Edited and Tranlated by Rita Kothari
We are grateful to Isa Daudpota to have alerted us to an invaluable collection of Sindhi Partition narratives.
As Isa says, most people in Pakistan are unaware of the plight of Sindhi Hindus who migrated to India at the time of Partition. The two stories are a useful corrective. Copies are available from www.penguinindia.com or amazon.com. Indeed, All public libraries in Sindh should have a copy.
Unbordered Memories. Sindhi Stories of Partition. Ed and Trans Rita Kothari. Contents and Intro
Two stories from Unbordered Memories. ed Rita Kothari. Penguin
Reading about the demise of Rana Chandar Singh made me think of another old Pakistani from the Hindu community who has lived and served the people in this country without so much as a thankyou note. I reproduce here an interview the old war horse gave Newsline last year. Gianchandani sb feels that Pakistan will over look his achievements but we at PakTeaHouse want to salute him twice- first a Lal Salaam for his contributions to the Communist and progressive causes in Pakistan and second a Sabz Salaam for being a son of the soil.-YLH
At age 88, Comrade Sobho Gianchandani is one of the oldest living communists in the subcontinent. He has seen it all, done it all – and still believes that communism will return to the world in a big way. In this wide-ranging interview conducted at his Larkana home, where he lives with his family, the “son of the soil,” as he refers to himself, takes Newsline on a reflective journey into the past. From his days at Shantiniketan to his involvement in the politics of pre-Partition and post-Partition Pakistan, it’s been an action-packed life. Continue reading