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18th Study Circle for Baacha Khan Fellows

Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:14
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BKTEF organizes 18th Study Circle for Baacha Khan Fellows

The Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation (BKTEF) held 18th monthly study circle at the BKTEF head office on February 3, 2018. The study circle was attended by almost 50 participants belonging to different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA including Peshawar, Mardan, Swat, Charsaada, Swabi, Shangla, Hangu, Dir, Waziristan, Khyber Agency, Mohmand agency and Tank. The text selected for the study circle was a Pashto short story “ Dwa Jhandey” written by Ajmal Khattak.

Various aspects of the selected text were discussed by the participants. The story, plot and characters depicted in the book were described in detail by Nadia Khan and Shokat Swati. Anwar Khan Orakzai shed light on various geographical locations portrayed by the writer.  While Azmat Khan talked about politics of identity and collective consciousness in detail.

Nadia Khan narrated the story of partition when a young boy, Sher Dil travelled all the way from FATA to his home town to restore the legacy of his father, Asal Khan. Asal Khan had left the country sixteen years back to settle in the adjacent area because he could not surrender to slavery and British imperialism. Though Sher Dil had left home with great pride and hope to find peace, love and respect among his people, he was in fact killed and sent back home by the new masters, in his own country, by his own people.

Azmat Khan, while talking about the collective consciousness expressed that the colonial process had not changed much since departure of the British, rather the oppressors changed from White masters to Brown masters. He said that nations could only succeed and lead to national prosperity if they were left to move ahead without external intervention. The external forces carried out such strategies as to create superficial needs of the common people and  to sell their products to them. They further engaged the developing societies in small issues so that they might have remained aloof of knowledge and invention which lead to coercive consent where an entire ethnicity, group or nation gave rights over their lands and resources to others.  He further said that we should be striving for integration rather than homogenization.

Farid Kakar also read a few pages from Ajmal Khattak’s book “Da za Pagal wum.”

Later on, the participants had an open discussion where they expressed that the present status of a Pashtun, such as Naqeeb Ullah( a young Pashtun killed extra judicially in Karachi) was not much different from the character of Sher Dil.

They threw light on the literature and genre of Ajmal Khattak’s writing which inclined more towards poetry. They appreciated the fact that the writer had been able to portray the scenes and views so clearly that one could imagine walking along with the writer to witness all that had been depicted in the story.

One of the participants pointed out that the anti colonial struggle was carried out by Khudai Khidmatgar Movement only, therefore they were deprived of decision making power. He pressed that economic and social problems needed to be solved along with political issues.

Some participants expressed that there remained confusion between homogeneity and tribalization. Others argued that homogenized groups could easily be controlled therefore people were divided into different classes, groups and tribes.

The discussion was concluded by Dr. Khadim Hussain on the note that the process of evolution needed to be understood in real sense. Evolution in itself was a natural phenomenon but it was given direction through collective efforts. A nation could easily be enslaved if its collective will was taken from them. This was done through power over institutions of knowledge creation which promoted vested interests of those who wanted to have power and control over their resources.

Dr.Khadim Hussain emphasized that it was high time that we had found and mended the ruptures present in dialogue, debate, knowledge and history. Therefore, it was mandatory to mend the ruptures caused by the colonizing powers, had our collective will intact, our history and human agency identified and recognize the need to govern ourselves..

The next study circle was decided to be held on March 3, 2018. Text selected for the study circle was “The Grandeur of Gandhara” written by Rafi ul Samad.

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