NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 10, 2013 (The Hindu): K. K. Muhammed's job, in the capacity of Director (North), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is over. But he still has a lot of work to do, even after retirement. Pursuing academic work on history and archaeology, that he loves so much, he is also spreading the word through his talks. Recently at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), he presented a talk "Dacoits, illegal mining and temple conservation in Chambal Valley".
Muhammed's 24-year-long career in the ASI has been eventful but his work on the Bateshwar temples in Madhya Pradesh, was particularly special. And now he is spending some time talking about the challenging task of rescuing the 1300-year-old temple firstly from the dreaded dacoits (bandits) of Chambal and then the mining mafia. These were not his main challenges, his primary job was to restore the magnificent temple to its old glory, a task monumental because the structure was in ruins.
"The objective of these talks is that there are 200 temples out of which only 80 temples have been completed. Forty are half done so there is still lot of work left to be done. The mining is going on there. So, we need to maintain the momentum of our work, our commitment towards the cause," says Muhammed.