Ganga Ram’s Descendant Visits Historical Places – Diary

LAHORE: Kesha Ram Hinsdale, the great-great-granddaughter of Sir Ganga Ram, had a busy day in Lahore visiting several historical places on Sunday.

Ms. Hinsdale is a member of the Vermont Senate in the United States. She had served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2009 to 2016.

Osman Khalid Waheed, managing director of Ferozsons Laboratories and administrator of LUMS, which is host to the visiting US Senator and her husband John Hinsdale, told Dawn they visited Sir Ganga Ram’s Samadhi in the morning . He said the Evacuee Trust Property Board Additional Secretary Rana Shahid Saleem spoke about Sir Ganga Ram’s contributions to Lahore, Punjab and to the humanity of the sub-continent.

ETPB President Habibur Rehman Gilani, Secretary General Syed Faraz Abbas and Member Dr. Javeria Ghazanfar Suharwardy also attended the event. Mr Waheed said Lahore Sangat members worked closely with EPTB for the event. He said the Council had made excellent arrangements for the visit during which the Pandit also held a ceremony. The visitor prayed to her great-great-grandfather’s Samadhi.

Later, she visited Sir Ganga Ram’s house in Taxali, where Lahore Sangat placed a plaque. Fauzia Qureshi, an art educator, told Dawn that Sir Ganga Ram’s house is around 100 years old. “It is in poor condition and Lahore Sangat will try to keep it,” she said. She said it’s a house that belonged to the early 20th century. The house belonged to Ganga Ram Hospital and the plaque the Lahore Sangat had placed there reads: “Sir Ganga Ram, civil engineer, philanthropist, lived here,” she said.

Mr Waheed said the US senator was then given a tour of the Walled City and Lahore Walled City Authority Deputy Director Ayesha Khan facilitated it. The Senator visited Delhi Gate, Shahi Hamam and Wazir Khan Mosque where she enjoyed traditional cuisine.

Ms Hinsdale also visited the residences of Ustad Daman and iconic singer Noor Jahan. She said that Noor Jahan was her father’s favorite singer.

Posted in Dawn, November 21, 2022


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Patrick F. Williams