Sindhi Topi & Ajrak : respect for all cultures of the world day

by: Zulfiqar Halepoto

On December 6th, 2009 Sindh and many other places of Pakistan and outside world were coloured with just one shed, the shed of respect for all cultures of the world and respect and love for Sindhi topi and ajrak.

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Washington Sindhis Celebrate Sindhi Topi Day

Washington Sindhis Celebrate Sindhi Topi Day and debate Issues and Opportunities faced by Sindhis

By Khalid Hashmani

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Washington, DC – Several Sindhis living in Washington, DC gathered at a local restaurant in Arlington to join their compatriots in Pakistan who celebrated Sindhi Topi (Cap) Day. The event was in reaction to malicious criticism of Pakistani President Asif Zardari, who wore a Sindhi cap while inspecting Guard of Honor in Afghanistan by some members of Pakistani media. Although, Mr., Zardari and the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) have lost much credibility among Sindhis, Mr. Zardari is himself of Sindhi origin. The attendees at the Washington DC moot, who wore Sindhi caps and Sindhi Ajraks (a traditional shawl worn by men either as turban or wound around shoulders, and women as shawl), attracted attention from other patrons of the restaurant. The Sindhi attendees proudly explained the purpose of the celebration and briefed them on Ajrak, a form of which was depicted in the excavations of a city that existed 5,000 years ago. The local Sindhis also discussed recent news from Sindh and debated strategies for protecting their culture, language, and identity.

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One so called ethnocentric anchor person’s statements on one urdu TV against Sindhi Topi has shaken the sensitive minds in Sindh. No matter we are from any ethnic group, being a non-Sindhi, I support the cultural response from Sindh. One urdu Tv channel speaks the opinion generated by the invisible forces that destabilize peace of country. We belong to varied ethnic groups in Pakistan and the sustainability of the country depends on co-existence. Such elements should be criticized publicly.

Ali Ahmed Nawaz, PhD. Student, University of Aberdeen, UK.