Minority Project

The Minority Project is CAP’s unique venture that taps into the lives and lifestyles of religious minorities across Pakistan. Since September 2010, the team has worked consistently with the Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Baha’i and Zoroastrian communities in the country. With hundreds of personal narratives, the Minority Project archive gives deep insight into the history, culture, traditions, rituals and the valuable contributions made by these communities to Pakistani history and heritage.

Apart from detailed oral histories, the Minority Project team has also documented religious festivals of the five communities. Photographs, audios and videos have been archived from the Hindu festivals of Holi, Diwali, Shivratri, Vaisakhi, Sri Krishna Janamasthami, Durga Pooja, Dashera and Sri Valmiki’s birthday and the Sikh religious occasions of Guru Gobind’s birthday, Lohri, Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary and the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev. For the Christian community, the team was involved in Christmas, Maryam Yatra, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations while the Zoroastrian festival of Navroz and the Baha’i celebrations of Hazrat Bab’s birthday were also documented by CAP. The Minority Project archive adds the holistic element to the Oral History Project, giving a voice to those individuals often left out of mainstream discourse.

  • Photos
  • A boy smiles at the Shivratri festival sitting among his family and friends
  • Lahore, Sikh temple. 14th March, 2012 marks the Nanakshahi 541st Sikh New Year
  • A Hindu boy at the festival of Shivratri
  • A lady wears a colourful ensemble at the festival of Shivratri at Killa Katas, an ancient Hindu temple
  • In 2011, the Sikh community in Lahore celebrated the new year under the new calendar for the first time in Pakistan
  • More scenes from the Sikh temple in Lahore
  • A man looks through various posters of Hindu gods and goddesses
  • The holy pond said to be formed by Shiv's tear drop and the temples around it. The dip in the pond is said to rinse all sins
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