Primary education is a basic requirement of development of a country and also the first step of every man and women to live in success life. Feudals and Jagirdars in Sindh, constituting 5 to 6% of the provincial population, provide only lip-service to the local people.
During their long rule in Sindh they ensured it that the entire local population of Sindh’s interior remained illiterate. For they were actively supported and continue to be supported by religio-political parties of the country.
The illiterate masses directly strengthen the electoral power of the Feudals and the religious fanatics. Feudals and the so-called Islamic political parties oppose primary education because they will stand exposed and lose their grip over the now illiterate population if the masse start reading and writing.
The pathetic condition of the local illiterate people living in more than 35,000 villages in Sindh for centuries without hereditary bona fide ownership right was pointed out by Agha Shahabuddin (April 23) according to which “Sindh Goth-abad Act No. VII of 1987 was notified in the Gazette dated August, 16, 1987 but even after a lapse of 19 years the same has not been implemented”.
The writer’s suggestion that the Sindh High Court should take suo motu notice of this and ask the Sindh government to complete the process of hereditary ownership right as provided in the Act is timely and well-wishers of the Sindhi masses residing in kutchi abadis and Goths of the province will support the suggestion.
Under the new electoral law, local government representatives have been elected at grass-roots’ level to enable fast development of the region under their administrative jurisdiction.
The local government in Karachi too has taken upon itself the responsibility of carrying out development of the city which needs to attain the status due to it.
In the past 60 years all development of this city took place only on an ad hoc basis and in haphazard manner.
If for attaining the status due to it, some kutchi abadis and Goths in the city and its neighborhood had to the demolished, it was in the interest of development of Sindh’s capital city.
There is no doubt that the residents of the uprooted kutchi abadis will be given better accommodation or multistoreyed flats in an area where basic civic facilities like electricity, water, sewerage and Sui gas, which they do not enjoy now, will be available.
After its proper development, which may take a little longer than anticipated, Karachi will not be lost but will continue to be the “capital” of Sindh province under occupation and control of Sindhis.
It is the responsibility of Nazims of other areas of the province to exercise greater power and undertake similar developments in their respective areas so that Sindh develops as a whole and, in future, all Sindhis living in Sindh should feel proud of being Sindhis.