'Beyond Federalism': Book released in Germany on Sindhi Nationalism in Pakistan and India
'Beyond Federalism: A socio-political treatise on Sindhi Nationalism in India (1843-1947) and in Pakistan (1947-2012)', a book accounting socio-political history of Sindhi people and their national rights movements from 1843 to 2012 has published recently by the Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany.
Sindh, the natural-resource richest federating state among the South Asian federations and countries, has fought many freedom wars for Sindh. The war of 1940s was fought in understanding with the Azad Hid Army of Subhash Chandra
Bose in which Colonial India’s British rulers imposed military rule in Sindh, and engaged thousands of the Royal troops there during the Second World
At least 20 thousand families of fighters were imprisoned in the concentrations camps installed in Sindh, Rajasthan, and West Bengal
states of undivided India.
After the partition of India
in 1947, Sindh again was victimized by the federal malpractices; therefore, it opted for the non-violent as well as violent résistance movements. Immediately after the murder of Benazir Bhutto, Sindhi took hold of Sindh and virtually seceded; however, it was previous Pakistani President and leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardar on whose call the people stepped back.
Finally, in 2012 more than one million Sindhi protesters marched in the streets of Karachi to demand freedom of Sindh.
The Pakistan part of the book revolves around the federalism in Pakistan. Pakistani federalism is a peculiar case study among the federations of the world. The review of economic and ethno demographic exploitation of Sindh can depict a microcosm of exploitative nature of Pakistani federation. Sindh historically remained a sovereign country until British invasion of 1843.
Sindh and Hind (India) were sister countries in past. Their centuries old nationhood is historically established. The book mainly is an academic and analytic detailing of the social and political developments in Sindh in the political history of Pakistan, as well as under the British India.
The book is touches history, political economy, ethnography, development and rights perspectives on the subject.