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Sindh deserves better

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Our history as well as mainstream media talk about and debate only elitist politics, but the working class, peasants, youth and all those without big landholdings or without influence in power corridors are ignored – as if they do not exist.

The majority in our society is poor, deprived, largely uneducated. When do they make an appearance in the media or grab our attention? And how often? Only during times of distress, be it floods, displacement or stories of victimisation.

Who makes the headlines? Who gets the all the air time or print space and prominence? Whose views are sought after on any issue? Only the political elite, the rich affluent class. Those who were not born with a silver spoon, politics helped them to get their own. The newly-rich – who have had a change of ‘class’ – show off their newly-acquired prestige more that those considered to be from ‘noble families’ (rewarded by the 100-year British rule in the Subcontinent, including Sindh in Pakistan).

Sindh’s political elite has played it very smart, making sure it gets its share in power. Many top Sindhi politicians have served during the worst dictatorial regimes when middle-class Sindhi activists were behind bars, from ZA Bhutto’s times under Gen Ayub Khan to Mohammad Khan Junejo, representing Pir Pagara’s Muslim League. When the rebellious Pir Sabaghtullah Shah Rashdi (father of the late Pir Pagara) led a guerrilla movement against British rule back in 1939-1942, the Sindh Assembly had an elected government but would not speak for, what the common Sindhi would call him, ‘Soraih Badshaah’ (the brave........

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