Sindh will be a much better place than Sind!

Published: February 13, 2013
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The Taliban will teach dramatics at NAPA and the Lyari gangsters will prepare a team of soccer players for the next EPL.

It was a very proud moment for the Sind(h) assembly when the members “unanimously” agreed that an amendment bill be passed officially correcting the spelling of the province of ‘Sindh’ which was incorrectly reported by Radio Pakistan earlier to have been changed to “Sind”.

The people of the province eagerly awaited the verdict for this diabolical, life-threatening issue. Now that it has been resolved and clarity has been brought forth, this step will certainly bring prosperity, rule of law, health care and education to the Sind(h)is of Sind(h).

Having named everything possible after Benazir Bhutto, the highly competent members of the Sind(h) assembly achieved what no other government could. This time-consuming correction will bring the province of Sind(h) at par with thriving economies like South Korea, China or maybe even Japan!

Cornel, Harvard and MIT might consider opening their campuses in Sind(h) and foreign investments will come pouring in. Foreigners will be frequenting their visits to discover the great potential Sind(h) has and people will leave their front doors open whence leaving for work due to the excellent security throughout the province. The change in spelling will also take Karachi stock market to a record high and probably will get the title of ‘fastest growing stock market’ in no time.

Unemployment will be replaced by mass job placements and foreign graduates will prefer coming down to Sind(h) to work, rather than Dubai, Malaysia or Singapore.

Extortionists will become entrepreneurs and kidnappers will become pious.

Cell-phone snatchers will open up their own mobile phone franchises while target killers will teach combat training at the primary school level. Shia Sunni communities will embrace each other and prefer offering namaz in each other’s mosques while the poor rural farmer will have plenty of land in his name to fulfill all his needs.

The Taliban will teach dramatics at NAPA and the Lyari gangsters will prepare a team of soccer players for the next English Premier League.

The change in the way we now spell Sind(h) will also bring rapid bus transit and circular railway projects to Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Dadu, Sukkur and the rural-urban divide will get narrower and thinner.

The honourable Sind(h) assembly members have truly proven themselves as sons of the soil by addressing such a crucial issue and within no time had it passed through the Houses of Parliament to make sure no error like this diabolical one could ever be repeated.

Their level of intellect deserves appreciation, afterall, their will to resolve ‘core’ issues being faced by the province is exemplary, no doubt.

Sind(h) will soon be seeing a rejuvenated populace making its mark in the world and bringing laurels for the province. Government officers will be working day and night diligently and with all honesty and dedication just because now they are Sindhis and not Sindis.

God save Pakistan and its Sind(h)is.

Read more by Arsalan here.

Arsalan Faruqi

Arsalan Faruqi

An entrepreneur with a degree in computer engineering and an MBA from IBA Karachi. He tweets as @arsalanfaruqi (twitter.com/arsalanfaruqi)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Aijaz Haider

    Imagine they accomplished this in only 5 years! Previous governments couldn’t do it in 60 years.Recommend

  • Parvez

    ………….and when the government changes they will all be in Dubai.Recommend

  • Max

    And here we were wondering what Qaim Ali Shah was busy with all this time, apparently indifferent to Sind(h)’s problems. Truly a turning point for Sind(h). Recommend

  • AA

    Such outstanding achievements can only come from great minds, and QA Shah, F Talpur and A Tappi have finally delivered. Sind(h)is should be proud of their accomplished leaders.Recommend

  • abhi

    I am still confused is the name changed from Sindh to Sind or vice versa?Recommend

  • JS

    Give them a Nobel Peace Prize already. Recommend

  • http://muhibullah.wordpress.com/ Muhibullah

    Pakistani journalism will continue to suck no matter what.Recommend

  • Md

    They say a Nobel Prize for each member of Sind(h) assembly is to be announced for this unprecedented service to humanity..Recommend

  • Sane

    They did what they are competent for. They can’t do more than that for the prosperity of this province.Recommend

  • Nitish

    @abhi: Former sindh became sind as per my knowledge.Perhaps coz sindh seems to be a hindu name,isnt it.So much hate specially after afjal guru hanging.Recommend

  • Omer

    @Nitish:
    That is idiotic. Recommend

  • Shahid Zamir

    Dear Arsalan

    I agree with you that Sindh Assembly was failed in doing its job properly most of the time but here in this case l i differ from your point of view, The act of Sindh Assembly was meant to bring the uniformity in the name of province spelled differently by various quarters.

    Well definitely it is not going to pump in FDI, neither it will open doors of job for unemployed youth, because this bill was not meant for that.

    Trust me, If tomorrow Sindh Assembly Passes a bill to tribute a person belonging to field of Art, then also no change will come in the FDI numbers, Unemployment, Reduction in crime because it wouldnt be meant for that……Recommend

  • please

    I could not get that how this change of name would bring so much dramatic changes? Has any saint suggested that name of sind is not fair for it and to reduce its problems sind shoul rename itself?Recommend

  • kazim

    No matter what we say or what we do … We the people are still dumb enough to Re-Select these people and they will be governing us for the next 5 years as well and then Karachi will be renamed to KaraciRecommend

  • Milestogo

    One should always use correct names and words like Allah hafiz versus khuda hafiz and so on. Using correct Arabic does bring peace – it’s a fact.Recommend

  • Osman

    We are to be blamed for this, since people of this country voted for them.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @Parvez:
    “………….and when the government changes they will all be in Dubai.”

    .

    …..and we will be left with millions of children speaking Chinese.Recommend

  • NuPak

    I thought they would modify the spelling with modern theme like “Cind” for western appreciation of Sind for giving world the name Cind-er or Cinderella even the historic Sind-Baad the sailor/trader. World has not accepted Myanmar, Chenai or Mumbai yet. Atleast “New Sind” should have been better. Among other outcomes name change revolution in Indo-Pak is “Shah Faisalabad” which mean not Shah Faisal of Saudi Arabia but point toward some mythical king of Faisalabad and not the name of a city, Shah Iran, Shah Brunai; Shah Jahan, Shah Rukh… king’s face. Now removing “abad” from the end may make some sense still. I wonder who these parliamentarian seek help from beside that old man singing folk songs under an old tree. If India( Hind: derive from Indus/Sindus/Cindis from Alexanders time) not calling their country Hindustan or Bhaarat there is some reason which is recent history and world recognition and popularity needed for future place in the world.Recommend

  • Nitish

    what i m reading here is exactly opposite of what TOI reported.I m writing exact line here from todays news paper in india:
    “Pak to rename Sindh province ‘Sind’:The Sindh assembly on Tuesday approved a bill to rename southern pakistani province as Sind.The assembly approved the Sindh Laws Amendment Bill of 2012,where by the letter ‘h’ will be removed from the name of province.”
    its still confusing.Recommend

  • Aijaz Haider

    @Nitish:
    “The 18th Amendment of the Constitution corrected the name of the Province of Sindh from “Sind” as the British Empire spelled it to “Sindh” to reflect more accurately the actual pronunciation of the word by the people of the Province. This Act shall bring all legal documents issued in the Province into conformity with the constitutional Amendment.”
    “Correction: A reporting error occurred wherein it was stated that Sindh will be written as Sind. The error is regretted.”
    Hope the confusion is clarified.Recommend

  • Arif Mustafa Jatoi

    The childish remarks above from what I assume to be reasonably educated people is quite amusing if not a poor reflection of the inherent need of Pakistanis to criticise everything under the sun. this Bill was a CONSTITUTIONAL and legal requirement after the passage of the 18th amendment to avoid legal complications for Sindh which is one of 3 Provinces affected by changes big or small to their Names. Yes, respecting the constitution and mundane legislation is part of the duties of parliamentarians. This Bills purpose was not to save the Country or the Province from either greenhouse gasses or the chattering classes, although if anyone knows of a way to do either, Please post it!Recommend

  • Parvez

    @Abid P. Khan: How did you remember that gem ?………………great thinking.Recommend

  • Samo

    @Nitish
    The province’s name was officially spelled as ‘Sind’. That has now been changed to ‘Sindh’, which is of course reflective of the actual native pronunciation of the name.Recommend

  • abhi

    @Nitish

    I think pakistani give way to much importance to “h”, in another comment section people were discussing the difference between “desh” and “des” Recommend

  • Mohammad bin Qasim

    Who is tappi?Recommend

  • Raj Kafir

    Since there is no Dh ( Dh as in Dhobi,Dhua`n (smoke) Dharti etc) in English language, Britons spelled it SIND. I as a child could not understand why Punjab and Sindh Bank was spelled as Punjab and Sind Bank. In Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, there is a differentiation in pronunciation of words like..1) Dhobi Vs Dobi 2) Dharti Vs Darti and similarly Sind Vs Sindh…………SINDH is original and correct pronunciation of word SIND. Recommend

  • M2A

    @Aijaz Haider:
    Its due to democacy. They have shown that democracy is the best revenge. Recommend

  • Citizen

    Lets rename karachi “kolachi” .will be so exciting. (Yawn)Recommend

  • Somebody

    @Omer:
    That’s what all these indians really are.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @Citizen:
    “Lets rename karachi “kolachi” .will be so exciting. (Yawn)”

    .
    You are not doing justice to the name. The correct one ought to be “Mai Kolachi”—even better would be “Maa’i Kolaachi”.
    .
    Punjab is pronounced Poonjab by many, why? It could well be written as Panjab.
    .
    Hyderabad, Haiderabad, Haydrabad?
    Sucker, Sukker, Sakkar, Sakkhar?
    Khairpur, Khayrpoor?
    .
    Obviously the list of names under scrutiny can be longer.Recommend

  • Ahsan

    Brilliant article. Yes, this will bring peace and prosperity in the province and everyone noow start living without fear and will live happily. Thank you sind(h) government for making my day.BRAVO. I’ll only vote you noow.Recommend

  • Moe

    Let’s rename Pakistan to Ariana, since KP and Balochistan were historically part of Ariana, and they make up the majority of Pakistani territory.Recommend

  • Sane

    @Nitish:
    what i m reading here is exactly opposite of what TOI reported.I m writing exact line here from todays news paper in india:
    “Pak to rename Sindh province ‘Sind’:The Sindh assembly on Tuesday approved a bill to rename southern pakistani province as Sind.The assembly approved the Sindh Laws Amendment Bill of 2012,where by the letter ‘h’ will be removed from the name of province.”
    its still confusing.

    Hey man: Why do not you show concern about your problems. Do not interfere in neighbor’s matters. You have a problem to solve; Why Bihar was divided in two provinces and new one was named as JHAR KHAND. What JHAR KHAND signifies to. Is this because there are many jhars (trees) there? Please solve this puzzle first.Recommend

  • Nitish

    @Sane:
    Congrats Sane,now at least one of your province got a Hindu name….what a moment of pride and pleasure.Now show some love and respect for your Hindu brother….that will be great.That will also increase tolerance among you guys.
    Now answering to your question ,yes of course…Jharkhand is full of bushes and forests.Its actually a tribal area with tribal people.Bihar and jharkhand had to be separated since it was mentioned in the constitution from very beginning.Since tribal people were uncivilized,it was suggested to combine the two states for better administration.When people grew up there,they asked for separate land and they got it.No conflict…
    Narendra Modi once said while addressing students in delhi” hamari to halat hi aisi hai ki,Ek taraf registan hai aur dusri taraf pakistan”.No problem is bigger than pakistan for india.We have to solve this puzzle first.Rest will be ok.Recommend

  • http://gujrat RAW is WAR

    of course, every thing changes.Recommend

  • Sane

    @Nitish:

    No problem is bigger than pakistan for india.We have to solve this puzzle first.Rest will be ok.

    keep trying to solve this puzzle for generations and generations to come, before you extinct.Recommend

  • Sane

    @Nitish:

    Congrats Sane,now at least one of your province got a Hindu name…
    Look behind. You have Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Jamshedpur, Ghazipur, Ajmer, Azamgarh………… traces of great Muslims rule over India shall be forever. Now have milk and sleep.Recommend

  • http://gmail.com Iftekhar Khokhar

    “This move on the part of Sind Assembly is ridiculous. I fail to understand what comments should I offer. Seeing all that is happening in Karachi, Sind, and the whole country, I am left with no courage to stay sane. I just want to weep bitterly, time and again till I may become insane. What lies in the name? Shakespeare said, “a rose will remain a rose, by whatever name you may call it.” Our lawmakers have rectified this spelling mistake after 66 years of independence!!! This is unjust & uncalled for.”Recommend

  • http://gmail.com Iftekhar Khokhar

    @Ahsan: I feel the same way. What a “hard task” Sind Assembly has accomplished in the year 2013; it took 66 long years to assess & identify such a big problem. CONGRATULATIONSRecommend

  • Sane

    @Nitish:

    tribal people were uncivilized,it was suggested to combine the two states for better administration.When people grew up there,they asked for separate land and they got it

    They took around 60 years to grow up. How long would you take?Recommend

  • No name

    Great!!!! This is Democracy :)Recommend

  • NuPak

    I don’t understand how do you pick letters and accent of another language which is not yours and assume “now it sound correct”! For example who said “Q”sound like urdu “Qaaf” when Turkey use “C” as Qaaf. That two “m m” mean “tashdeed” in English when all it does is stretch the vowells before it. Like “Muhammad” is pronounced “mohaamid” because of this andcourseuse of this and double “aa” “ee” or “ii” do not stretch the word like “alif mad aaa” to make the sound “AAJ(day) it must spell “Oj”. There is no “Ha” sound in A”h”med in English, its simply pronounced as ‘Aa.med’. Neither is there a compensation for dozen other letters in Urdu. You must an English to read what you have formulated and you will be shocked, unless ofcourse you are making up words for train travelors to kw what station they have reached in their perseption of English letters and sound. To make it short the closest sound to local accent will be made by the spelling “Sinthe” for “Sindh”, which dont look as romantic, does it?Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @NuPak:
    “I don’t understand how do you pick letters and accent of another language which is not yours and assume “now it sound correct”! For example who said “Q”sound like urdu “Qaaf” when Turkey use “C” as Qaaf. ….”

    .
    This is the funniest piece of writing I have ever come across. The question you ask the author unfortunately applies more on you than anyone else. Is Turkish language yours?
    .
    Q as we know does not exist in Persian, Hindi, English and Turkish. Alphabet K is used instead. The capital of Turkey ought to be spelled Ancara as you implicate. But it is not. Written as Ankara. However figs are called incir. Darling is “canim” in Turkish. C is pronounced as J (of English).
    .
    “J” itself is used for a letter/sound that does not exist in Arabic, Hindi, Panjabi etc. “Snow flake” is Jale in Turkish and Persian. In Urdu its written as ZHaalah. Urdu speakers hardly do justice to it. In English you can produce the required sound in the words like “measure”.

    As in Hindi, English etc Turkish too does not have a “KH” sound.
    “KH” is replaced by “H” instead, so KHan becomes Han.
    .
    Please do not act like so many writers/bloggers who do not even bother to cross check before making wild claims. Encyclopedia can be of great help if and when used.Recommend

  • NuPak

    @Abid P. Khan: I wish you had elaborated more your knowledge of local Urdu words miss-spelled in English but after catching my C & Q mistake in Turkish you just celebrated your acheivement and went in another direction altogether not dwelling on the topic of “English” spelling for “Urdu” words. Looks like you have some know how of Turkish, please enlighten us more about Urdu language and it’s English future.Recommend

  • aj

    true and a “LOL” is must here..lolRecommend

  • aj

    @Abid P. Khan:
    Sucker, Sukker, Sakkar, Sakkhar? the first one is best..lolRecommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @NuPak:
    Please notice that it is you who is dragging the discourse off the subject, by introducing the case of Turkish spellings today, that too grasped from thin air and is nothing but your own supposition.
    .
    My request was to persons (in this case you) to bother to consult a source which could contain more reliable knowledge than their own, before making wild claims. I failed miserably, as any fool can check things up in an encyclopaedia, with minimal effort. Recommend

  • Concerned Citizen

    Our government has much better things than this to do; we should not be giving attention to issues whilst our country is plagued with all sorts of other problems. The writer should know better than to give so much undue attention to such a mundane issue.Recommend