ISLAMABAD: Islamabad-based writers and intellectuals paid glowing tributes to a noted civil servant-turned-peasant leader, ( late) Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi who is commonly known as “Baba-e-Sindh” and also “Baba-i Haris”, on his 34 death anniversary which was commemorated here on Thursday. In a literary gathering arranged under the aegis of Pakistan Intellectual Forum ( PIF) renowned writer and political scientist Zafar Ujan said that Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi was a relentless and courageous fighter for the rights of the tormented, tortured, suffering and destitute people of Sindh, his death had, in fact, made our mother Sindh poorer and an orphan.
“Democracy will have no meaning, so-called independent judiciary will be only moonshine without the abolition of feudal system, hence, it was imperative to abolish the feudal system which has ruined this country and country men” he maintained. Noted researcher and author of ” The British in Sindh : Immoral entry and exit”” Khadim Hussain Soomro said the salvation of the tillers lies in implementing the programme of Baba-e-Sindh, Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi. Soomro lamented that property of Sindhi haris are being looted and all doors of employment have been shut for children of tillers of land. As a result, the miseries of the poor tillers have multiplied in prevalent circumstances.
Hashim Abro of the PIF said that Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi belonged to a fertile belt of the Indus civilization, Bakho dero,his village only a walking distance away from Mohan-jo-Daro,district Larkano,where he is idolized even after more than four decades have passed to his demise. ” It is both character and contribution which makes man mortal and (late) comrade Jatoi was with both, therefore, he lives on” Abro remarked. Abro urged the coalition government to create more job opportunities for the poor haris and their representation in both Houses of Parliament and also in the recently formed Economic Advisory Council saying as long as the Haris ( tillers) of this country remain neglected and under-estimated, this country can’t take off.
He also stressed for creating agro-based industrial zones in the interior Sindh and other parts of the country to mitigate the miseries of the poor tillers and make Pakistan self-reliant in food and livestock. Mr. Aftab Soomro said that ninety-five percent solution to our socio-economic and political problems was in the land reforms and the PPP which has had to its credit to ample farmers-friendly initiatives in the past too, so, it is expected this time it will take such bold and brave steps to change the lot of farmers and peasants of this country.
On the occasion, Asadullah Mungrani read out a few pieces, both from his Sindhi and English, literary master pieces. At the end, the writers and intellectual offered Fateha for the departed soul of a great peasant leader, great writer, great poet and scholar of Indus civilization (the late) Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi.-SANA