Meet Atmaram ji, who happened to be the Hindu wazir of the then ruler of Kunduz, Mir Murad Beg.
Originally from Peshawar, Atmaram was a Hindu of humble origins who had risen to Dewan Beg (Prime Minister or simply Wazir) of Kunduz by talent and skill. Also in his favour was his ability to read and write, in an age when most Uzbegs (read: Uzbeks) were illiterate.
Splendidly attired in Uzbeg (Uzbek) style (he was the first Hindu permitted to sport turban and cummerbund), he retained his red Hindu caste mark (Tilak/Tikka) on his forehead. {which is also a daily reminder that your ancestors were 'BASED'}
He had on many occasions used his influence with Murad Beg to save Burnes and other British officials from death or imprisonment on their travels. Rattray wrote of Atmaram as "a sly-looking old fellow, countenance beaming with cunning and intellectual fire",🔥 and noted that....
he had "never betrayed his master's trust".
This lithograph was made from plate 9 of 'Afghaunistan' by Lieutenant James Rattray. (1818-54)
May the glorious Bhagwan Shri Surya Dev 🌞 never set on the Shri Agni of Sanatan. 🕉️
Notice his Tilak and Swords and Shield hanging behind?

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5 Apr
The whole of Afghanistan was famous for worship of Bhagwan Shri Surya Dev, nowadays called the Solar Cult (similar to the ancient city of Multan) to hide its Hindu origin. (1/n)
This is not to say the cult of buddha was not prevalent, but it is agreed by all serious scholars that by the time Arabs came with their religious zeal to the region all its inhabitants had reverted to their original religion. (2/n)
This is exactly why you find many buddhist monasteries untouched whereas the destruction of the Hindu Mandirs and its extravagant sights was almost complete, intending to deny the upcoming generation of knowledge of their ancestors 'Jahilya' ignorance! (3/n)
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Hindu Temple ca.1300 years belonging to Bhagwan Shri Vishnu found in #Swat Valley in the town of Barikot Ghundai in what was the eastern Gandhar stronghold of the #HinduShahi kings of Kabul.
Confirmation by venerable Dr Abdus Samad @samadarab, Pakistan's Archaeology Directorate head.
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