Heritage Conservation

OUR MISSION:

The Sikh Foundation,  has a long history of commitment to inspire, educate and engage communities around the world about Sikhism and Sikhs.

In 2019, we are focusing our efforts on this very important question: now that the Sikhs are living all over the world, how can the connection with our heritage be maintained for future generations?  Our answer is embodied in our newest initiative: Saving Our Heritage.

The partition of Punjab, in 1947, caused one of the largest migrations in human history. The uprooted Sikh community was forced to leave behind its cultural legacy in West Punjab – monuments and buildings (gurudwaras, havelis, samadhs, forts etc. built by our ancestors).  These revered sites and the rich history associated with them has been decimated by urban development and are now threatened by willful destruction, neglect, natural erosion and disaster.

There is an urgent and critical need to intervene and protect these endangered Sikh heritage sites in Pakistan in order to correct the historical narrative of the Sikh heritage in Pakistan and preserve our cultural inheritance for the enjoyment and education of our future generations.

This is our mission!

STRATEGY:

We recognize that the road to successful and continued preservation of our sites in Pakistan depends on a strong partnership with the Pakistani government. Over the course of the past few months, the Sikh Foundation has been in discussions with authorities in Pakistan who administer and control many of these sites. They have in turn expressed their genuine intent to take on the conservation of selected Sikh era monuments. Through this partnership we seek to establish permanent legal protection and enforcement of conservation and restoration of the monuments in Pakistan. In return we hope to spur expanded tourism, creating economic benefits to Pakistan.

 

Sikh Heritage Pakistan

SIKH HERITAGE IN PAKISTAN

 ~  Saving Our Heritage  ~

Preserving the Treasures of our Past for Future Generations  ~ 

An Initiative of the Sikh Foundation

The partition of Punjab, in 1947, caused one of the largest migrations in human history. The uprooted Sikh community was forced to leave behind its cultural legacy in West Punjab – monuments and buildings (gurudwaras, havelis, samadhs, forts etc. built by our ancestors).  These revered sites and the rich history associated with them has been decimated by urban development and are now threatened by willful destruction, neglect, natural erosion and disaster.

 

Guru Ki Maseet

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