65. Five major political events of 2017
  66. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  67. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  68. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  69. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  70. What we can learn from Ghalib
  71. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

The election of 39-year-old Krishna Kumari as the first Hindu Dalit woman to occupy a place in Pakistan’s Senate shines a spotlight on Pakistan’s long-suffering Hindu minority. Escaping a life of forced labour, her rise to the forefront of Pakistani politics is nothing short of inspiring.

Similarly, the tireless struggle of 52-year-old Veeru Kohli against slavery in Pakistan has drawn widespread recognition. A Hindu from Sindh, Kohli worked as a bonded labourer for 20 years and now fearlessly advocates against the system of indentured servitude which operates with impunity across the country.

These women are just two examples of the brilliance, tenacity and integrity of Pakistan’s deeply marginalised Hindu community. At a time when Pakistan’s Hindu minority remains deeply vulnerable in the face rising extremism, it is essential to remember the integral role played by Hinduism in Pakistan’s culture and civilisation.

According to historians, Hinduism was the earliest religion to take hold in the Indus Valley. The Indus River, which has served as the site for a multiplicity of civilisations including the Hindu Vedic Civilisation, was originally called Sindu, meaning Hindu. The cradle of one of the world’s most ancient civilisation, the Indus was and still is revered by both Hindu and Muslim communities in Sindh.

The name Jhule Lal given to the Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is a Hindu name which refers to the god of water. Today, Sindhi fishermen still invoke Jhuley Lal when venturing out to sea to ensure their safe return.

Pakistan’s rich Sufi heritage is also shared by the Hindu community. For example, the name Jhule Lal given to the Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is a Hindu name which refers to the god of water. Today, Sindhi fishermen still invoke Jhuley Lal when venturing out to sea to ensure their safe return.

The land of Sindh holds such special importance for India’s Sindhi community that when the deletion of the word ‘Sindh’ from the Indian national anthem was considered there was great protest. In 2005, the Indian Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Sindhi community asserting that a national anthem was ‘a hymn or song expressing patriotic sentiments or feelings’ and ‘not a chronicle which defines the territory of the nation.’

“Beyond Sindh and across Pakistan, ancient Hindu empires have left their own special footprint: the Katas Raj temples in the Punjab, the Kalat Kali temple of Balochistan and the Raja Gira Fort in Swat are just a few enduring testaments to the land’s primordial Hindu past.”

The Hindu temples of Pakistan continue to draw people from all faiths as places of solace and spirituality. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, journalist and author of Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience, Reema Abbasi explained, “It seems these sites have transcended all faiths and that’s why often Muslims go to these sites in the belief that something that is so ancient, with such mystique, pulls people and keeps them coming back. Some go for blessings; others believe it’s a place that should be respected for all that it has seen.”

The ancient ties of Pakistan’s Hindus to the land must not be undermined any longer. Sadly, discrimination against this minority means that Hindus face acute economic exclusion, often relegated to undertaking the most menial of jobs like roadside sweepers and janitors in government offices. Several endure lives of serfdom in Pakistan’s feudal heartlands. Hindus constitute just over two percent of Pakistan’s 200 million population. Statistics reveal that increasing numbers are fleeing to India to escape persecution.

With increasing sectarian strife and religious intolerance taking hold, it is all too easy to forget our shared heritage. The temples and Sufi shrines of the past are a reminder of the transience of this worldly life, our inescapable mortality and ultimately the grave error of discrimination and prejudice.The great Sufi Baba Fareed cautions us of how we are united in a common destiny, “In conceit, I have kept the turban on my head free of dirt, Forgetful that my very head is to be consumed by dirt one day.” In today’s polarised Pakistan, these words must not be forgotten.

By: Mashaal Gauhar

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