Sir Ganga Ram: Who was the ‘Father of Lahore’ and why did his city forget him?
The mob turned and landed on the idol of Sir Ganga Ram. Sticks were rained down, bricks and stones were thrown. One found tar in his mouth. The other collected a lot of old shoes and proceeded to make a necklace and put it around the idol’s neck. But the police came and started firing. The person wearing the shoe necklace was injured, so he was sent to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for dressing.
What would be a reader of Urdu who has not read this short, simple and concise story of Saadat Hassan Manto and who does not have the imprint of this story on his chest. Manto really used a pen as a dagger. I remember very well that when I first read this story as a child, I was also curious as to who Sir Ganga Ram was.
Someone said that he had built the largest hospital in Lahore. Well, this introduction was also present in the story, the curiosity still remained.