NEW YORK/NEW DELHI: UNESCO should expel not only Afghanistan but also Pakistan from its body. Neither should be eligible for UNESCO aid. The same holds true for China. That all three are currently on UNESCO's executive board is a mockery, writes Michael Rubin.
"Rather than protect cultural heritage, UNESCO's corruption has made it a catalyst for destruction. In Afghanistan, the world should hold the Taliban responsible", Rubin writes in the Washington Examiner.
"In Afghanistan, the Taliban seek systematically to erase Afghanistan's cultural heritage. They may do so at the behest of Pakistani officials who fear Pashtun nationalism and wish to erase the legacy of various Afghan dynasties as well as the depth of its history. By eliminating Afghan heritage, Pakistan can also justify its own future land grabs and mitigate its own lack of self-confidence as a nation", Rubin added. The Taliban are not alone in seeking to erase history and any remnants of past plurality. Rubin said Palestinians at the Temple Mount have deliberately ruined archaeological sites and dumped ancient artifacts in trash dumps.
"Beginning in 1949, Communist China systematically destroyed more than 6,000 monasteries and much of Tibet's cultural heritage. They are now implementing the same plan to erase Uyghur heritage", he added.
China, too, seeks to rewrite history and erase the diversity of the lands they once conquered in pursuit of a Han Chinese narrative that is essentially supremacist, he said. (IANS)
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