the only statue of a human figure left in lahore?

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This I believe is the only statue of a human figure left in its original place in Lahore. Located across the street from the Lahore Museum, I think not many of us actually notice it. I wonder how our Mullah folks have not touched it yet. We proudly demolished Jain Mandir, set a few churches and even Diyal Singh Mansion on fire during the riots in recent years. But this statue seem to have been missed out somehow. May be because its hardly visible from main road?

Anyways in case you don’t know, the statue above is of Alfred Woolner who was a long-serving professor of Sanskrit, as well as vice-chancellor of Punjab University between 1928 and 1936.

13 Comments so far

  1. Saira (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 12:19 am

    yes i have not seen any other human statue in lahore either. what is P.Y.F?

  2. Yahya (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 5:03 am

    “what is P.Y.F?”

    People youth federation or some such like?

    Years ago I used to pass through there a lot but never noticed the statue. Once standing on the bus stop nearby and being bored I looked around and saw the statue. Wow I was taken aback as well as it did seem strange to me to have a statue still left intact, specially after Zia ul Haqu’s period.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    OK missed this?… this one is next on the list….. ;)

    PYF punjab youth federation

    p.s. Ronald McDonald(mcdonald clown) and Colonel Harland Sanders( kfc baba) also are dicreetly existing amidst all this

  4. Erum Siddique (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 2:02 am

    may be they have given him respect because he has this book in his hands and a scholar cap.

    @D0ctor: don’t forget those two baba’s have security around them and this one is just helpless :)

  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    What about if someone put a statue of Quaid; Will people accept it in its moulded form??

  6. shaan (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Not a bad idea Hasan. Down with the gora man statue!!! ;)

  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    I remember from my school days that there stood a huge statue of Mary carrying Jesus in the grounds of St. Anthony’s School on the Mall.

  8. Yahya (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 1:27 am

    “What about if someone put a statue of Quaid; Will people accept it in its moulded form??”

    Ammmm, depends. May be in 5, 10 years. Depending on the speed of enlightened moderation.

  9. Nadia (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 1:58 am

    enlightened moderation, 5/10 years? you cannot possibly be talking about tolerating mushy for another 5-10 years? we are already sick n tired of him. to hell with enlightened moderation. we need a new dictator.

  10. Yahya (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    “we are already sick n tired of him. to hell with enlightened moderation. we need a new dictator.”

    What makes you think the new dictator won’t be any worse?

    BTW, what exactly are you tired of re Musharraf, just out of interest? One thinks Musharraf may have gained some favours with women for passing women bill but apparently its not so.

  11. Bulla (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 6:35 am

    “What makes you think the new dictator won’t be any worse?”

    Sarcasm is a foreign language to some… *rolleyes*

  12. Rick Shaw (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    Musharraf is the best thing that has ever happened to Pakistan after Jinnah. Pray to Allah that he continues to guide us towards a civilized & developed nation. Do a retrospective analysis of economy, education, women & human rights and then decide yourself. Dont u see the growth of arts and culture. He is a kind leader, If I was at his place I’d deport all who disagree with the moderate and enlightened society to Afghanistan where they can be happy under Taliban.

  13. exciton (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    “Musharraf is the best thing that ever happened to Pakistan after Jinnah…. ”

    I going to give you the benefit of the doubt and sincerely hope that you were being sarcastic and are not a “jiyala”. ;-)

    Of course Bhutto, Zia, BB, and NS have their own “jiyalaas” too! However, the real problem with “jiyalaism” is loss of objectivity. It perpetuates the dangerous idea that any one person is more important than the system. I hope you see the light (difference)!

    But I digress.

    I am just glad at least one statue survives, and wish more of our history was preserved, because IMO Islam had earlier proven to be wise enough to differentiate between repressive idolatory and cultural/historical artifacts.

    A great tragedy is that the present day Mullahs, using their limited intelligence and limited knowledge are marketing their dangerous cult under the brand of “pure Islam”. When in fact this cult is really a repressive force against everything good (culture, history, free thought) for the nation.

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