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Baloch of Mumbai and women of Karachi

Pirzada Salman KARACHI: From the first resistance against British occupation in Karachi to the eminent, unsung women who contributed substantially to the city’s cultural landscape, the inaugural day of the 2nd International Conference on Karachi covered quite a few bases on Friday at the Arts Council. But perhaps the most interesting paper of the day came from a young final-year undergraduate student at a research-based humanities programme at Delhi University’s Cluster Innovation Centre, Vikalp Kumar , who talked about the Karachi connection of Bombay’s Baloch population. He said currently between 3,000 and 4,000 Baloch resided in Mumbai. There was a time when they were known as ‘sangtaraash’ because they were in the profession of stone quarrying, but at present they mostly worked as drivers and stuntmen, he said. In fact, he added, one of the stuntmen in Salman Khan’s film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was Baloch. Mr Kumar then skimmed through the relay of migration of the Baloch people from dif