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Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap
The book Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience authored by Reema Abbasi was launched by LK Advani, Member of Parliament and Guest of Honor Jawed Naqvi  in the Capital. The occasion was also graced by the presence of veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.

The book is an endeavour to keep ancient emblems of faith alive and for pluralism in a land of irony that has been home to multiple ancient faiths yet stands besieged by unpalatable extremism.

Abbasi has documented the book after an extensive research work.  Photographs used in the book of the remaining historical temples, and exquisite shrines in Pakistan were captured by Madhia Aijaj. The foreword of the book has been written by the renowned journalist Jawed Naqvi.

‘The purpose of this book is multi-layered. It seeks a journey towards pluralism, preservation of some of the most ancient places in history, tolerance and participation, empowerment of a community, which is facing a major onslaught of hardliner menace towards the north, and promote religious tourism and peace. I hope it will be a window to the people in India as we have showcased the fervour of festivals’said Reema Abbasi.

The  book sets out to ignite a discourse and the collective conscience of a nation numbed into silence, fear or the false conviction of the supremacy of a singular religion - to institutionalise the fundamental right of will. Elaborately embellished with evocative photographs of antiquated and exquisite Hindu shrines, opulent rituals and festivals and regional populace, the chronicle has extensive research and exceptional pilgrimage sites—Hinglaj, Katas Raj, Kalka Cave Temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir and Shivala Mandir, to name a few.

While images present the landscape and the social fabric of a territory, the redolence of celebrations spread passion and fervor. An article introduces the extraordinary Fakira, last of the human hands behind idols in Pakistan.
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