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Hindu Temple Columns, photo by Carl Nelson

From the President.... 

Ed. Note: As we go to press, Carl Nelson is in India. In place of his regular column we include a photo and caption from his travels.

I have learned from my Mediterranean travels, that when a conqueror who brought a different culture to a new land, and wanted to erect temples, he recycled and repurposed material from structures already there.

Here are the recycled columns from Hindu and Jain temples that were used in 1192 to build the first mosque in India. Because Islam does not allow images of people, if you look closely, you can see where the images on the stone columns have been erased.

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