A Hindu man lights a candle on the steps in front of Asyamee, a Hindu temple in Kabul, on 30 October 2016. The candles were lit in celebration of Diwali, a yearly festival of light. Historically, Hinduism has thrived in Afghanistan, particularly in Pasthun areas. However, since the 70's the population of Hindus has steadily fallen according to Ehsan Shayegan, an Afghan researcher with Porsesh, who is focusing on minority religions in Afghanistan. There are only an estimated 7,000 Hindus remaining in Afghanistan, compared to 70,000 in the 70s.