New Delhi, August 16, 2018: It isn’t a common sight to find a school running inside a temple. It is more uncommon to find a temple school running in Pakistan’s Karachi where Muslim teachers teach Hindu children belonging to scheduled castes.
According to a report by The News, the school was set up at a Hindu temple in Rehman Colony by the Initiator Human Development Foundation (IHDF), as the temple was literally the only available place to open a school. The NGO, however, first sought the permission of the local community before opening up the school in their place of worship.
According to a recent report by Al Jazeera, there has been a rise in land encroachment of Hindu temples and historic landmarks situated in Karachi.
Not just temples, even historic clock towers, and cinemas which have not received any maintenance whatsoever in years are in a dilapidated condition and being used as warehouses or makeshift vegetable markets.
Sudden population boom, unplanned urbanization and the government’s lackadaisical approach towards preserving the cultural heritage have undone the charms of Karachi.
However, this one little school is perhaps the only binding factor between the two communities.