International Seminar ‘Sindh through the Centuries’ on March 24 Prominent parliamentarians to speak on Sindh and its history

KARACHI: The three-day 2nd International Seminar ‘Sindh through the Centuries’, being organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi, will begin at a local hotel from March 24, 2014 at 9.00am.

Around sixty scholars, researchers and historians from Pakistan and abroad will read papers during 10 sessions of the mega event. The first International Seminar with this theme was held in March 1975 in Karachi under the patronage of then Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Though the research on various aspects of Sindh had been going on throughout the world, no subsequent seminar on the subject could be held for the last 39 years.

The inaugural session will be chaired by Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, leader of opposition in National Assembly, while Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, author of ‘The Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan’ and leader of opposition in Senate, will be the chief guest. Renowned intellectual, historian and former education minister of Sindh Dr Hamida Khuhro will present keynote paper. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, SMI University, will deliver welcome address.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah will be the chief guest at concluding session of seminar on March 26. The chief minister will also host a reception in honour of national and international delegates in the evening of March 23 at the Chief Minister’s House.

A meeting of the Program Subcommittee attended by Dr Hamida Khuhro, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Dr Nilofer Shaikh and Dr Fahmida Hussain on Tuesday reviewed and finalized the arrangements of the seminar.

The first technical session of the seminar would be on the subject of “Sindh: the Cradle of Civilization”. It will be chaired by Mir Hazar Khan Bajarani, Sindh Minister of Works and Services. Dr Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, University of Wisconsin, USA (topic: New Perspectives on trade and technology of the Indus Civilization: 2600- 1900 BC), Dr Atsushi Noguchi, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (topic: Between the River and the Desert: the Significance of Sindh over Millions Years of Incredible Human History), Dr. Jetho Lalwani, eminent scholar and retired professor of India, (topic: Indus Valley heritage Dholavera), Dr Niloafar Shaikh, former Vice Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and archaeologist (topic: Sindh: The Millenniums unravelled) and Dr. Mohammad Rafique Mughal, Boston University, USA (topic: Archaeology of Sindh from late prehistory to the Islamic period -circa 1000 BCE – 13th Century CE) will read out their research papers.

The second technical session would be held on “Archaeological Heritage of Sindh.” It will be chaired by Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Minister for Culture, Sindh. Dr Osada Toshiki of RIHN, Japan (topic: Indus Project 2007-2012: Unravelling the Mystery of the Indus civilization), Dr Asma Ibrahim of State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi (topic: Recent Archaeological Excavations at Bhambhore), Dr Mohiuddin Veesar of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur

(topic: Mesolithic Sites in Thar Desert and its Implications for Human Dispersal in Sindh), Dr Qasid H. Mallah, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (topic: Beads from Lakkan – Jo- Daro: Fourth Largest Urban Centre of Indus Valley Civilization), Zulfikar Ali Kalhoro, PIDE, Islamabad (Stupa Images in the Rock art of Sindh) and Tasleem Alam Abro, SALU, Khairpur (topic: Surface Analysis of Newly Discovered Sites in Larkana District) will read out their papers.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan will host reception in the honour of the delegates in the evening. After that a program of “Mystic Music of Sindh” will held in a local hotel. On Tuesday, 25th March, the technical session would be held on “Ancient Art & Architecture of Sindh”. It will be chaired by Mr. Arif Hassan, a noted architect and town planner. The speakers are Dr. Michael Jansen, German University of Technology, Germany, (topic: The Forma Urbis Mohenjo-Daro, a Retrospective and New Evidences: The need of the Day), Dr Kaleemullah Lashari (topic: Sindh’s Matchless Art: Studying Makli), Dr. Mastoor Bukhari, SALU Pakistan (topic: Introduction of early historic period pottery), Javeria Shaikh and JaeSeung Park, Hanyang University, Korea (topic: Longitudinal temporal model for the Gridiron Planning: From America to Mohenjo-Daro to Mehrgarh), Tania Ali Soomro, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation – KU Leuven, (Analyzing the Heritage Conservation Practices Employed For the Safeguard of Historic Ensemble of Karachi) and Varda Nisar, an architect (topic: Tale of a Dying Craft and Identity: The Saga of the Silawat Community).

At the same time a concurrent session would be held on Sindhi language. In this session Mrs. Mehtab Akber Rashdi, Member of the Sindh Assembly would be chief guest, while Mr. Imdad Hussain, a noted poet will chair the session. Among the speakers would be Mr. Ayaz Gul, a prominent poet of Sindhi language and Director of Sachal Chair SALU (topic: Sindhi Ghazal after the Partition), Mr. Taj Joyo, Secretary of Sindhi Language Authority, Hyderabad, (topic: The scholarly and literary services of Mr. G.M. Syed), Mr. Shoukat Hussain Shoro, former director of Institute of Sindhology (topic: One hundred years of Sindhi short story), Dr. Rafique Ahmed Mangrio, an educationist (topic: Islam in Sindh) and Mr. Muhammad Adam Butt, Degree College Johi, Dadu (Movement of Mianwal: An Independent Movement of Kalhora Period) and M. Tufail Chandio of Sindh University Campus Laar, Badin (topic: The Social Dynamics of Sindhi).

The next session of the day would be on “History of Sindh,” which will be chaired by Dr Hamida Khuhro. Among the speakers would be Dr. Andre Wink, University of Wisconsin, USA (topic: Sindh and the Mongols), Dr. Matthew A. Cook, North Carolina Central University, USA (topic: Beyond the Conceit of Historical Context: The Annexation of Sindh and Local Socio-cultural Distinctions), Dr Rita P Wright, New York University, USA (Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa: The Indus, its rivers and responses to environmental change), Saaz Aggarwal, writer and publisher of India (Wherever relating to migration of Hindus from Sindh after creation of Pakistan and their struggle, achievements and setbacks), Dr Aftab Abro, linguist (Historical Perspective of Research on Indus Script) and Humera Naz, University of Karachi (topic: The Fatehnama-i-Sindh alias the Chachnama).

The other session would be on “Cultural Heritage of Sindh.” This will be presided over by Mr. Hamid Akhund, former secretary of Department of Culture, Sindh. The speakers are Dr Thomas Dähnhardt, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, (topic: Multi Cultural Perspective), Dr. Mukhtar Ali Durrani, University of Peshawar (topic: Tomb of Hamsheera (Sister) of Jam Fateh Khan at Makli Hill Thatta, Sindh: History and Architecture), Dr. Ali Kumail Qazalbash, AIOU, Islamabad (topic: Persian as an Official Language and its Contribution in Literary Development of Sindhi: An analytical study on its growth and decay), Dr. Kamal Jamro, FUUAST, Karachi (topic: An analysis of research on Sindhi folklore -1970-2013), Zulfikar Ali Qureshi, University of Sindh, Jamshoro (Peculiarity of Vowels in Sindhi Music Communication) and Dr. Ahmad Hussain, University of Haripur (topic: Unfolding Nature, Vivacity and Life in Sindh’s Culture through the accounted behaviour among the elites).

The next session would be held on “Belief Systems and Mythology” to be chaired by Dr. Syeda Nafisa Shah, member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Among the speakers are Dr. Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris, France, (topic: Language, Literature and the building of Sufi Culture in Colonial Sindh), Jürgen Schaflechner, Germany, (topic: Myth about Hinglaj Devi alias Nani Hinglaj), Esther Park, poet, writer and research scholar of Korea (topic: Swastika: symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism), Dr Supriya Banik Pal, Researcher Women’s Studies, India (topic: The Sindhu or Sindh: A study through the Mahabharata), Fozia Naz of Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization (topic: Belief system of Indus Valley people based on the seals) and Dr Mohan Dev Raj Thontya, an academician (topic: reality of Seven Maamooee Fakeers and Maamuee Diyo, a famous spiritual personality of Sindh and Katch).

On the same day a technical session would be held on “History of Sindh,” to be chaired by Dr Mubarak Ali, eminent historian of Pakistan. Among the speakers would be Dr Amir Ali Chandio of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (topic: Role of Sindh in Freedom Movement -An Analysis of Hur Tehreek), Parveen Talpur, writer and historian of USA (topic: Indus Seals through Sindhi Language and Legends: A New Approach to an Old Issue), Zahida Rehman Jatt, anthropologist, Rural Support Program Network (topic: Role and Contributions of Sindhi Hindus in Socio-Economic and Cultural Life of Hyderabad, Sindh: 1800-1947), Dr Shuja Ahmed, University of Sindh, Jamshoro (topic: Struggle for separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency -1847-1936), Zulfiqar Ali Shah, SALU, Khairpur Mirs (Developments in Sindhi Lexicography: An Analytical Survey of Bilingual English Sindhi Dictionary), Noor Ahmed Janjhee, Degree College, Mithi, Tharparkar (topic: War of Independence in Parkar) and Dr Muhammad Moazzam Khan of WWF-Pakistan (Fishery Industry of Sindh through Ages).

Ms Sharmila Farooqui, Minister for Culture, Sindh shall host a reception in the honour of the delegates in the evening.

On the last day of the international seminar, the first session would be on “Sindhi Language & Literature.” Dr Murlidhar K. Jetley, former Professor of University of Delhi and research scholar would be the chief guest, while Mr Ayaz Soomro, member of National Assembly and former law minister Sindh will chair the session. Among the speakers would be Dr. Fahmida Hussain, chairperson of Sindhi Language Authority (topic: Feminism and Language – Socio-Linguistic analysis of Sindhi Society), Dr Vinod Asudani of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India (topic: Artistic Expression of Image of Sindh), Kailash Shaadaab, Sindhi, Urdu and Hindi Poet, India (topic: Humanism in Classical Sindhi Poetry), Qalander Shah Lakiaree, former professor of English, University of Sindh, Jamshoro (topic: Letters, Phonemes and Pronunciation), Dr. Kamla Goklani, M.D.S University, Ajmer, India (topic: Comparative Study of West Rajasthan and Sindhi Language) and Mr Gul Mohammad Umrani, Dr. N.A. Baloch Foundation, Hyderabad (topic: Mirza Kalich Beg’s World of Art and Literature).

The next session would be held on “Economy of Modern Sindh,” which will be chaired by Syed Murad Ali Shah, minister of finance, Government of Sindh. Among the speakers would be Dr Hari Lohano, University of the West of England, UK (topic: Poverty Dynamics in Rural Sindh), Suman Sonkar, University of Delhi, India (topic: The Revival of ‘new’ Silk Route through Sindh), Dr. Iqbal Panhwer (topic: Agro-Economic Response to Climate Change in Sindh), Mr. Hiro Thakur, a noted Sindhi scholar of India (topic: The Courageous Cattle Traders, Sea-Farers of ancient Sindh) and Mr. Ishtiaq Ansari, a prominent research scholar (Ecotourism in Sindh: Gorakh Hill and Other Resorts in Sindh.)

The concluding session would be held at 4:30 pm which will be presided over by Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister of Sindh. Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of the SMI University, will give the concluding speech of the historic international seminar. While Dr. Ishrat Hussain, noted economist and former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan: presently Director, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi will deliver his concluding keynote address.

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