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The Lives of Others

By Munawar Ali
I watched a German movie about the state hegemony in the former German Democratic Republic. In which they show how the writers and artists were persecuted who wanted to talk truth against the state. People have been portraying communism and communist states as part of Heaven. The fall of Soviet Union and other socialist empires has now revealed how heinous and dictatorial rule was, under those communist czars. No privacy no freedom at all, you have to accept whole state crap if you want to live there and you cannot get out either. I think this was one of the main reasons of the fall of communist bloc.
We have been talking about trimming of personal freedom in USA lately. If you look back little into the past socialist and communist countries, you would not even find the word freedom. Everything was state controlled even personal life was considered state property. In the name of socialism and communism state took away all freedom from people and made them slaves of state police, talking against state was worst than sin and could cost life.

I really think that the people who still consider those dictators and police states as their ideal, they live in an ideal world which is not real. BTW name of the movie is “The Lives of Others”

7 November, 2008

Courtesy: Munawar Ali and Sindhi lists

266 Urs : Shah Latif a Source of Awakening

Shah Latif Bhitai is varstile poet, his content, language, diction, heroes, characters, every thing is rich and beautiful, such programs like celebrating Latif-Day offers a chance to establish connection between Bhitai and the people. Latif is always refreshing and inspiring, alas, lot of people have given up reading him, he is our greatest strength, a sole source of awakening, spread light into stagnant minds of our people.

He not only depicts Sindh, its culture, past but gives an inspiration for change, “Wethan ta waree wary“, several one liners of his poetry are remarkable, one hardly finds such a wide-ranging observations, wisdom and reflecting on diverse things. Bhitai, though a son of Sindh, not lived in era of globalization and communication revolution, but he truly encompass universe in his poetry.

SAAEIN SADAAEIN KAREIN MATHE SINDH SUKKAR

DOST MITHAA DILDAAR AALAM SAB AABAD KAREIN

SHAH ABDUL LATIF

Translation – May Lord bless Sindh along with entire world.

Women’s health- may be iron deficient!

Do you often feel weak or irritable? Tired of being tired most of the time? Are you pale, tired and lack  appetite? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you easily catch colds? Cracked skin around your mouth? Do you have dark circles under the eyes? Then you may be iron deficient and you need boost your iron levels. This may help- Consume washed fresh dark green vegetables, eat fresh fruits and the foods that are rich in Iron or multi-vitamins with iron supplements.

Will Sindhu River disappear forever from the soil of Sindh??

By Gul Karamchand
…True, the Songs of Rg Veda, the world’s first and foremost literature, echo and re-echo as they sing with ecstasy and delight of Sindhu River Here is one verse out of many: “Sindhu’s roar rises high above the earth, right up to the heavens above. . . Sindhu leads all other rivers just as a warrior-king leads the rest of warriors . . . Rich in fine steeds is Sindhu; Rich in gold; nobly fashioned is Sindhu; rich in ample wealth is Sindhu.

But the Question does arise : Do we know the destiny of Sindhu River? Or to put this question simply: How Long will Sindhu River continue to flow through Sindh? Or, is it fated to disappear in the near future? Will my grand children, and yours, visiting Sindh, be able to view this once- great and majestic river

For the Rg-Vedic poets, the rivers par excellence were the Sindhu and Saraswati which are mentioned repeatedly, respectfully and glowingly in the Vedas. In fact, no other river has been mentioned in Rg Veda as often as Sindhu and Saraswati. The Veda refers to the Ganga (Ganges) only twice, but it makes as many as thirty references to the Sindhu and Saraswati Rivers. The mighty Sindhu (Indus) river symbolizes the power and permanence of the ancient civilization of the subcontinent which evolved over a period of thousands of years. It is the oldest name in Indian history – and in Indian geography. This is the great Sindhu that gave Sindh and Hind — its name. In Ramayana, Sindhu is referred to as “Mahanadi”, which means “the great mighty river”. In Mahabharat, the Sindhu is reverentially mentioned along with other two holy rivers -Saraswati and Ganga.

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Quit Smoking: 7 Tips to make quitting easier

One BIG reason why it’s hard to kick the habit

People start smoking for lots of reasons. But it’s nicotine addiction that can make it so hard to quit. Almost immediately, you feel a rush as the nicotine takes hold. But soon after, you feel down and tired, causing you to crave that rush again. It becomes a vicious cycle.

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The Four Noble Truths

When dawn came, Prince Siddhartha had become the great Buddha, the Enlightened One, and formulated the Four Noble Truths on which all of Buddhism is based; 1. that suffering is universal and inevitable, 2. that the immediate cause of suffering is desire, 3. that there is a path leading to freedom from suffering, 4. that it is the Eightfold Path that leads to freedom from suffering.

And the Eightfold Path is as: 1. Right (balanced) View or Understanding, 2. Right Aim or Purpose, 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Action, 5. Right Livelihood, 6. Right Effort, 7. Right Mindfulness, 8. Right concentration.

Baba Farid- The intellectual developments of 12th century Punjab and rise of Sufism

People’s history of the Punjab: Baba Farid
by Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com
Every invasion of historical proportion resulting in prolonged occupation of territory results in reconfiguration of the intellectual discourse and state of knowledge in society. Mahmud Ghaznavi’s several incursions triggered the process which led to the reorientation of intellectual and scholarly pursuits, and the formalisation of the Punjabi language in the Punjab.

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Save Indus river – with out it Sindh is lost

Following is the portion of Idrees Rajput’s article published in Sindhi Daily Kawish, dated June 26, 2009

scindhThe prosperity of Sindh is closely linked with Indus and it is apparently due to this reason, that Sindh is so sensitive, if anyone interferes with the Indus River. Indus water in the body of Sindh is considered as vital as blood is for a human body. So long the Indus was not interferes with, Sindh remained in healthy growth. Unfortunately two thick leeches (Indus links) were stuck very recently to the body of Indus when Sindh was not aware of them. Again the deterioration in the health of Sindh depends upon the sucking programme of these leeches. There is every danger that, if they suck too much, Sindh is liable to be turned in to a desert specially when these links are beyond the boundary of sindh, beyond its control of operation and even observation, very recently when we were short of water, the Taunsa-Panjand link was opened and the water was transferred from the Indus to the Tributary Zone and the water was transferred from the Indus to the Tributary Zone without regard to our historic rights of even basic allocations just to meet certain higher level of uses of the Punjab canals. It is mainly due to this reason that Sindh considers any misdirected or without effective control, operation of Indus links, so hazardous for its very survival.

Pakistan- Sindh: Drought and disaster in Thar

Droughts in Thar

Thar Desert is once again in grip of severe drought, food shortage, mortality and morbidity rate is high …..and there is no way for Thri souls except to migrate …..This is also not a solution but expose innocent Thari to unforeseen troubles …. .. Cold response of authorities concerned and politicians is there……. there is no effective policy to manage the said disaster, calamity  and suffering souls of Thar.
Thar isn’t mean Tharparkar Distt but parts falling in Umerkot Distt, Khipro Tehsil of Sanghar Distt and Nara of Khairpur Distt.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, 14 November, 2008

Onion helps reduce allergies and asthma

Raw onion is a good source of Quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavoniod and antioxidant compound. It has anti-inflammatory actions. The compound Quercetin is also helps to reduce the allergies. Quercetin is found naturally in the onion especially in the red outer layers of onion. Quercetin is a compound which counter the allergic chemical histamine. Quercetin has anti-inflammation properties therefore, it helps to reduce the severity of asthma.

A Difficult Judgment

In a small town in the southern US, a person decided to open up his Bar, right opposite to the Baptist Church. The Baptist Church’s congregation started a campaign to block the Bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a lightning bolt struck the Bar and it was burnt to the ground.

The Baptist Church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the Bar owner sued the Baptist Church authorities on the grounds that the Baptist Church through it’s congregation’ s prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of his bar, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the Baptist Church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to the bar’s demise.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented:

I don’t know how I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork,

‘we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer’ and ‘we have an entire church and it’s congregation that doesn’t.’

Toxic Signs of Liver

If you have symptoms like Frequent coughs, Sinus, Stuffy nose, Exhaustion, lethargy, fatigue, a tendency to colds and flu, poor memory, mental dullness etc and over weight than probably you might have toxic overload liver or colon problem. To get rid of toxics from your liver. Eat green leafy vegetables and fruits. Such as cabbage, cauliflower, beets, orange, lemon, lime, garlic onions, radish, fiber and lot of water. Avoid sugar and all its relatives.

Poverty

While rich nations become richer, billions of people live in extreme poverty with short brutal lives. The moral challenge of our times is to eliminate extreme poverty. We need to steadily transform our world so that, by the end of the century. All nations should reach a decent literacy rate and adequate levels of employment.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which body cannot properly store and use glucose- the body’s energy source. Body uses insulin to tap into energy. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin or produce too little. Those with Type 2 diabetes can’t use the insulin the body makes. Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in all over the world today and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed every year.

Sindhi language has not been given its historical status in Pakistan

Islamabad establishment is continuously denying the historical status of Sindhi language in Pakistan

By Shakeel Nizamani, Calgary, Alberta
Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minster of Canada, was a charismatic, bold and brilliant leader. He as a prime minister made it compulsory for bureaucrats to learn French not only in the Quebec province but in all of Canada. He said something like this “you have a choice not to learn French and we don’t have to hire you as a civil/military/govt  servant.” While Sindhi language has not been given its historical status in Pakistan but at the same time it is continuously denied in its own homeland Sindh.

Cops learn Sindhi language in India

Cops learn Sindhi to bridge communication gap
Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 12:39:10 PM
by Alka Joshi, Mumbai
Courtesy: MumbaiPulses
In an attempt to reduce communication gap, police personnel from Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur are learning Sindhi. The classes that started sometime back now have 40 students from seven police stations of Zone IV, crime branch and the traffic police.

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Diet may help to control Aids!

Why are some people with Aids (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) actually HIV- negative? The old traditional wisdom tells that a healthy person easily resists foreign invaders, while a weak one is susceptible to almost every thing. Based on this philosophy a healthy diet is an important to control the Aids.
Fresh washed vegetables are rich in several vitamins, mineral and antioxidants. Raw vegetable and fruits are good source of enzymes. Vitamin C and E work together as a team to fight with free radicals to save us from a damage to our system. Aids patients need considerable amounts of vitamin C to build immunity to protect against the infection. Vitamin C stimulates white cell activity and helps the cells to surround viruses, different studies supports vitamin Cs ability to inhibit the replication of HIV and other pathogenic microorganisms. This may help: Taking 1 gram (1000 mg) vitamin C five times a day everyday may helps not to spread Aids quickly. The human friendly bacteria which found in yogurt help rebuild the micro flora in the intestine that have been weakened by repeated antibiotic. Therefore, yogurt has immune- boosting effects. Garlic has great antiviral properties; it works as a natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal. It has proven effectiveness again viruses such as herpes I, II, and shingles because of its ability to suppress human cytomegalovirus in vitro it may work against HIV virus. Garlic helps to protect from free radical damage and it eliminate toxins from the system. Garlic is contains allicin. Allicin compound is an antibacterial and antiviral agent. Vitamin B complex  daily is important for building up red blood cells and activating natural killer cells. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant to help increase the cell’s antiviral capabilities. Magnesium and Zinc are trace minerals. Several studies show that the supplement of 10 mg of Magnesium and 05 mg of Zinc improves immune function of the body.  And the juice of greens or fresh vegetables such as Carrots, beets, garlic, ginger, lemons, and bitter melon is a good and may help to reduce spreading Aids. Try not to consume sugar and sugar products, Cake and cookie products, and white flour products because it literally feed the virus to grow quickly. Eat deep water fish. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of crystal clean fresh water.

An apologist and fearful PPP

by: Khalid Hashmani, USA

An apologist, fearful, and hapless PPP

1. PPP appears to be unsure about its future. Their actions reflect uncertainties and the actions of its leaders tend to focus on short term personal gains rather than securing strategic and long-term gains for their constituents as opposed to MQM that is constantly striving to please its community. PPP spends more time in apologizing to other parties (PML-N or MQM) instead of thinking about how to make their rule more effective to serve their constituencies and Pakistan.

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Sindhi Civil Society’s demands from the PPP

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
More Criticism of PPP from Sindhi Civil Society
More and more Sindhi Civil Society groups and individuals are expressing their dissatisfaction with present government and its unwillingness or inability to bring the promised relief to Sindhis. PPP may may be under delusion that their Sindhi constituents will forget and forgive the continued saga of injustices. However, the indications are that Sindhis are re-evaluating their trust in PPP and Pakistan for fairness and justice. It appears that they will elect new leaders and vote for new political parties unless PPP starts listening to their Sindhi constituents. I have extracted few key demands/grievances that were included in a set of 34 points in an e-mail issued in the name of Civil Society.

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Vitamin B, C & E

Vitamin B helps brain synthesize neurotransmitter which effect mood & thinking, helps reduce harmful homo cysteine level. Vitamin C a powerful antioxidant which enhance immune system and help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers. Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant which stabilizes cell remembrance, may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer. It is better to take vitamins as Multiple vitamin as a team in this way they help balance our frequently poor diets.

The Signs of Insulin Resistance/ Metabolic problem

Elevated triglycerides and cholesterol level, Gastrointestinal problems, Heart trouble, high blood pressure, difficulty to lose weight, Obesity, irregular menstrual periods, food allergies, uncontrollable eating, feel sleepy after an hour of eating, and anxiety.

This may help- Stop consuming Refine carbohydrates ( such as – Sugar and Sugar products, refine flour and white bread products), Eat whole  wheat bread, fiber, take vitamin B- complex and 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, eat fresh washed vegetables.