KARACHI: Scholars belonging to USA and Pakistan highlighted different aspects of history of Sindh on Tuesday, second day of the three-day international seminar ‘Sindh through the Centuries’ organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi.
Dr Amir Ali Chandio, Professor, Department of Political Science, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in his paper ‘Role of Sindh in Freedom Movement: An Analysis of Hur Tehreek’ said history of Sindh province is mentioned in the textbooks, and the books of the history of independence but the role of Hur Tehreek has been ignored and forgotten despite of the fact that Hur Tehreek played vital role in the freedom movement of Sub-continent.
Parveen Talpur, writer and historian from USA, whose paper on ‘Indus Seals (2600-1900 BCE) Beyond Geometry to their Socio-cultural Context’, was presented on her behalf by Javeria Shaikh, said that the first case examines the main sign which appears on a large number of seals. Possibly this sign was used for calculating angles and has given birth to a word that is widely spread in a number of languages.
According to her the second case examines the object that mostly appears with the animal images. It has been interpreted in various ways, perhaps it has an astral significance as it is also substituted with the stars.
Parveen was of the view that third sample examines a narrative seal that sheds some light on the ancient Indus ideology and carries hints that can be related to a few legends of Sindh.
Zahida Rehman Jatt, Monitoring Officer, Rural Support Program Networks, Islamabad, presented her paper on ‘Role of contributions of Sindhi Hindus in socio-economic and cultural life of Hyderabad, Sindh: 1800-1947.
Dr Shuja Ahmad, faculty member of Pakistan study Centre, University of Sindh, Jamshoro in his paper ‘Struggle for separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency (1847-1936)’ said that the struggle for separation of Sindh from the Bombay played a significant role in creating political awareness in Sindh.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Assistant Professor at Department of English, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presented his research paper on ‘Bilingual English Sindhi Dictionary’. He stated that the dictionaries are essentially good and carry many merits.
Noor Ahmed Janjhi, Assistant Professor, Government Boys Degree College Mithi, Tharparkar in his paper “War of Independence in Parkar” revealed many aspects of patriotism, war strategy and human behaviour.
Muhammad Moazzam Khan from WWF presented his paper on ‘Fishery Industry of Sindh through Ages’. He said that Fisheries industry possibly developed into an organized industry during Harappa Civilization, while an organized pearl extraction industry based on window-pane oyster existed during the Talpur dynasty.
Renowned historian Dr. Mubarak Ali in his presidential remarks said that the real history of world is that of common man and masses while the history of Elites is written by force and cannot be described as peoples’ history. “What the people, a common man, a shopkeeper, trader etc writes today is real source of history in future,” he added.