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A Bright History of a Darkest Era

Karachi, August 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): The second edition of book written by Mr. Moula Bux Chandio based on his jail diary “Ziker-Zindan-Jo” has been published. Mr. Chandio who began his political career as an ordinary worker has now emerged as an experienced political figure at the national landscape by his sheer commitment, long and odious struggle and sacrifices for a noble cause.

There are a few examples where the people being politicians evince their keen interest for literary pursuits; creative works by such politicians turned literary figures may reflect their own political ideas and learning but no doubt their writings greatly expose injustices, inequalities and methods of cruelty prevailing in our society. Since such people take active part in political movements hence they had to suffer and face wrath of dictators and during their prolonged struggle, they face incarceration and when these political workers pen down their untold ordeal, the writings had interested reading. History is witness to the fact that literature created during the period of incarceration is always considered of high value in terms of sensitivity and impact; the creative work contemplated in prison had thus a profound impact on human psychology and its significance is recognized the world over.

In the land of Sindh, when some political workers contributed literature while being in prison no doubt the result is invaluable; these politicians pen down what they observed and experienced while being in prison and share their untold ordeals with the nation and preserve it for our posterity and such writings become a history with the passage of time.

History gives us a lesson that resistance movements the world over had greatly contributed towards literature of their respective nations. In the United States of America when President Abraham Loncon was at the helm of affairs, the white American turned as blood thirsty of the black Americans and they were bent upon to eliminate the black Americans from the land by letting a genocide of the black people, at the time a woman played a historic role. A woman namely Hert Stow, the daughter of a priest contributed a novel entitled “Uncle Thomas Cabin”; the novel went a long way providing protection to the black people; this paved the way for President Abraham Loncon to lay the foundation of what is called a modern and enlightened United States of America. The classic piece of literature proved as a watershed ensuring equal rights to the American black population, the very fact was acknowledged and admired by President Loncon himself.

In Pakistan when the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) waged a political struggle against the dictatorial regime of Zia, Sindh became a hub of activities. Zia proved himself a true follower of Hitler and Massoleni to crush the uprising by resorting to all inhuman, cruelty and ruthless methods. MRD workers, however, continued their relentless struggle till the restoration of democratic process in the country.

Moula Bux Chandio is one of these political activists who not only took active part in the movement but also suffered a heavy ordeal; he was maltreated, lashed and eventually incarcerated. He being a conscious political worker took interest in writing his jail diary; he captured and recorded every moment worth sharing. He felt feelings visible on the faces of other inmates. He preserved his observations and experiences to be shared with his people and coming generations. His painstaking efforts yielded results when his book “Zikar Zindan Jo” was published the first ever in 1999.

Although Mr. Moula Bux Chandio was a political prisoner but spent of the period of his incarceration with other common prisoners that is why his book depicts true feelings and experiences of common jail inmates hailing from lower class, he thus made these experiences part of history otherwise, they would have remained like unsung songs.

Zikare Zindan Jo is not only a jail diary but also a recorded history of that particular era; this book, therefore, does not only possesses a significant place in the realm of our literary heritage but also provides a source of inspiration to our youth who intend to march on the path of politics.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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