Sometime back, I visited mausoleum of the highly-revered Persian poet Firdausi (934-1020) which is just outside the holy city of Mashhad in Iran. Near the mausoleum, I saw this obviously old mud wall which, I was told, was 500 years old. A shade had been erected to protect the wall from rain and sunshine. I remembered our Mohenjodaro that day, the historical site near Larkana in Sindh that is 5,000 years old and internationally recognized as the oldest civilization of world. How miserably have we failed to protest this precious heritage is reinforced every year during monsoons and Eids. The site gets (further) damaged in particular during the holidays on two Eids when a large number of local people visit Mohenjodaro as a picnic point. In those days, a lot of motorcyclists are seen racing around there just for the sake of fun, totally unmindful of the damage they are causing to this priceless piece of Sindhi artifact. The news items, along with photographs showing that kind of cultural barbarity, are printed regularly in the Sindhi media but our elected government, like all previous unelected (and elected) ones, remains indifferent, absolutely oblivious to their responsibility. The next Eid is coming again in a few weeks time and one hears stones crumbling in Mohenjodaro. -MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Karachi, September 20.