Humour and religion – Dr Manzur Ejaz

WICHAAR

The Chinese and other Far-Eastern immigrant communities are the only ones who have been completely reticent about religious matters. Their organisations may voice concerns about civil rights or national but they rarely react if Buddhism or other religions of that area are mocked.

Finally, American-Hindus have caught up with other religious communities in being extremely protective of their symbolic and figurative presentation in the western media. While Muslims from the Indian sub-continent have led the pack, other religious communities have their own ways of reacting to their perceived image in the media.

Hindu religious groups have been protesting over a soon-to-be-released comedy film The Love Guru. They object to the presentation of Hinduism in a comical way.

The ‘love guru’ is a comic character who helps others with their love-life. Hindus have claimed that their religion has been slighted because the character is shown in traditional Indian yogi attire and is shown to have been trained in Hindu institutions.

The producers of the film deny such allegations claiming that the love guru is a humorous character, not representing any religion. However, Hindu organisations rebut with the argument that whenever an Indian has to be ridiculed in American media, the character is shown in a sari or dhoti. And so is the case with the love guru.

Hindu fundamentalist organisations have been on the rise in the US in tandem with the ascendancy of Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) and its parent outfit Rastriya Sevak Singh (RSS). Many human rights organisations, specifically representing minority religions in India, have been alleging that the US-based branches of BJP and RSS have been providing most of the funding for extremist causes resulting in Muslim massacres in Gujarat.

Human rights organisations have also been demanding that the US government investigate this matter but the Bush administration has largely ignored such pleas.

As a matter of fact, these organisations have been extremely quiet about their business. Such a strategy has allowed them to remain in the good books of the American public; the Muslims, on the other hand, have been disadvantaged because of their high profile concerns.

Incidentally, Sikhs have had their own share of extremist agendas. Besides their universal demand of wearing a turban and carrying a mini-sword, they have been fighting on other issues as well, some of them termed trivial. A few years back an issue arose in North American gurdwaras over whether langar could be served on chairs or not.

The traditionalists objected to the use of chairs as a violation of Gurus’ path while the modernists argued that old people could not sit on the floor mats because of health reasons. Several people were killed in gurdwaras in Canada and the US over this controversy. It is not clear how the issue was ultimately resolved.

Religious communities from the sub-continent are notorious for being too defensive when it comes to religion. However, the majority of religious communities from the US and Europe are not immune to this either. The only difference is that they are perhaps more subtle in these matters. Despite being much more tolerant over the mixing of humour and religion, they characterise attacks on Christianity as attacks on anti-western civilisation. The Jews too often make references to anti-Semitism.

Amazingly, the Chinese and other Far Eastern immigrant communities are the only ones who have been completely reticent about religious matters. Their organisations may voice concerns about civil rights or national but they rarely react if Buddhism or other religions of that area are mocked.

Probably, this is because religion is rarely used as a political tool in their region. One seldom hears about communal or sectarian riots in China, Japan or other Far Eastern nations notwithstanding the suppression of a few cults here and there.

One can hypothesise that the Chinese, Japanese and other countries of that region have out-grown the sub-continent and other Asian countries because of their liberal religious lifestyle.

On the other hand, the rise of religious fundamentalism in almost every religious community in the sub-continent, the West, and the Middle East has hampered socio-economic growth. The rise of religious fundamentalism in these areas is surely a symptom of some serious underlying social problem.

The writer can be reached at manzurejaz@yahoo.com

June 28th, 2008

Courtesy – http://www.wichaar.com/news/152/ARTICLE/6473/2008-06-28.html

Pakistani-American VIP hunters of Washington – Dr. Manzur Ejaz

To depict the uncertainty of life, Waris Shah used the metaphor of “naqsh ptasiaN Te” (patterns on sugar pops). He meant that human life can end just like sugar pops which can dilute with a few drops of water. But there is a class of Pakistani American and back home who can be categorized as ‘iron pops’; everything changes but their political game.

With the change of government in Islamabad, the attitude of ambassador and his staff changes along with their treatment of the journalists and the public. During the military regimes the ambassador and his staff feel as much accountable to the public as the core commanders of Lahore or Multan do. However, when civilian rule returns, may it be political appointees like Abida Hussain or Maleeha Lodhi or a professional straight talker like Riaz Khokhar, all the ambassadors are accessible and responsive to the public and journalist community. The entire environment changes during the civilian rule. The only thing that remains constant, irrespective of the nature of the regime in Pakistan, is the local political brokers.

For example, a rich Pakistani American physician has been the main host of the Chaudhry Brothers during the entire Musharraf era. His oversized residence was used as “dera” (the hub) for Chauhdries. It happens so that now, Asif Ali Zardari has also sent his special envoy, Mr. M.B. Abbasi, to that same dera. According to our sources, Mr. Zardari made a special request from the physician to facilitate Mr. Abbasi as best as he can. Not only that, we are told, that Mr. Zardari also presented him a signed book with words of appreciation for the said physician’s services and sacrifices made for democracy.

Mr. Abbasi’s stated agenda was to procure wheat from the US but we think there was something else that he was sent for: There were many better choices, including newly inducted Ambassador, Hussain Haqqani to procure wheat from the US. Furthermore, a media person, who is known to be Mr. Zardari’s main source of information about Pakistani American politics in the US, was overly active to facilitate Mr. Abbasi.

Everyone is certainly taken aback about Mr. Zardari’s close link with this physician because of his expressed hostility towards Pakistan Peoples Party over the last many years. When Benazir Bhutto came to Washington for the first time immediately after her exile, this physician crudely confronted her at a gathering that was held at Washington DC PPP president Dr. Manzoor Javed’s residence. He left quickly after his scathing criticism. It appeared that he had come with the only goal of insulting her. At that time, everyone gave him the benefit of doubt thinking that he was very upset over the corruption in Pakistan. However, within a few days it was proven that he came or was sent to confront Benazir Bhutto for a specific purpose.

This was not a far-fetched conclusion because, within a few days, he started hosting the Chaudhry Brothers at his personal residence. Then onward he served the cause of democracy just by providing all kinds of services to Chauhdris. According to some, he took time from his busy schedule to transport his political patrons between Washington and New York.

Close quarters of this physician confide that Chauhdris offered him a senate seat that he could not avail due to possible sectarian complications. However, he grabbed the appointment of his wife as an advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

‘VIP hunters’ is the popular term used for such physicians and business men in Washington circles. We do not know much about the family background of this particular physician but most of the VIP hunters come from weaker section of the middle class. In Pakistan, such individuals could not even approach a Tehsildar. After making huge money in medical practice or other businesses they want to show off to someone. They want to taste the fruits of power corridors.

It must be said that the first generation of VIP hunters was quite innocent and a bit naïve. They were only interested in showing off their big mansions or have their pictures taken with the VIPs. They were not harming anyone by trying to feel good for themselves. However, the newer generation of VIP hunters has gained expertise in using the VIP contacts to further their business interests. Now, they ask for assembly/senate seats or facilitation of their business ventures. That is how many of them have established expensive hospitals, medical colleges or industrial units. Now, the VIPs are not hunted for pleasure but for business goals. In return, the VIPs are using these individuals for transferring their wealth outside the country.

In this regard Shaukat Aziz, Dr. Ishrat Hussain and Dr. Nasim Asharaf have been the most successful expatriate adventurers. However, a large number of not-so-known VIP hunters have also gained assembly and senate seats besides many other perks.

The question is how we should interpret Mr. Zardari’s use of Chaudhry Brothers’ major conduit in Washington. The recipient of Mr. Zardari’s certificate of struggle for democracy was only seen once in a PPP gathering and that was perceived to be insulting Benazir Bhutto. Therefore the puzzling question is if the Chauhdris are Mr. Zardari’s political model? Are we witnessing just the change of faces where the same class with same mind-set continues ruling Pakistan? Are we dealing with the ‘iron pops’ in Washington as well as in Pakistan?

Courtesy: – WICHAAR

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Amar Jalil to be honoured

KARACHI, June 22: The University of Karachi will celebrate the golden jubilee of the career of the renowned short-story writer, novelist, playwright and columnist Amar Jalil on June 29 at a programme to be held in a local hotel.

Shields would be presented to Amar Jalil by the KU, Sindhi Language Authority, Sindh Graduates Association, University of Sindh, Institute of Sindhology, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair, Department of Culture and Pakistan Television Corporation at the programme.—PPI

Courtesy- DAWN

Source – http://www.dawn.com/2008/06/23/local17.htm

Inauguration of Punjabi translation of Amar Jalil’s writing by Dr Manzoor Aijaz

By Zulfiqar Halepoto

It is really great to know for all of us that the best stories and fiction of three great writers of Sindh Amar Jalil, Naseem Kharal and Manik has been translated in Punjabi language from Sindhi language by leading intellectual Dr. Manzoor Aijaz in WashingtonDC.

Launching of the Punajbi book of Amar Jalils translation will be held during golden jubilee celebrations of Jalil’s writing on June 29th, 2008. Sindh Democratic forum (SDF) in collaborations with KarachiUniversity, Sindhi Language Authority, Sindh Graduates Association, University of Sindh, Institute of Sindhology, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair, Department of Culture and Pakistan Television Corporation has arranged the inaugural session.

The University of Karachi has arranged a special celebration programme of the golden jubilee of the career of the renowned short-story writer, novelist, playwright and columnist Amar Jalil on June 29 at a programme to be held in a local hotel. Shields would be presented to Amar Jalil by various literary, educational and cultural institutions and organizations.

Few pieces of the translations are available on his website magazine WEECHAR. http://www.wichaar. com/news/ 150/

He is also working on the designing of key pad which shall have Sindhi and Punjabi casing and font so that both languages shall be written Vis-e- versa on the same key board. He is also planning to translate Punjabi litrature in to Sindhi Language.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups.

Herpes simplex virus 1, Genital Herpes- 2, varicella zoster virus and cold sores

Herpes simplex virus 1, 2, (in Sindhi language Tap Mut or Sur Sur), varicella zoster and cold sores infections are all belongs the Herpes virus group. From centuries, viruses are the enemies of human kind. Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This disease is responsible for the painful, irritating and embarrassing outbreaks. The virus persists in the nerve and it considered incurable, though there is much you can do to inactivate the virus. Harpies Simplex Virus- 1 (HSV-1) is causes cold sores on the lips and the cornea of eye. HSV-2 causes genital occurrences. Harpies Simplex Virus (HSV-2) reactivated by immune deficiency, diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, other disorders, anxiety, hormonal changes, during periods (menses), physical or emotional stress. Periods (menses) also increase the activity of HSV. Therefore, be cautious during menses take antiviral medicines such as acyclovir, Famcyclovir or Valacyclovir or Zovirex.

Now the scientists know that human immune system is so powerful to overcome the Herpes simplex accordingly.

This may help to keep prevent from outbreaks:

Avoid: Almonds, Wall nuts, chocolate, peanuts, Peas, sunflower seeds, other kinds of nuts’ and seeds’ protein trigger the Herpes virus re-occurrences. Corn based products (corns, pop corns, corn oil) are high in arganine and increase the HSV activity in cells. Those who are getting re-occurrences of Herpes simplex infection frequently should avoid eating all kinds of nuts and chocolate. Avoid tomatoes and green peas, and also avoid cooking in vegetable oil, coconut oil, corn oil, canola oil too. Use butter for cooking. Avoid foods that contain arganine. Chocolate is full of arganine. Avoid sugar and sugar products (Sweets).

This may help to keep your immune system high, it will help prevent outbreaks:

This may help in Genital Harpies Simplex virus I, II (Tap mut or Sur Sur) and varicella Zoster- Take extra vitamin C such as 500 mg vitamin C two times a day every day to boost your immune system, chewable vitamin C may damage your teeth therefore take non-chewable vitamin C and Vitamin E 400 IU daily whole of life.) Vitamin C works better than any anti-viral pills (acyclovir, Famcyclovir, Valacyclovir). Take Magnicium 10mg, B-complex 25 mg daily will help immune system, Calcium 100mg daily. Lemons are good source of vitamin C and fish is good source of vitamin E.

Lysine is good to prevent form Herpes Simplex virus re-occurrence. Lentils and legumes are the best source of lysine. Bee propolis with lemon ointment (lemon bam) also helps to prevent from re-occurring. Turmeric (in Hindi language Haldi) and garlic also helps to reduce re-occurring of harpes outbreaks. Mix water in Turmeric powder and make paste of turmeric put some drops of lemon and apply the affected area. Boiled eggs are good source of lysine, eat boiled eggs to prevent Herpes. Garlic and Aloevera has some effectiveness against Herpes.

Cut off refine carbohydrates/carbs, starchy foods, Sugar and sugar products, rice and rice products, potato and potato products. Eat deep water fish, drink fresh clean water and yogurt early in the morning every day. Add red onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric in your food. Mix the lemon drops and tincture together in equal parts and apply the affected area.

Do not burst the blister/bubble of harpies with pin or any thing. Wash the affected area with hydrogen per oxide available at grocery stores and pharmacies with out prescription. Try not to touch the affected area with bare hands. Use gloves, or tissue paper to save your hand. Do not expose the affected area to sun or sun shine. Eat fresh washed raw green leafy and colorful vegetable and fruits and drink moderate amount of fresh clean water every day.

If the blisters from Herpes appear close to the eye or occur on the tip or side of the nose, see a doctor immediately. Because Herpes can end up causing vision problems if it involves nerves around the eye.

Source » Internet

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29,035 schools in Sindh without power

by Prof. Gul Agha

It is great to see the govt. of Sindh focusing on these problems. Wish them luck to do what they can in whatever little time they have these ministries for, and with the meager resources that they can control.. the only hope is that a lot of international resources have been pouring in, particularly for education of Sindh but they have been mismanaged and lost to corruption…

Jun 25, 2008

“Democracy, Political Audit and Responsible Citizenry”

Jamil Junejo, Hyderabad
Before I embark on the way of discussing the topic at length, I want to acknowledge that what so ever, I m going to express here, its major credit goes to the training conducted by CPCS (Centre for peace and civil society) Hyderabad on the topic mentioned above.

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The National Day of remembrance for Victims of terrorism (23rd June )

Report by Dileep Ratnani, Sarnia Canada

The National Day of remembrance for Victim of terrorism is marked every year on June 23 in Canada mark the anniversary of the bombing of Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland.On this day, flags across Canada are flown at half –mast to honor the victims of the bombing, as well as other acts of terrorist violence that have taken lives of Canadians.

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Kashmir International Front Condemn the Court decision

by: Afzal Tahir, London

Courtesy: United Kashmir
Kashmir International Front strongly condemn the sentence awarded by
one Pakistani Court to Mohammad Shafiq Lateef. The government must change the law and
before doing so they must educate public. Had the public been educated, they must not asked sister to be raped just to pay the price of his brother?

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Don’t let PML-N renege on its stand on judiciary

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Conflicting reports are coming in from Pakistan on PML-N’s stand on the Zardari scheme of retaining Musharraf’s illegally appointed superior court judges on and after the military dictator’s second coup of 3rd November, 2007. Khwaja Asif says PML-N will support finance bill including the provision to increase the number of Supreme Court judges to 29 from the present 16. Another PML-N leader Zafar Iqbal Jhagra says PML-N would not accept PCO judges and will not vote for that provision. He however says that PML-N may accept PCO judges as ad-hoc judges!

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Sharing Sindh Resources For Its Urbanization

By: Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

This is apropos of Qazi Bashir Ahmed’s highly commendable proposal “Distribution of resources” (18 June) regarding uplifting underdeveloped areas of Sindh which otherwise contribute substantially to the prosperity of country by providing oil and natural gas. I would like to add that provincial government should also consider following few suggestions which, if put into operation at the right earnest will bring further improvement in the deprived regions.

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Resolving PIA problems

By Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui
Courtesy & Thanks: Daily Dawn, 20th June 2008
When breaking news splashed on a local TV channel yesterday that ‘PIA has suffered over period of five years’ accumulated losses of 42.5 billion’, I was not at all surprised, but certainly it sadden me a lot. An organization, which once upon a time, used to be pride of nation because of its efficiency and excellent service it provided in the entire region.  Some countries even hired its experts and professionals and established their airlines. Nevertheless mismanagement of past two decades has converted the same as a white elephant an added burden on nation’s economy and conscience as well.
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A gypsy journalist

I am a gypsy journalist wandering the planet like a gypsy. I love the way gypsies live and they explore the world. I am proud to be a “Gypsy Journalist”. Sometimes I find dead whales on Arabian Sea or partly crocodile in the city like Karachi and sometimes I am writing about historical building of the city of open museums, Karachi . Currently, I am working on my next book “Ashes of Karachi”. I love to wonder around world and bring you new legendary stories and share my observations. Though I am gypsy, but I am attached with a Karachi based English paper. Photo by Shahzad Shah Jilani

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We want protection and preservation of our heritage, culture, and language

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

All the points mentioned below apply to Pakistan and all four provinces. Corrupt officials, bad landlords, ruthless jagirdars, and corrupt politicians are not unique to Sindh. To a greater or lesser degree, these exist in other provinces and other countries. So what makes it unique to talk about Sindhi interest. The following are few things that explain the Sindhi interests that only apply to Sindhis:

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IInd Shaikh Ayaz International Conference on Language and Literature

We are pleased to announce that 2nd Shaikh Ayaz International Conference on Language and Literature (SAICLL) is going to be held in Nov 7-10, 2008 falling in line with UN mission. This year-2008 in which the UN proclaims the current year as an “International Year of Languages, in effort to promote Unity in Diversity and Global understanding through Languages ”.

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Lawyers’ movement & Sindhiat: Patriotism last refuge of a scoundrel?

by Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Opposition to the glorious lawyers’ movement for justice in the name of Sindhiat or due to any other nationalistic considerations is a serious crime in my eyes and it borders on naked racism. I think minority nations/nationaliti es in Pakistan need justice and democracy more than anyone else.

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What is in Sindh’s interest?

By Ali Nawaz Memon

A debate is going on if the lawyers march is in Sindhi interest. This raises a simple question in my SIMPLE mind. What is in Sindhi interest?

Some have argued that some elements of Sindh have fooled people of Sindh for too long in the name of being Sindhi. For example:

1. Corrupt Sindhi officials from Secretaries, DC, SP police down to clerks and policemen. They dare not touch powerful Sindhi individual or non-Sindhis in Sindh. But they will charge every ordinary Sindhi. When some daring sindhi journalist speaks up against them, we try to protect our few remaining “sindhi officials”.

2. Corrupt landlords who regularly provide protection to thieves and dacoits. Most analysts tell us that law and order in Sindh is controlled and ruined in Sindh because of this group. Similarly, no one will dare to invest big amount in rural thanks to this group. Is it in Sindhi interest to protect these people?

3. Jagirdars and huge landowners who all got their lands for loyalty and pimping to British or subsequent brown babus. Should this jagirdari be abolished? We are afraid whether it will be in Sindhi interest.

4. Corrupt Sindhis politicians who are always available to join military governments. We have seen these individuals and families who have appeared and reappeared. They rob Sindhis and obey every command of their non Sindhi bosses. Is it in Sindhi interest to speak up and punish these “Sindhi leaders”?

5. Corrupt politicians who steal in every elected government, who charge for every appointment, posting and transfer, every award of public contract. Yes, every! We get tired of military rulers and are fooled by promises of democratic Sindhi politicians. But Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttos and Benazir Bhuttos of this world get murdered. But these democratic Sindhi politicians remain and behave exactly the same way as they did last time.

Will they save Sindh from Kalabagh or get larger NFC award for Sindh? Some think that larger resources when obtained in the name of Sindh, go to the pockets of their “friends”. Is it in Sindhi interest to protect them?

Yes, I know that 100% of officials, landlords or politicians do not fall in that category. But most or at least many do.

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS IN SINDHI INTEREST AND WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PROTECT SINDHI INTEREST.

Remembering Benazir Bhutto – An eyewitness account of Conditions in Balochistan after her assassination

She walked with us bare foot during her last visit of Balochistan

by: Khalid Hashmani

Washington D.C.—The “Justice and Democracy in Pakistan” forum organized an event to meet renowned writer and analyst Jawaid Bhutto, who was visiting Pakistan, when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. The event was held on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at a local restaurant.

Jawaid Bhutto obtained his Master’s degree from Belgrade-based Sofia University and has taught at the International Relations department of Sindh University for several years. He began by saying that his primary purpose to visit small towns and villages of Sindh and Balochistan was to recognize the changes that may have occurred in him on account of living in the Western world for the past eight years, away from his homeland.

On the dreadful day of December 27, 2007, Jawaid Bhutto was visiting Dr. Abdullah Jan, who is the Dean of Balochi Literature at the Balochistan University in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. They had just exchanged pleasantries for few minutes, when a few persons knocked the door of Dr. Jan’s house and informed him about the sad news that Benazir Bhutto, who was the last hope of millions of people of Pakistanis had been assassinated. Within few minutes of receiving the news, the electricity went off, shutting down television that they had just turned on. They switched to a battery-operated radio, but for some reason, that too was not giving any details as to what was happening in Pakistan. Soon, they learnt that there were no taxis, rickshaws, or other modes of transportation playing on city roads were closed and that angry mourners had shutdown everything in Quetta.

Jawaid ended up staying at Dr. Jan’s residence for three days before he could venture out and get to his hotel. During those three days, local Baloch visited Dr. Jan several times but all the news they brought was based on heresy. At the hotel, Jawaid soon learnt that there were no trains going to Sindh and other parts of Pakistan. There were no petrol stations that were open for other form of land transportation and the airport was closed. He was stranded in Quetta for ten days when a friend offered to drive him to Shikarpur, Sindh (about 200 miles away).

Trains that had left Quetta few hours earlier were forced to return back to Quetta. The trains that had left earlier got stranded in various cities and towns in Sindh and Balochistan. In acts similar to 1987, people had removed tracks in many places with bare hands.

They traveled on one of a major highway, which is normally heavily traveled. They were immediately taken back by the emptiness of the road as they seldom saw any other vehicle on the road. While trailing, they saw many burned gas stations, government buildings, railway stations, and police stations. Soon they made a stop at “Dera Allahyar”, which many people know as “Teople Dera” for “Temple Dera”. Upon reaching the town they went to the house of a non-political and traditional tribal elder man, who was a distant family relative of his friend who was driving him to Shikarpur. The elder said that in spite of him wanting to stop the destruction of property, he could not do much as he found his own sons, daughters, nephews, and nieces were participating in the carnage. The people of the area were extremely angry at the loss of Benazir Bhutto and felt that the country had become too cruel and not worth saving.

As they traveled through another town “Bhag”, they observed the similar expressions of grief and resulting anger in form of the destroyed, trucks, trailers, buildings and railway stations. Some people they met in Bhag were crying and reciting the stories about Benazir Bhutto’s recent visit to their town, just few days ago. They pointed out the spot, where she had addressed the people of town from a truck.

Everywhere, as he traveled from Quetta to Shikarpur, the only topics that people were talking about whether the Pakistan would survive after Benazir’s assassination and who killed her and who was behind her killing. The opinions were diverse but there was a consensus on one thing that … and General Musharaaf were behind her killing as they would be the primary beneficiaries of her death. No one was blaming religious elements as not a single mulla or madrassa was attacked. Some political pundits and commentators blamed Al-Quaida or Taliban for her assassination. But no one at least in rural Sindh and Balochistan bought that theory. Even today, many blame … and cite the swiftness of authorities to clean the crime scene as an evidence of their involvement.

In response to a question, Jawaid Bhutto said he did not meet any one who indicated suspicion in Asif Zardari but he observed that political enemies of Benazir Bhutto had started maligning Zardari.

Much of the damage to government offices, railway tracks and gas stations was done by unemployed youth. It was neither instigated by PPP nor by intelligence services but was simply a reaction of exploited people, who have suffered a lot. The young persons in rural Sindh are very angry and frustrated with high poverty levels in their areas and had hoped that Benazir would do something to alleviate poverty in their areas. 43,000 people were arrested – most of them unemployed youth.

What was amazing that in spite of the spontaneous nature of their actions, protestors were very careful not to harm other people. Many from many adjacent villages brought bread, milk, and other food items and served meals to the stranded travelers. For three days, while train service remained suspended, people took care of those impacted by the suspension in travel. Not a single person appeared before the Human Rights Commission (HRCP) saying that any intentional harm was done to human life.

How to achieve Education, Industrialization, Technology, Peace, law and order in Sindh

By Munawar Soomro, Washington, USA

To many of us progress and development is only a government job and to some it is unachievable because government is not good. Due to inefficiency and unwillingness of our leaders it seems insurmountable task, whereas in fact it is not. No doubt government can do it relatively easily but believe me, if people don’t play their part, even government can’t do much.

There are only few things which need to be done to put people on the path of progress. Peace, law and order, education, industrialization and technology are some of the main ingredients for development. Government can help in all of those, but unless people participate themselves, honestly nothing can happen. Lets see one by one:

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My Country, My Life- Author:L K Advani

My Country My Life – an autobiography
By: L. K. Advani
(Formerly, Deputy Prime Minister of India and Presently, Leader of Opposition)
My Country, My Life is an extraordinary autobiography by a leading political personality of our times–L.K. Advani – which has been brought out by  Rupa Publishers this month in India (Number: ISBN 978-81-291-1363-4).This nearly thousand-page book presents a candid self-portrait to what Advani’s admirers and critics have always known him for: the gift for clarity of thought, strong convictions and forceful articulation.

The book begins with Advani’s account of an unbreakable bond between Sindh and India and tells as to how he had to abandon his homeland of Sindh which became a part of Pakistan after India was partitioned in 1947. Clearly, the pain of having to abandon the beloved homeland still remains and what lingers in Advani’s mind is the great heritage and history of Sindhi Society, its tolerance and inclusiveness, its Sufi culture

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HYDERABAD: Gypsies hail from Sindh, claims Dr Kazi

HYDERABAD, Sept 24: Noted scholar and linguist Dr N. B. G. Kazi has said that gypsies’ original home is the Rohri-Sukkur area from where they spread out to other countries of the world over centuries. Speaking at a lecture programme on “Gypsies or Sinti”, he said that he had reached the conclusion after a through research that gypsies first migrated from Sindh to the Middle East. In Europe, they came from Egypt thus being called gypsies. The lecture was organised by the Institute of Sindhology in Jamshoro.

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