Friday, September 09, 2005

Collective rape?

It was good to hear from so many of you regarding "Useless discussions?". I have received several private notes along the same lines. Every one can feel that the so called intellectual community-- both within and outside Sindh has become almost totally meaningless.
Today Altaf Bhai, Pir Pagaro and even and a grade 20 DIG police in Sindh has more power and far more impact on life of Sindhis than all the divided people and out of touch intellectuals.
Body of Sindh has been captured by force. We all standby. We write emails about Shazia and other individual rape victims. Perhaps, because writing emails is free of cost. Perhaps, because we do not know what else to do.
Do not misunderstand me. I do appreciate individual and even some group acts to help reach and save the people of Sindh. But, we all know that such acts can help a few at best. It has no impact on large body of Sindh.
The larger fact is that a collective rape of people of Sindh and perhaps a majority of Pakistan, is taking place. What can we do about that? One more email debate?
I believe that hard work and sacrifices are required by people who live in Sindh as well as people who love Sindh. Every one agrees that unity is needed. But drawing room unity of a few so called leaders has never worked before and is not likely to work in future.
I can tell you that as a minimum, people have to unite and fight in democratic way to win assemblies and cabinets and national resources. Altaf Bhai, Pir Pagaro and others have used different techniques to get where they have got. Perhaps Sindhis and other suffering Pakistanis will use their brain and other powers too. But perhaps the time has not come. Perhaps, the collective rape has not hurt enogh as yet.
Your input and help towards development of Sindh is always welcome.
Ali Nawaz MemonSindh Development Institute7204 Antares DriveGaithersburg, Maryland, USA 20879


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