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Shaikh Ayaz revolutionized many aspects of Sindhi poetry

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

It is the birth right of Sindhis to demand adherence to the 1940 resolution

Today is the birthday of Shaikh Ayaz, one of the greatest Sindhi poet of 20th century. He was born in Shikarpur on March 2, 1923. Shaikh Ayaz revolutionized many aspects of Sindhi poetry and his 46 collections of poetry, short stories, essays, diaries and the translation into Urdu of Shah jo Risalo continue to inspire not only literary circles but also common men and women of Sindh.

Today is also the day when Pakistan celebrates 1940 resolution, whose fundamental tenants continue to be ignored by the Pakistani establishment. It is sad that the promise of autonomous and sovereign provinces continue to be simply a deception. An article about this failed promise circulated on some Sindhi newspapers and Internet lists caught my eye this morning. The article is written by Ms. Shazia Nizamani, who was inspired by the struggle of the local “sons of soil” in Malaysia. I am reproducing a part of that article as some of you may have not received it (with apologies to those who are already recipients).  A synopsis of the main message of Ms. Nizamani’s article is as follows:

It is the birth right of Sindhis to demand adherence to the 1940 resolution. It was only because of the promises made in that resolution that Sindhis joined Pakistan. Although Sindhis sometimes face criticism for demanding autonomy of their province on the basis of 1940 resolution, they should be clear and confident about this demand. Sindhis should get this fact accepted that they have the rights over their homeland, its resources, its political decisions, jobs, language, and cities.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, 24 March 2009

Holi and Rangapanchami function in Hyderabad, Sindh, attended by thousands of Sindhi Hindus

by Bhagwandas Advocate, Hyderabad, Sindh
Last night was a memorable night for me. There was a Holi and Rangapanchami function in Hyderabad, Sindh. It was
attended by thousands of Sindhi Hindus of different parts of Sindh. It was presided by Madam Sayeda Shahla Raza speaker Sindh Assembly and chief Guest was Ayaz Latif Palijo advocate and guests of honor were Dr Dolat Ram, from Manchester, Dr Versi Mal, Ramesh Kumar Gupta, Advocate General Sindh Yousif Leghari and Naz Sahto of KTN.
Believe me I can not express my feelings about one breathtaking speech. When Advocate Ayaz Latif Palijo came everything changed. He said like all Jews, Muslims and Christians there are two types of  Hindoos those who are considering them shudh and everybody else as neech and shooder,.. running after permits, contracts and licenses of liquor shops, flourmills and fertilizer agencies, least about their collective rights and future of their motherland. But there is another class of Sindhi Hindus, the true sons and daughters of this soil. The followers of the mystic and cultural values of Mohan Jo Daro, Bhnabhoor and Kot Deji, of Shah Latif and Sachal and of Kanwar Bhagat, Jeevni Bai, Bhagat Kabeer, Meera Bai, Bhagwanti Nanwani, Kamla Keswani,Kaan Motihar, and Saami, the admirers of writings and courage of A J Uttam, Popti Heeranandani, Mohan Kalapna, Haree Dilgeer, Kirat Babani, Sundir, Susheela Mahtani, Narayen Shyam, Ashok Motwani, Veena Shringi, Heero Thakar,Dayal Motwani, Laxman Koomal, Perso Gaidwani, Ghanshyam Prakash, Ramesh Kuteja and Gobind Malhi, those who fought against British imperialism in the shape of Rooplo Kolhi and Hemon Kalani. He said they are continuity of those protectors and vanguards of their soil who defended their county like Raja Daahir.

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