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New book on `Lost Sikh Heritage in Pakistan’ Released at KCW

November 07, 2017 06:14 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR : A well-researched and painstaking work on the eroding Sikh heritage buildings in Pakistan was today launched by Amardeep Singh, a Singapore based historian and writer at Khalsa College for Women (KCW). The book `Quest Continues: Lost Sikh Heritage in Pakistan’ at an impressive ceremony at the college campus.

The work highlights plight of buildings and historic sites belonging to the Sikh period in the neighbouring country. During the presentation based on his new book Amardeep Singh focused stated that more than 80 per cent of the heritage of the Sikhs was left behind in Pakistan after the partition and there had not been much efforts to document historical sites.

``It was on a sudden visit to Pakistan in 2014 that I came face to face with this reality and I was amazed the way the heritage was being ignored and vandalized, thus I documented the first book and now the second one’’, said he. The pictorial book which was made public today contains hundreds of pictures of the buildings, religious shrines, historical places, which highlights the plight of these buildings and how they need to be preserved.

Dilbir Foundation head and joint secretary, finance Gunbir Singh said that Amardeep Singh who was born in Gorakhpur is a widely travelled historian and writer who had worked as banker at Chicago, Hong Kong, Singapore and Pakistan and he collected valuable data to compile the significant work. College Principal Dr. Sukhbir Kaur Mahal welcomed chief guest earlier and said the students from various post graduate classes asked questions on diverse topics of history and culture.

Amardeep said he was basically a banker, a corporate honcho, and then on seeing the eroding specimen of history he generated interest in the heritage buildings. ``In the present work he went to the remotest areas of Pakistan and found buildings and structures in the inaccessible terrains. ``I want to digitize these architectural forms spread in 36 sectors in Pakistan some of these are in remotest of areas.

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