Some encouraging news! Work is underway on restoring the wonderful Bradlaugh Hall in Lahore, named after Charles Bradlaugh and one of the most important rallying points of South Asian nationalism before independence.
I had the privilege of visiting Bradlaugh Hall three years ago - it was exciting to be there and commune with its past, but sad that such an iconic building was derelict and in poor repair.
The Walled City of Lahore Authority announced last April plans to restore the hall - but it's one thing to proclaim good intentions, and another to get down to work.
Faizan Naqvi - who very kindly took me to the Bradlaugh Hall three years ago - has sent me these photos of the work underway. It's not clear how long the work will take or what purpose the hall will be used for once the work is complete, but at least the Bradlaugh Hall has been saved from gradual decay.
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