by Jamil Hussain junejo
Fisherfolk forum held a joyful Match Kachahari on the bank of Nareri Lake in South of Badin City near Arabian Sea. Match Kachahari (Chat around wooden fire) is a traditional form of Kachahari (discussion) accompanied with Songs, poetry and traditional dance in night time in winter. Nareri where kachahari was made is a historical lake which is Declared Ramsar Site. It spread on about Eleven thousand Acres.
Hundreds of fishermen both male and female participated in Kachahri. They performed dance and sang Sindhi folk songs paying tribute to Moriro a classical character of fisher community. “Such blend of activity was really exciting for every one.
The Match Kachahri on Nareri Lake had two fold special purposes behind it. “Cyclone in 1999 and destruction brought by Left Bank Out fall Drain (LBOD) and ultimate poverty have resulted in loss of our traditions. Therefore, Match Kachahari here is aimed at reviving the traditional values”said Sajjan Mallah, resident of Nareri Lake. The devastating cyclone in 1999 and stoppage of fresh water into lake has made most parts of the lake barren. Fish stock has decreased and biodiversity has declined. Owing to little measure of water, Migratory birds has stopped to come into lake. “Once the Beautifull Lake has lost its charm and diversity” said Muhammd Ali Shah, Chairperson of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum. ”Our pleasure have also flied away along with birds “said Umar Mallah with grief,a local fisherman of Nareri lake.
An other Purpose behind the Kachahari on lake was to show solidarity with fishermen of lake who are threatened by contractors.Owing to surplus water in rivers during recent flood, little volume of water released into the river. As a result fish stock has begun to pile up. Therefore, now local fishermen are threatened by the contractors .“Fertilty process of lake has evoked greed into influential contactors who want to garb our historical right of fishing”said Qasim Mallah,a resident of the lake .
“Despite the fact the contract system on fresh water bodies in Sindh is abolished by Sindh government through a notification in 2007 and declared illegal by Supreme Court through a suo motto notice in 2009, contractors are using various vile ploys to control the water bodies”said Mithan Mallah, a fisherman.
Match Kachahri lasted till morning and ended with the pledge that tradional values will be revived and contractors will be not be allowed to occupy the water bodies.