For the first time in the 75-year history of independence, Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated by Pakistan Hindu Council in a very unique way in the open sea of Karachi, and the ancient Manora temple, submerged in darkness for a long time, was lit up with beautiful lights.
Major reason for celebrating Diwali at Manora was to promote faith tourism in Pakistan by showcasing the island as a role model for religious tolerance, where people of different faiths, including Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, have been living together happily for centuries.
My column on Model for faith tourism published in The News International.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani