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