Washington discussion on future of Sindhi speaking people

– Ali Nawaz Memon, USA, sindhhouse@hotmail.com

A group of concerned Sindhis gathered in a continuing series of meetings on Sunday December 14, 2008 to discuss future of Sindhi speaking people.  The participants included Sain Shafiq Siddiqui, Iqbal Tareen, Sarfraz Memon, Ali Nawaz Memon, Waseem Cahchar, Mansoor Quraishi, Fuad Qadri, Fahim Larik, Jabar Siddiqui. Each of the participants is a established professional as well as a very concerned Sindhi. The discussion was failry detailed. Here is a simplified short report. As always, there was some discussion of who is “Sindhi”. The defination was left to each participant. every participant was free to think of whoever they considered to be Sindhi speaking…

It was noted that there were many aspects to future of Sindhis. Survival and advancement of language, culture, community relations, law and order, economic advancement, political situation are just a few factors. However, for this discussion, we agreed to focus on economic development/ advancement for survival of Sindhis and their children.

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A Tribute to Tajal Baiwas

by Javed Qazi, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

The writer can be reached at: javedqazi68@yahoo.com

I don’t know, whether I say Tajal has died or he hasn’t. I don’t think a poet die. They just transform. He however has ceased to do poetry. Yes he had only one pen as he has said in his most famous poem. And that pen’s ink is over. His blood from the veins and his body which his beautiful mind used to necessarily have to call himself an existence, which used to let him cook prose and poetry for the land and aesthetic in a most beautiful language on earth, in a language my mother used to give me lullaby in nights.

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