Book review – Harvest Will Come (New Book by Iqbal Tareen)

A new book by an American of Sindhi-Pakistani origin is published. The book contains selected articles, correspondence and speeches of Mr. Tareen, who is a noted human rights, and political rights activist.  Mr. Tareen is former President of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) and founder President of Jeeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) (1960-70s). Mr. Tareen is current president of Washington based civic group called “Forum for Democracy and Justice in Pakistan” The book contains Mr. Tareen’s vision for Pakistan and Sindh, socio-economic and Political challenges that country and province face.

It also contains correspondence between him and Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, his few letters to US administration including Secretary of State, Chairman Senate Foreign Relations Committee and now VP Joe Biden, his speeches to different protest demonstration outside White House on democracy issues in Pakistan. The Book also reflects on his association with politicians of Sindh late GM Syed and Rasool Bux Palijo.

Book provides Writer’s excellent reflections on Sindh and his vision under several articles such as :

1. Sindh on the Threshold of 21th Century,

2. Sindh in the Eye of Terror,

3. Sindh Vision 2020,

4. US Sindhis Demand equity in Indus Commission,

5. 11 Guardians of Indus,

6. Chauvinism lurking out of Punjab,

7. Sindh is mother of Pakistan,

8. Government warned against division of Sindh

And the master piece of the book is valuable, thoughtful and beautiful article “Harvest will come” the title of the book, which is an excellent & refreshing analysis of change in modern history specially since 1820 to latest, how world has moved forward over the years, and writer believes “No matter how hard they try they cannot deny you dreams and hope. They might have stolen the day but tomorrow belongs to you.

Have faith, the harvest will come.

The Book is useful for those who have interest in Sindh’s Political issues, democracy in Pakistan and its American connections, also how does enlightened Pakistani Diaspora thinks of its own country.

For Contact Author Iqbal Tareen at iqbal.tareen@gmail.com

The real news from Pakistan

by: James Crabtree

Courtesy: Prospect, 23rd July 2009 — Issue 161

Ten years ago Pakistan had one television channel. Today it has over 100. Together they have begun to open up a country long shrouded by political, moral and religious censorship—taking on the government, breaking social taboos and, most recently, pushing a new national consensus against the Taliban. One channel in particular, Geo TV, has won a reputation for controversy more akin to America’s Fox News than CNN or Sky News. Some Pakistanis see it and its competitors as a force for progress; others as a creator of anarchy and disorder. Certainly, the channels now wield huge political influence in a country where half the population is illiterate. But their effect is now felt beyond Pakistan’s borders too—revealing an underappreciated face of globalisation, in which access to television news means that immigrant communities, and in particular Britain’s 0.7m Pakistanis, often follow events in their country of origin more closely than those of the country where they actually live.

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Book Review- Sindh and Challenges of 21st Century (New Book Published)

We would like to Thank Yousuf Sindhi, Secretary Sindhi Adabi Sanghat, for making publication of Naseer Memon’s above mentioned book possible. These are timely efforts of Adabi Sanghat. This is probably Naseer’s third book in series written in context of Sindh, these books which are mainly based on his well researched articles published in Sindhi newspapers and magazines, the issues that Naseer has identified, discussed and presented for debate are the real questions of today’s Sindhi society, politics, and economic development.
Some of the issues discussed in this new book are: 1. How Sindh has been left in Politico-economic areas. 2. New Challenges that World offers: What Sindh needs to do. 3. Today’s Sindh needs fundamental changes not short term benefits. 4. Strategy that can address question of political leadership vacuum. 5. Indicators of human development and question of equal opportunities. 6. Engulfed with anger and pain Sindh looks to future. 7. Peoples Party Should become choice not compulsion of people. 8. What role can Middle class play through media. 9. Sindh’s Parties: Election and Future of Sindh. 10. Superstitution based attitude: where it will take to Sindh. 11. Sindh’s changing social structure. 12. Is there a space for parliamentary politics for Sindh based parties. 13. Dictatorship goes off: time for extraordinary decisions. 14. Is nature the cause torrential floods?

Naseer has started the debate; he writes on issues which people often think but do not speak up and open up their minds, he takes the lead.
True he is capable of writing on these issues because he is a clear-headed person, a man who one finds always in moving, in action, doing and thus making difference, making his presence felt.
In last few years, through his writings Naseer has shown courage to question status quo parties, their limitations and how seriously Sindh’s struggle for salvation is handicapped.
Though he is not associated with any political party/group, but Sindh and its people remain his focus and concern. Sindh remains his canvas in which he high lights its black holes, inefficiencies, myths and goes to thinks outside the box. Though think kind of discourse is not new in Sindh, but his analysis of the situation and past is different and so are his answers. He gives hope and a way forward, which to him is feasible.
Unlike some other writers, he does not write in stream of conscious, he deliberates and does research, once something is written, he is always open for questions.
Naseer is a new voice of Sindh but not in isolation, he is continuity of other political writers, he is not tragedy of Shakespeare but talks about social contract of Rousseau, Politics, economy and change, socio-economic change are his areas through which he explains socio-economic and politico-cultural landscape of Sindh.
we believe, his book is worth to read.

Unjust NFC: Rich Sindh turns Poor: SDF Policy Paper

Unfair distribution of resources makes rich Sindh suffer: SDF

By Aziz Malik

HYDERABAD, July 31: Sindh is the richest province of the country, but the injudicious and inequitable distribution of financial resources forces its people to living in pervading poverty and misery, the Sindh Democratic Forum has said.

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The ashes of Sindhi Hindus can finally be immersed in the Ganga!

The ashes of Karachi Hindus can finally be immersed in the Ganga. But what of the mortal remains of Hindus in the rest of Pakistan?

By: Amar Guriro, Karachi, Sindh

Courtesy: Himal South Asian

More than sixty years after Partition, sealed borders and complicated visa procedures continue to separate thousands of families in India and Pakistan – even to impact the dead. Since the two countries tightened already-cumbersome visa procedures in the aftermath of the war of 1971, Pakistani Hindus have been unable to take the remains of loved ones for immersion in the Ganga at Haridwar.

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What is karachi City Police?

There is no Community police station in Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore, the other three provincial capitals of the provinces, why only in Karachi? Strange enough, Karachi Community Police was established through a notification by Arbab Government in 2007, further strange enough, SHC allowed City Government to use community police to regulate building controls, register FIRs against illegal building construction, it was meant to be teeth for city government and Karachi Building Control Authority, a lucrative enterprise for MQM controlled city government. Supreme Court does a big below to these plans, read following dawn story, published on Jan. 02, 09.

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1. No Breakfast – This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Smoking – It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

3. High Sugar consumption – Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.