THE Culture Department, Sindh, has decided to commemorate Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro’s day on Aug 2 every year as reported in Dawn (‘Tribute paid to 18th century ruler of Sindh’, Aug 7). The announcement was made by the minister for culture at a function arranged by the Ittehad-i-Abbasia at Hyderabad.

According to the minister, tombs and forts of the Kalhoro dynasty would be looked after by the department concerned. She also promised to encourage research and publication of rare books on the history of Sindh.

Here I would like to admire the efforts of the Sindhi Adabi Board to foster the language and literature of Sindh. Immediately after its establishment in 1951, the Board launched a programme to publish history of Sindh, simultaneously in three languages: Sindhi, Urdu and English.

The history was divided into nine parts and for each a renowned scholar was engaged to undertake research and produce authenticated work on Sindh. The first period -- comprising geography and ancient history -- and the second period -- before the Arab conquest of Sindh – were assigned to H.T. Lambrick. He had completed the task by producing six volumes on the two periods.

The Arab period was originally assigned to Syed Sulieman Nadvi, an eminent religious scholar, who died before completing the task. The work on this period was later accomplished by Dr Mumtaz Husain Pathan and its English version in two volumes was published.

No work seems to have been taken up on three periods, i.e. Ghaznavi/Ghori/Soomra, Sama and Arguns. The period Sindh was under Turkans and Mughals also did not see the light. However, the period Sindh was under Kalhoras was allocated to Ghulam Rasool Mahar, who finished his work. Its Urdu and Sindhi versions (translated by Ibne Hayat Panhwar) in volume 1 and 2 were published by the Board and the Culture Deparment.

These volumes are available in the market. Books on Talpur and the English period are yet to be written.

I would request the minister for culture to revive the Board’s ‘history project’ and make sure that books on the remaining period of history are written and, thereafter, all volumes are published in three languages, as originally envisaged by the author of this unique scheme.

The revival of the above project has acquired added urgency as scholars like the late Dr Nabi Bax Baloch are fast fading away, which obviously does not augur well for the young generation of Sindh who are oblivious of their history because of non-availability of authentic material.

MANZOOR H. KURESHI Karachi

Opinion

Who benefits more?
Updated 03 Aug 2021

Who benefits more?

It’s been widely assumed that China was always going to secure the most benefits.
Back to the future
Updated 02 Aug 2021

Back to the future

A civil war next door would pose serious threats to Pakistan’s security and multidimensional challenges.

Editorial

03 Aug 2021

Changing GB’s status

THE government’s plans to accord a provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan are progressing steadily and...
Taliban assault
03 Aug 2021

Taliban assault

Intra-Afghan peace talks should be promoted, but the global community must be ready for the imminent collapse of the Afghan state.
03 Aug 2021

Cancelling Aurat March

THE cancellation of Aurat March Faisalabad is exactly one of those ‘isolated incidents’ which, when viewed...
02 Aug 2021

Row over NCSW

SOME matters are simply too important to play politics on. Protection of women’s rights is one of them....
02 Aug 2021

Mismanaging LNG

PAKISTAN’S purchase of expensive LNG cargoes for the September-October delivery in less than three weeks after...
Against their will
Updated 02 Aug 2021

Against their will

Estimates indicate that some 1,000 girls from minority communities are forcibly converted to Islam every year in Pakistan.