Sindhi Culture under attack by Pakistani Media – Celebrate Sindhi Culture on December 6, 2009.
Let us join in the mass celebration of Sindhi culture on December 6 & renew our pledge to protect our language, culture, and identity.
President Zardari was seen wearing Sindhi cap proudly inspecting Guard of Honor in Kabul (Capitol of Afghanistan) on international media.
by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia
For many years, Pakistan’s exploiting class including Urdu and some English media have been engaged in a malicious propaganda against Sindhi culture and language. First, they and short-sighted custodians of Sindh destroyed Sindh’s education system which was once envy of other provinces. Their particular assault was against Sindhi-medium schools that has ultimately resulted in the closure of more 7,000 Sindhi-medium schools in Sindh. This conspiracy has succeeded so much that many of Sindh’s middle class and upper middle class parents send their children to only the English and Urdu medium schools. Seeing the success of this conspiracy, the enemies of Sindhi culture and language have now extended their assault against Sindhi dress and other cultural aspects.
Spearheading this attack are the anti-Sindhi urdu television reporters and anchors that took cheap shots against President Asif Zardari, who wore Sindhi cap (called Topi) together with other elements of Sindhi attire. They were particularly ired because Mr. Zardari was seen wearing Sindhi cap proudly inspecting Guard of Honor in Kabul (Capitol of Afghanistan) on international TV stations. Their blatant attack against the 5,000-old traditions of Sindh has awakened the sleeping Sindhi intellectual and educated class.
The cultural stewards have thus far been hibernating in denial, gently pushing other Sindhis to abandon Sindhi leaders and look towards non-Sindhi political groups that have only shown contempt for Sindhi culture and the respect Sindhis have for all religions of the world.
Sindhis all over the world are going to hold rallies and meetings next Sunday (December 6, 2009) to celebrate their cultural identity and to renew their pledge to protect their culture and language. The cynics among Sindhis await anxiously if the renewed appeals to protect Sindhi culture and traditions would result in some tangible progress or as usual they will go back to their old ways, once the political juice has been extracted.
Nevertheless, let us join in the mass celebration of Sindhi culture on Sunday (December 6) and renew our pledge to protect our language, culture, and identity.