Sindh government receives major backlash after whitewashing historical sites
The Hingorani Mariyoon- a tomb and two mosques built in Noor M Kalhoro period (1719-1753) have been restored.
The archaeology department has whitewashed two historic religious buildings in Sindh during restoration. The Hingorani Mariyoon- a tomb and two mosques built in Noor M Kalhoro period (1719-1753) have been restored.
The Department of Culture and Archaeology shared photos of the renovation of a historic mosque in Tando Fazal, from its official Twitter account.
The images were criticized on social media, after which the Archeology department removed the photos.
The Provincial Minister for Culture and Archeology, Syed Sardar Ali Shah, said, ” this is a Kalhora era building that used lime in architecture. If left untreated after the use of bricks and limestone, the cracks or space can weaken the structure, so limestone is also placed on the outside to make it more durable. There is no whitewash.”
Sardar Ali Shah added that the department’s staff looks at the Twitter handle. He said, on receiving a major backlash, the team removed the pictures, and now they will be shared again with full information.
Renowned archaeologist and former UNESCO consultant Yasmin Lari said that the basic principle of conservation and preservation is to minimize interference and not change anything unnecessarily.
Lari added, “If everything is new, then its historical status has been destroyed.”
In August 2008, the Sindh government announced the Sindh Endowment Fund to protect the province’s heritage, for which Rs. 100 crore was allocated.
Backlash from public
The culture, antiquities and archaeology department of Sindh's twitter account has deleted their nonsensical "restoration and preservation" work photos on a three centuries old building. That doesn't eliminate the fact that they destroyed built heritage. Here's a refresher: pic.twitter.com/yhZEvTixZC
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) August 12, 2020
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