Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009
by: FEROZE A. URSANI, Swansea, IL, USA
America, and indeed the world, today has lost a great fighter for their rights. Senator Kennedy in his five decades in the US Senate authored hundreds of pieces of legislation which played a major role in uplifting the lives of the have nots in this country, and played at times a pivotal role in extending these rights of the imperialistically subjugated peoples the world over.
We, Sindhi-Americans have also lost a great voice for us in the US Senate. His role in the special caucus arranged in Chicago by Dr Bhatti, SANA’s former President Dr Bhatti, which made it possible to bring to light the infamous “activism” of the US Consular staff in Karachi to bring MQM to the US, in the eighties, is well known and appreciated by us here. Senator Kennedy was resolutely in the corner of the people the world who struggled for their sovereign rights within a country. This was clearly evident in his open support of the Irish peoples struggles against British imperialism in the eighties, and then his part in getting the Irish get a fair deal in the George Mitchell brokered peace talks in the UK in the nineties. Senator Kennedy also was a friend of immigrants here, as we all are, and stood for their rights, as evidenced by his co-sponsored bill with John McCain. And above all, he led a fight to make sure that health coverage was a right rather than a privilege of all Americans. Like all Americans, we Sindhi-Americans also mourn the passing away of a great American.