Sundri Uttamchandani ( 28th Sep 1924-8th July 2013), was born in Hyderabd Sindh was the left to center progressive person, short story writer and novelist of Sindhi language in India. She had been writing continuously for last 4 decades. She had won Sahitya Akdemi Award and Maharashtra Gaurav Purskar and Akhil Bharat Sindhi Bboli.Continue reading Remembering Sundri Uttamchandani
Monthly Archives: September 2016
Japanese researchers help unravel mystery of the Indus civilization
KOJI KAMIYA, Nikkei staff writer
TOKYO — A five-year study by a Japanese research team could change the accepted view of the ancient Indus Valley civilization.
The study found that thousands of years ago, several cities in the Indus Valley, in what is today Pakistan and India, created a trade network that became a multicultural, multilingual civilization, and not a society founded on centralized authoritarian rule as previously believed. Many characteristics of this ancient civilization can be seen today in societies of southern Asia, and these links between the ancient and the modern are arousing researchers’ interest.
The fresh image of the Indus civilization is being painted by a team of researchers led by Professor Emeritus Toshiki Osada of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, which is based in Kyoto. The results of five years of research, known as the Indus Project, were published in October by the Kyoto University Press as “Indus: Exploring the Fundamental World of South Asia” and “The Riddle of the Indus Civilization,” both compiled by Osada.
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Karachi, Sindh was known to the ancient Greeks
The area of Karachi (ڪراچي) was known to the ancient Greeks by many names: ‘Krokola’ and ‘Morontobara’ port (probably the modern Manora Island near the Karachi harbour), from where Alexander the Great’s admiral Nearchus sailed for back home. The Arabs called it the port of Debal, from where Muhammad Bin Qasim led his conquering force into Sindh.Continue reading Karachi, Sindh was known to the ancient Greeks
Pre-Islamic history of the Middle East
The forgotten utopia: The Indus people may have lived for 700 years without war, weapons or inequality
The Indus civilisation lived across South Asia from 2600-1900 BC
Artefacts, such as jewellery, have been found, but not a single weapon
There is little evidence of a government, royalty or any other leader
Some experts have said it is impossible for Indus to have lived in this way
But until the Indus scripture has been translated, it is difficult to know
By SHIVALI BEST FOR MAILONLINE
Many believe the idea of a utopian society is an impossible fantasy.
But there may have been one mysterious, ancient group of people that was able to fulfil the dream of life without conflict or rulers.
Remains of the Indus civilisation, which flourished from 2600 to 1900 BC, show no clear signs of weapons, war or inequality.
This is according to Andrew Robinson. the author of ‘The Indus: Lost civilisations’, who has written an in-depth piece in the New Scientist.
‘All signs point to a prosperous and advanced society – one of history’s greatest,’ he writes.
The Indus Empire stretched over more than a million square miles across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges, over what is now Pakistan, northwest India and eastern Afghanistan.
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Why Dead Languages Like Akkadian Still Matter
I grew up hearing the Code of Hammurabi read out loud, in Akkadian, at the dining-room table. I did not know that my graduate-student mother was one of Akkadian’s few regular readers. The language of the ancient Akkad region, or modern-day Iraq, is considered a “dead language,” just like Ugaritic and Phoenician. All these dead tongues, however, fed into the Hebrew Bible, the most read book in history, and so they have a form of eternal life.
And so the language my mother read sounded familiar. Abum is like abba, the Hebrew word for father; imum like ima, or mother, and kalbum like kelev, or dog. For years I told myself that Akkadian, its strict legal code, and its dramatic descriptions of what would be done to losers in battle (hint: towering piles of body parts displayed for all to see) was my mother’s terrain, not mine. But the truth is that it is nearly impossible to avoid Akkadian’s influence on all of us.
Read more » Forward
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Fusion – Duma Dum Mast Qalandar
Watch the Music Video for Duma Dum Mast Qalandar (Let’s Give Love a Chance) from the upcoming bollywood movie Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor.
Pakistani scientists find 30 new genes that may cause intellectual disabilities
Study finds 30 new genes that may cause intellectual disabilities
ISLAMABAD: The number of children suffering from intellectual disabilities in Pakistan is increasing due to cousin marriages.
A study conducted by the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the United States and Radbound University in the Netherlands has found that 30 new genes have developed which are causing these disabilities.
In light of the study, recommendations will be sent to the government within a week for legislation that requires cousins to be screened before marriage.
The recommendations also include a proposal to ensure neonatal screening, which is already practiced in Europe and the US.
Neonatal screenings can identify conditions that could affect a foetus’ long term health or survival.
Early detection, diagnosis and intervention can prevent death or disability, and allow children to reach their full potential.
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Easter Island – Indus Valley Scripts
Amazing similarities between two distinct cultures separated by thousands of miles!