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"Father of Modern Lahore" remembered

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Islamabad / Karachi: Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has asked the Punjab Government to include introductory lessons for awareness about the "Father of Modern Lahore", Sir Ganga Ram, in the educational curriculum.

Paying rich tribute to Sir Ganga Ram on the occasion of his his 88th death anniversary, Dr. Ramesh Vankwani said  on 12 July that preserving the Samadhi of Sir Ganga Ram, located at Ravi Road, as National Heritage would be most suitable step to acknowledge the great legendary.

Rai Bahadur Sir Ganga Ram is the father of modern Lahore, Dr Ramesh said, regretting that today no one really spares some time to acknowledge his great contributions to serve the people, regardless of race, religion and caste. In addition, it is really painful that the Samadhi had been neglected and left to the mercy of hate-mongers, Dr Ramesh said.

Dr Ramesh said that Sir Malcolm Hailey, the Governor of Punjab under the British rule, had lauded the great Hindu philanthropist by saying that "He won like a hero and gave like a saint". He, in the context of Quad-e-Azam's 11 August Speech, urged for the protection of the rights of minorities and due acknowledgement of their contributions.

Sir Ganga Ram was an executive engineer by profession under the British rule and a man behind the construction of various city buildings like Lahore Museum, Aitchison College, Mayo School of Arts, High Court, GPO, Government College's chemistry block and Mayo Hospital's Albert Victor wing. Following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, hundreds of people had attacked and damaged the samadhi of Sir Ganga Ram, which is now in serious need of repair.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2015 on page no. 13

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