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Baba Guru Nanak’s 541st birthday anniversary celebrates in Sindh

The festivities of 541 birthday of ”Baba Guru Nanak Devji”, the first Sikh Guru who spread the message of peace, equality, brotherhood and communal harmony has celebrated by tens of hundreds Sindhi male and female devotees at Swaminarayan Mandir, Karachi, Sindh by offering prayers. The participants were served with drinks, juices and sweets.

The procession of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji was remained within the premises of Swaminarayan Mandir. The Holy book of Guru Granth Sahib was beautifully decorated with flowers. Sindhi devotees danced on the beats of drums & they were chanting slogans Jo Boley So Nehal & Wahay Guru Gi Ki, Fateh. They recite the holy book Guru Granth Sahib in Gurmukhi but they recite bajans and threw light on the teachings of Baba Guru Nanak ji in Sindhi language and asked devotees to follow the teachings of Baba Guru Nanak Devji which are very relevant in these days. The  strict security measures were taken by Sindh police to avoid any untoward incident.

For video and more details :- BBC urdu

BBC video about Sikh culture and Nanakana Sahib

SINDH FESTIVAL – NOV 25- 28 AT ARTS COUNCIL KARACHI

Arts Council  ( Near Sindh Assembly Building) Karachi Sindh has planned a 4 day Sindh festival covering Society, Language and Literature in Sindhi on Thu, Fri, Sat & Sunday, 25,26,27 & 28 November 2010. It has planned various things including Literary, cultural and heritage sessions and sittings. You are requested to please keep your four days free  for memorable festival events and make Arts Council Karachi-Sindh  a centre of Excellence for Culture and literary sessions.
IN DIFFERENT SESSIONS WE DISCUSS AND REVIEW THE SINDHI SOCIETY : 1. SINDHI LANGUAGE ITS IMPACTS ON OTHER LANGUAGES AND OTHERS ON SINDHI LANGUAGE,  2. SINDHI POETRY, 3. SINDHI STORIES, 4. SINDHI TRAVELOGUE WRITERS, 5. SINDHI NOVELISTS, 6. EXPERTS ON SHAH LATEEF, SHAH INAYAT, SACHAL SARMAST  7. EXPERT ON COMPUTERS, 8. EXPERTS ON LANGUAGE, 9. EXPERTS IN MEDIA, TV CHANNELS, FM RADIOS,  10. HANDICRAFTS, 11. VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES 12. ARCHEOLOGY &THERE WOULD BE BOOK LAUNCHINGS.
1. BOOK FAIR, 2. PAINTING EXHIBITIONS, 3. BOOK STALLS , 4. SINDHI COOKING, 5. SINDHI MUSIC
All Publishers and Publishing Houses including : Sindh University Press, Sindhology, Sindhi Language Authority,  Sindhika, Roshni Publishers and all others are requested to come for Book Stalls for their Company/ Organizations.  Arts council would provide place, Tables, Covers, Electricty, Free of Cost.

Dalit dog – by Dr Manzur Ejaz

A distinction should be made between feudalism as an economic phenomenon and feudal culture, which can retain its grip for a very long time; the feudal culture can survive or take other forms long after the economic base has been changed from feudalism to industrialisation

According to a BBC report, in Madhya Pradesh, India, a dog named Shero was thrown out by his owner, Amrat Lal, because he was fed by a Dalit (untouchable) woman, Sunita. Further, the donating Dalit was fined Rs 15,000 by the village panchayat (court) for feeding the dog of a higher caste Rajput Hindu. Now the poor dog has been left tied to a tree in a predominantly Dalit area and Ms Sunita has lodged a complaint in the police station against the village court and the matter is being handled by the authorities. …

Read more >> WICHAAR

Indus : The “Great Mother”

Will the Pakistan floods strike again?

By Howard Falcon-Lang

The recent floods in Pakistan’s Indus Valley are of truly Biblical proportions. …

The “Great Mother”

The Indus is one of the world’s great rivers.

From its headwaters in the Himalayas of Tibet, it flows north-west through India before turning sharply south across Pakistan. It finally discharges into the Arabian Sea, a journey of some 3,200km (2,000 miles). ….

… ..During a warm period 6,000 years ago, the Indus was a monster river, more powerful and more prone to flooding than today.

Then, 4,000 years ago, as the climate cooled, a large part of it simply dried up. Deserts appeared whether mighty torrents once flowed.

Professor Clift believes that this failure of the Indus may have triggered the collapse of the great Harappan civilisation.

The city ruins of Mohenjo-daro, a relict of this lost culture, date from the time when the rivers ran dry. …

To read full article >> BBC Science & Environment

The real question

by: Prof. Dr. Gul Agha

… and Americans continue to debate how to handle the challenge of a small percentage of the population who have come illegally, but in Sindh, the real question is whether the migrants will ever consider giving “amnesty” to those Sindhis who have decided to continue to live in Sindh. In Sindh, the migrants have already imposed their language and religion on Sindhis, it seems like they may consider giving amnesty only after Sindhis give up their language and culture entirely!…

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, June 24, 2010

India – Pakistan : people on both sides don’t want zero-sum game

by: Omar Ali

Some Indians are very conflicted about Pakistan (as much as some Pakistanis are conflicted about India) and want to see it destroyed or hurt or at least begging for mercy. That is a stupid idea because India (or any other country for that matter) cannot do that to 180 million people without paying a price. On the other hand, some Pakistanis are equally unrealistic: they think the best way to make India behave better towards Pakistan is for Pakistan to stick sharp things up India’s whatever until India begs for mercy. The problem is with the whole notion that either country can actually force their will on the other. The problem is solved once you realize that reasonable people on both sides don’t want this zero-sum game and if they cooperate instead of trying to make each other cry uncle, then things can improve dramatically and no one needs to get hurt. Lets see if common sense (that the two countries share living space, culture, history and destiny and one cannot thrive while the other starves) prevails or not…

Courtesy: CRDP, May 2, 2010

WHY THAR NEGLECTED SINCE PARTITION?

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

Please click here to watch Thar desert and the poor conditions of people
Thar means desert, barren and full of sand and mud heaps and mountains. Its history is very old and unaccountable. It starts from Badin at the Western and Southern side from Mirpur Khas at its Northern side, At its eastern side, it is the Indian territory .The last town at the Eastern Southern side is Nangar Parkar.

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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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3 more Sindhi short films ONLINE for FREE download

Report by: Asha Chand, Dubai

1. Pahinja Parawa, 2. Yaad Jee Sabti, 3. Uncle Sam

After the successful trial upload of our first Sindhi Telefilm, ‘Zahar Pyar Jo’, Sindhi Sangat now brings for all our viewers, 3 more Sindhi short films Online for FREE Viewing, or Download — http://www.sindhisangat.tv All telefilms are with subtitles in English. 1. Pahinja Parawa, 2. Yaad Jee Sabti, 3. Uncle Sam

We have received support from Sindhi Sponsors from all over the world, including Dubai , Mumbai, Hongkong and the Carribeans. It is of course with the support of our esteemed sponsors that such projects are possible and we look forward to greater support in the near future. Please forward this link to all your near and dear ones, anyone who is a Sindhi. With the convenience of subtitles, everyone can view, enjoy and understand fully these Sindhi short films! These telefilms have been telecast on Doordarshan (Indian TV Channel) and KTN in Sindh recently. Now we bring all these to you on your home computer and Television. Watch it online, Download it, Make DVDs and pass it on. Do as you please but spread the word, because together we can promote our Sindhi language, and preserve our Sindhi culture and IDENTITY.

Sindhisangat team – www.sindhisangat.com

Dedicated to promotion of Sindhyat, Sindhi Language, Culture and Heritage. For Sindhi Films & Music Videos www.sindhisangat.tv

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Sollywood – Sindhi film industry striving hard to revive Sindhi culture

Sindhi film industry striving hard to revive fading culture – by: Leena Mulchandani

–  The Economics Times

About 25 years ago Mangharam Harwani, founder of the $7-billion Denmark-based Sunico group saw a Sindhi musical programme on a VHS cassette (it was the age of VHS!) and the memory of that programme stayed with him as he built his business over the years. Financial success only sharpened that memory and Harwani yearned to do something so as to revive the fading culture of his community in some way. Films, he thought, were what lured the youth and so he decided to produce a Sindhi film – Pyar Kare Dis: Feel The Power of Love in 2007.

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Sindhi Radio Program in Huston, USA

Houston Sindhi community once again starting a Sindhi program on local radio (http://www.kgol1180am.com/) 1180 AM starting from tomorrow Sunday 03-01-09 (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm) Central time. It is a volunteer based program & will promote Sindhi language, culture & its traditions. Tomorrow is just a introduction but from 03-08-09 will be a fully prepared program. All of Houston, Austin & san Antonio including Beaumont should be able listen the program.

Remembering Tajal Bewas

Culture Department has organized a reference and Mushairo to remember one of Sindh’s famous poet Tajal Bewas today at Liaqat Library, near PTV Station Karachi at 4 pm on 31-01-2009. Leading Sindhi poets and writers will share their litrary contribution. Though it is short notice but please do come to pay tribute to Tajal’s literary contribution.

Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palejo Pledges to protect Sindh’s heritage

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Let us thank Mohatarma Sassui Palejo for her resolve to preserve and protect the heritage Sindh in spite of an unholy alliance of enemies of Sindhi heritage. Let us assure her of our full support in her efforts to promote Sindhi culture.

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How Sindh will survive economically, politically, and culturally in the next 100 years

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

The article of New York Times pertains to extremely important development that could impact how Sindh survives economically, politically and culturally in next 100 years. Any thoughtless support or irrational opposition to the upcoming actions of the federal or provincial governments could be harmful to the interests of Sindh. In the immediate future, educated Sindhis should get prepared to collect data, analyze data, and take well thought-out and rational actions to safeguard long-term interests of Sindh. The news about the sale of substantial interests in the Qadirpur Gas field in Sindh and other assets of Sindh (the second largest Gas field Pakistan) has been in industry publications for couple of weeks. The following provides links and brief extracts from those news items:

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