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Ghani Jafar's book The Indus Valley: Moment of Truth

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  • Ravi Chaudhary
    Anyone come across this? ************** By A Reporter ISLAMABAD, April 1: The launch of Ghani Jafar s book The Indus Valley: Moment of Truth at the Civil
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      Anyone come across this?

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      By A Reporter


      ISLAMABAD, April 1: The launch of Ghani Jafar's book The Indus Valley:
      Moment of Truth at the Civil Junction here on Friday turned out to
      be quite a novel affair. Guests were given photocopies of the
      manuscript, which had five chapters: The Brahmanic assault, The India
      that never was, The war of religions, The British legacy and the Jat,
      and the man of the moment, running over 80 pages. The guests were told
      that it (the book) would come out of the press this week.

      The connection between the subject-matter and the content, which was
      mostly about the Jat community, was illustrated by a power point
      presentation about the Indus valley civilization, accepted as one of
      the oldest in the world.

      Within the framework of this civilzation, farming was introduced in
      Mehergarh, Balochistan, 8000 years ago. The Indus valley was also the
      scene of some of the most advanced concepts in urban planning, which
      is the envy of places like modern New York. Indus valley was a place
      where there were no priests (perhaps a mistaken notion!) and no
      prisons. But the destruct of this magnificence was caused through
      greed propelled by later day clergy.

      The author leads the reader in the first chapter to the formulation as
      to what could have been the question in the minds of those who read
      the news in June 1984 that Indian army had made an assault on the
      holiest of Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

      The answer lies in the metamorphosis that has been the bane of the
      subcontinent after the Indus valley civilization folded up. "We are
      dealing in this context, we are dealing here with the Jats community
      (Sikhs being predominant members) over which the Brahmins in India
      have quite extraordinary stronghold, since the Brahmins have abused
      religion for exploitation of other faiths, including the Jats."

      While introducing the book, Munir Aslam wished that he could say it
      was a story-cycle narrative. Then he would have been quite
      comfortable. But this is a book about Jats, the simple and
      peace-loving people who have been compelled to do serious thinking
      about their stay within the Indian territory and how they had been
      exploited since time memorial by the clergy, he added. Mr Aslam said
      Jats were also living in Pakistan and, therefore, it contains
      implication for them as well.

      He was followed by Rao Salman Mahmud, who said the book dealt a lot
      with political and social formulations relating to Judeo-Brahman
      aspects, therefore, it was necessary to understand many things going
      on in the world of today.

      A similar presentation was made by Ms Mariam, who said the Indian
      areas were also located in the Indus valley civilization. "But we know
      very little about it specially in relation to Jats."

      Arshad Bhatti prophesied that the book would give rise to
      controversies in relation to the hold of Brahmins in India, which was
      a product of abuse of religion.

      The imminent theme emerging there is about making a protest against
      the status quo, and all those who question status quo end up as losers
      and their freedom is constricted.

      Ghani Jafar was asked whether he had elaborated or refuted the theme
      of the Indus valley saga written by Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan. He denied
      the suggestion and said it was the result of painstaking research on
      his part.

      http://www.dawn.com/2005/04/02/nat2.htm
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