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Saba, a real preacher of optimism

By:Shaari Baloch

The mother tongue plays a vital role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity of a nation, nonetheless it requires a proper place in the world in order to pave some ways out for the possiblity of contributions by the  alumni, undergraduates and postgraduates of that language.

The language generates the most positive attitude, encourages the people to develop confidence and other essential skills such as, critical thinking and literacy rate.

The skills which can be transferred, when we begin studying in other languages. However, it is much harder to teach these abstract skills directly through medium of another language. For almost above than 70 years, in Baloch society where the mother tongue was deliberately kept limited and suppressed, the state administrated school systems have no role to nurture the Balochi/Brahvi language under the sophisctated policies aimed to suppress the languages and the student creativity towards it's language development and advancement.

In today's progressing world, the international educational institutes establishing the mother tongue's related programes in a quest of easiness to create the best conducive climates. Suppose, in Bratislava where the students have been encouraged to bring books written in their home languages to build  pride in their own culture. In the most suppressed and subjugated society where keeping Balochi literature in hostels and in public libraries considered a crime, the only return reward for the development of mother language is to face the hardships.
Despite of these stern circumstances, Balochi language experienced the power of encouragment in  influences of a person, we commonly known him as Professor Saba Dashtiyari.
As his name meaning concerns "Saba", a bright new dawn, who shaped the minds of future leaders, a hope for those students who were willing to work for the development of their language for a long time. it was sopposed to be the era of enlightenment, the era of intellectualism in the oppressed nation just owing to his broaden thoughts of getting all into the spectrum of unity. The circles which had been carried out under the supervision of Professor Saba in the Canteen and vacinity of University where he served as a Professor were the most   encouraged moments for the Baloch youth. Those experienced moments brought a hope and optimism for Baloch youth but unfortunately he has not been tolerated by the state having a staunch back for armed independence movement.

The love for Saba by the Baloch students was undefinable, it was the  darkest day when Saba the most approachable teacher by any member of community was assasinated, one of his students went home and spent his whole day lonely without speaking a single word, after inquiring from him, he replied in a depressed voice, just in a simple sentence, "the University was roaring at me".

A berief discription over the life of legendry teacher "Shaheed-e-Kandeel" Professor  Gulam Husain Saba Dashtiyari tells how much committed and sincere person he was, he was born in 1953 in the Baloch historical city of Mai Kolachi, now called Karachi. He persuaded his basic education from Lyari, Karachi and did his intermediate in SM Commerce Collage Karachi. Saba did his Master degree in philosophy and islamic studies from Univerity of Balochistan and later got a job in Balochistan University while he was  continuing his studies in 1976 and prefered teaching instead of his studies because of his great intent to serve for the Baloch nation.
He was the Proffessor of theology but was as well fluent in many languages including Persian, English and Arabic beside Balochi in which he was having a great affection. Primarily Saba initiated writing in Urdu language but in 1984 abondened writting in Urdu as being inspired by famous Balochi writter and poet Abdullah Jamaldini and adopted his mother tongue  Balochi for his literary works and contributions.

In 1996, Saba laid down the foundation of premier Balochi language academy, Syed Hashumi Reference Library which has hundreds of books in Balochi literature however it started functioning properly in 2002.

Other than these opportunities for Baloch nation, he was planing for the research committee by the name of Balochelogy and to form a Balochi encyclopedia but he was utterly perturbed over the lack of official encouragement for the Balochi language and emphasized on the need for societal efforts to preserve Baloch identity and assets.
He was the most liberal and open-minded person, being always sorrounded by the students holding veriety of books, discussing over different topics ranging from politics, revolution to taboos topics.
In his presence there was neither any gape of discrimination of religion among the students nor any propaganda towards Brahvi and Balochi language. This clearly defines how much sensitive Saba was to the motives towards Baloch and it's existence.

At the begining, he was silent, limited to his professional teaching and promoting of Balochi language but his faith and conscience allowed him to realize most that his contribution is not  enough for his language and Baloch movement, so he started addressing seminars, joined the ralies and openly demanded the release of thousands of missing persons and used to sit at different hunger strikes camp.

During the seminars which he attended, many journalists interupted him while he was delivering speeches but the threats and intereptions were not enough to discourage this faithfull and practical man. It is a common saying that the oppressed nation, either they are students, proffessors or intellectuals have no future, they would be abducted, dumped or killed sooner or later.
However, being the inhabitants of the colonized land there is no way to get justice but struggle untill last breath because negation can be completely overcome by the negation.
Unfortunately we lost a great teacher, an honest worker and activist on 1 June 2011 in shape of another big loss, an intellectual of the   oppressed nation and stamped his name in golden words of history. The Baloch nation will always remember his contributions towards Baloch independence movement and language. Hope the new morning would be the "Real Saba" for  the oppressed nation 

"If today the entire world doesn't pay attention to Baloch's screams, a day will come, it comes to us but when we get united under an umberalla for a single collective goal of independence", Said Saba Dashtiyari once in a gathering.
The vision that Saba broaden by sacrificing his all wishes now flow in the drops of every Baloch's blood. This is a reason we all considered ourselves as Saba and come to kill us untill the vision of enlightenment envisages us to the ways that Saba followed on.

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