MARK COOPER STRONG FEELINGS FOR SAFETY OF CHUGHTAI MUSEUM;
ARCHERY EXPERT ALSO WISHES WOLVERHAMPTON TO MAKE MUSEUM.
Chughtai Museum is effort of father and son for nearly 100 years. Sixty years of Chughtai’s effort and decades of effort of his son. And ruthless politicians without even an iota of ideological wellbeing, aim to acquire rich properties at all costs. The land was bought by the artist in 1960, we got it cleared at great effort in 1997. From 2008 we face the wrath of a ruthless Government of Punjab. Instead of helping us in anyway, the plan to take our hard-earned property for NATIONAL GOOD remains there.
Pakistanis are least concerned about culture and museums. How many museums have come out in Pakistan? Most were made by the British. The ones that people tried to make were destroyed by bureaucracy, like the Fyzee Rahamin Museum in Karachi. So many galleries were destroyed too. Zubeida Agha’s efforts gone with the wind. Indus Gallery of Ali Imam no more in work. Moyene Najmi’s effort gone in vain. Only those have survived who came to terms with people in power to share the spoils of cultural war.
Whenever we are in trouble, foreigners are concerned and they try their best to help us. It is not a long list but the concern is very genuine. A United Nations Police Officer posted in Pakistan wrote a thesis on cultural destruction in Pakistan and mentioned us in same. Mark Cooper, who is an archer of Wolverhampton, always write to us for our welfare. He himself wants to build a museum there, and even the English in power, refuse to see his point of view. But we love him from the bottom of our heart. He keeps our faith in humanity alive. A nun in an American church prayed for our wellbeing. A grandson of a famous educationist tried his best from the USA to save us. It is not time for details but for feelings of concern which matter. In 1975, Nelson A Rockefeller, Vice President of USA, wrote to us about our plans and said:
“It is indeed a great loss to you and his family, and to Pakistan., which for so long was able to claim him as one of its most outstanding artist. I do hope that you or the nation have plans to preserve his work in a suitable memorial.”
A suitable memorial we have tried to do. Let us see if someone helps us or not.