The bad news of the day – and we get plenty of bad news everyday here in Pakistan – is that we do not have enough funds to preserve Moenjodaro. Super sad news, I know. When I read this one out loud, there was a collective awwww in the office. Everyone sighed and shared their own Moenjodaro story. Apparently, the rising water table and salt levels in the soil are threatening the 5000 year old ruins. Sind government allocates a paltry 100 million rupees and funds coming in from UNESCO have proved to be insufficient in attracting the best minds in archeology to save the world heritage site.
A conference on preservation of Moenjodaro in Karachi urged to create a global fund and a pool of competent conservation research experts to explore the challenge at hand and to devise a custom-made solution that will work.
I am no expert and all I know about archeology was gleaned from Indiana Jones and The Mummyfilms but I too have a suggestion. I suggest that Moenjodaro be placed with the local DHA. Even when the whole country is going to the dogs, there is always enough money to be invested in developing new DHAs and golf courses and clubs that go with it. If we declare Moenjodaro the latest DHA, there will be new roads, better access to amenities of life, a golf course and a club in the area and all those foreign experts, who may have shied away from coming to the dusty environs of Larkana for the lack of a night life, may be persuaded to relocate and help preserve the ancient site.
What say people, Moenjodaro for the latest DHA?