The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan guaranteed the world that it would maintain and conserve
Mes Aynak’s Buddhist legacy.
- Several Buddhist-related antique sculptural and architectural masterpieces were destroyed by the Taliban administration in Mes Aynak (2001).
- When the Taliban dictatorship retook power, many people were understandably concerned.
- The dictatorship, on the other hand, has guaranteed the world that it will preserve the varied
- Buddhist history.
- One of the main reasons for this is to assure investment in the country, as the administration has been experiencing economic difficulties since taking power.
The Buddhas of Bamiyan:
- The Bamiyan valley, located in the Hindu Kush mountains along the Bamiyan River, was an important node of the early Silk Routes, serving as a crossroads for both commercial and cultural interchange.
- The Bamiyan Buddha statues, carved out of sandstone cliffs, are thought to date from the 5th
- century AD and were formerly the world’s tallest standing Buddhas.
- The creative styles of the Gupta, Sassanian, and Hellenistic periods were perfectly blended in
- these statues.
- In 2001, the Taliban administration demolished Salsal and Shamana (two of the region’s tallest Buddha sculptures), as the locals termed them.
- The remains of the Bamiyan Buddhas were added to UNESCO’s list of world historic monuments
- in 2003.
No. Topic Name Prelims/Mains
- BAMIYAN BUDDHA Prelims & Mains
- HINDU NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Prelims & Mains
- WITHDRAWAL OF AFSPA Prelims & Mains
- VANNIYARS COMMUNITY Prelims & Mains
The statue of Salsal was “recreated” – a 3D projection was beamed at the alcove where it had
stood — on March 9, 2021, to commemorate 20 years since their destruction.
Source The Hindu
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