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Book on Sindh and G.M. Syed launched

By Our Staff Reporter 2015-09-15
KARACHI: A book highlighting the events of Sindh since the Talpur rule to present-day Pakistan, with particular emphasis on three Sindhi nationalist leaders during the British Raj, was launched at the Arts Council of Pakistan here on Monday.

The programme to launch Sindh Kahani ain G.M. Syed, written by Khadim Hussain Soomro, was organised by the Friends of Sindhu Civilisation.

Speakers at the programme thrashed out various aspects of the book, which gave rich historical references, documents and roles of various personalities starting from the Talpurs` diminishing authority on the already administratively divided Sindh as the influence of the British increased and culminated with the inception of Pakistan when ethnic question began to haunt the province.

Syed Ghulam Shah, an eminent Sindhi nationalist, said the Sindhis had not just a case against the British, who usurped their land in 1843, but the same case wasagainst the Talpurs, whose rule was the worst in Sindh`s history, and everyone else who used the name of Sindh for their personal gains.

He said G.M. Syed was not mere a Sufi, but he was a politician who knew power politics and Sindh was a standard for him to distinguish friends from foes.

Mr Shah said present-day politics required evolving a strong narrative to fight the case of Sindh and strive for the rights of the province.

`We know our argument will remain the same, but as the time has changed, we should evolve new dimensions for our argument to win over the case,` he added.

Rochi Ram, a veteran rights leader, said it was not time to waste time in squabbles but to enrich the narrative with improved education for the people of Sindh.

He said education was the greatest tool to make oneself known among the crowd.

Younus Maher, editor of Sindhi newspaper Halchal, said the book contained huge historical documents, which could help as rich references for the students of history and the common man.