“Naturaly, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of the country [establishment] who determines the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along with whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifist for lack of patriotism & exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
-‘Herman Goering‘, Hitler’s Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII
[Adopt from Aamir Raz’s Facebook]
by Sarwar Bari
Courtesy: The News, Monday, October 19, 2009
“This is a stronghold of Bijarani, Somroo, Jhakhrani, Oghai and Taighani sardars,” answered a handsome Sindhi villager who was sitting next to me on a charpai at a roadside restaurant on the Super Indus Highway, where we had stopped to have tea. My peculiar appearance (white beard, moustache and a ponytail) and interest in their issues caught the attention of others, who wanted to share their thoughts. In order to trigger a debate, I asked about the role of these tribal sardars in local development and their well being. No one had anything good to say about the sardars and the successive governments in which the former have played a major role. Almost everyone complained about their tyranny, and the lack of educational and health facilities. Among them was a teacher who said that it had been many years since a school was opened or upgraded in his taluka. In fact, most schools had become non-functional despite the swelling population.
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