Senator Edward M. Kennedy – Sindhi-Americans have lost a great voice in the US Senate

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

by: FEROZE A. URSANI, Swansea, IL, USA

America, and indeed the world, today has lost a great fighter for their rights. Senator Kennedy in his five decades in the US Senate authored hundreds of pieces of legislation which played a major role in uplifting the lives of the have nots in this country, and played at times a pivotal role in extending these rights of the imperialistically subjugated peoples the world over.

We, Sindhi-Americans have also lost a great voice for us in the US Senate. His role in the special caucus arranged in Chicago by Dr Bhatti, SANA’s former President Dr Bhatti, which made it possible to bring to light the infamous “activism” of the US Consular staff in Karachi to bring MQM to the US, in the eighties, is well known and appreciated by us here. Senator Kennedy was resolutely in the corner of the people the world who struggled for their sovereign rights within a country. This was clearly evident in his open support of the Irish peoples struggles against British imperialism in the eighties, and then his part in getting the Irish get a fair deal in the George Mitchell brokered peace talks in the UK in the nineties. Senator Kennedy also was a friend of immigrants here, as we all are, and stood for their rights, as evidenced by his co-sponsored bill with John McCain. And above all, he led a fight to make sure that health coverage was a right rather than a privilege of all Americans. Like all Americans, we Sindhi-Americans also mourn the passing away of a great American.

One thought on “Senator Edward M. Kennedy – Sindhi-Americans have lost a great voice in the US Senate”

  1. In a life that is littered with ironies, here’s the biggest one of all: His three older brothers – Joe, Jack and Bobby – are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or “vigah”). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

    His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let’s be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

    Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

    An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.

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    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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