Gwadar, the talisman of nationalist leadership part 1

The most important lesson in the history of revolutions is that when the people themselves stand up, leadership is born from within them. Even the world's greatest revolutionary leader would have been buried in the graveyard of history if people had not been available to carry him on their shoulders, listen to his speeches and respond to his voice. The famous English proverb, written by an anonymous author who chronicles these revolutions, and which has now become popular, is that "Leadership comes on the tides of the revolution", leadership rides the waves of revolution.

Gwadar, the talisman of nationalist leadership part 1
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The Iranian revolution is only a matter of tomorrow. The world is aware of every single moment of it. The important lesson of this revolution is that the nation first emerges like a scattered mob and then brings to the fore the leadership hidden within it. If the Iranian nation had remained silent on the atrocities of the Shah of Iran for a few more years, the world would not be familiar with the name of Ayatollah Khomeini today. In Iraq, where hundreds of other Ayatollahs are buried, they too would be buried in a grave. The nations that have been waiting for the day when a leader, the Messiah, will come, will unite them, will stir them up.

That revolution is a thing of the past and never sees the form of change. The people of Gwadar have proved that they are such a vibrant nation that when it stands up, the leadership hidden within it, riding on its waves, comes with the zeal and determination that it has been in this flood of people for the last seventy years. Faiz Baloch, who has been in the position of self-made leader for years, has also swept away the nationalist leadership.

Forty years ago today, when I arrived in Gwadar for a survey by the UN agency, the Anti-Drug Fund, a procession was patrolling the city streets to provide clean water, with only women participating. Were Hans Spielman, my German colleague with me, was shocked to see this and started taking pictures with the camera, but our driver forbade him.

This was the age of today's media and there was no such thing as a women's march in the country. Such a politically vibrant and conscious woman and also in an area of ​​Pakistan that the majority of the people living in Balochistan had never seen, was certainly a surprise to me. A few hunters who came to hunt deer etc. in the maze of high and lofty mountains of Pasni and Gwadar would tell stories of the charm of this beautiful beach in the gatherings of Quetta and Karachi. If one intended to travel from Quetta to Gwadar in a private vehicle, he would have to find a place to stay overnight in Yanggur or Turbat.

In such a city cut off from the world, the procession of women only for their problems was certainly a surprise. But it turned out that the majority of the men here spend months on the sea to catch fish, and behind them the daily problems of flour, pulses, vegetables, electricity and water are faced by women alone. That is why the women of Gwadar used to go out in the field to solve their problems. What could be the problems of this remote city which was far away from modern civilization, two issues were important, one was clean water and the other was electricity and bus for a few hours at night. There was a small diesel generator, which supplied electricity for five or six hours at night.

If it broke down or ran out of diesel, women would take to the streets after a day or two of patience. There were only two sources of clean water. There were three large wells built on the slopes of a big mountain, in which salt water from the mountains would come first into a well and then pass through its sandy wall. People would get fresh water. This system was running from the time when Gwadar was part of Muscat and Amman. If it had not rained, this reservoir would have dried up. Alternatively, small boxes of cement were made over a wide area on the beach, covered with thick glass.

Sea water was brought in these cans, when the sun shone on the glass, the water evaporated and then all this steam was conveyed through a pipe to a very large tank where it cooled down to become water, it was also clean and sweet. ۔ More salt would accumulate in the bottom of the cans and this process would have to be stopped for a few days to clean them. If this work had been delayed or the government had tolerated it, women would have taken to the streets to solve their problems. This same leadership of women was active from day one in almost all the coastal cities of Balochistan like Pasni, Jwani, Ormara and Gwadar. Months later, when the fishermen's boat landed on the shore, there was a celebration.

The only person who can come in the mood of song, dance and ecstasy is the one who has spent months staring at the blue sea and blue sky. There were ovens along the coast, in which fresh fish was fried and cooked. I have never eaten such a delicious fish anywhere else in my life. There was a small bazaar which was covered with reeds, sacks of saffron and tarpaulins to escape the heat and in the middle of it was the famous halwa shop of Gwadar where halwa of many colors was available which was the only gift there.

This was the central and ancient Gwadar of forty years ago which has not changed at all despite the development taking place around it. why like this. This was the question that came to the fore in this sit-in. From the shores of Hawaii in the United States to Sydney in Australia, this is the only city in the world right now. Half the world, the United States and Europe, interpret its growth as its economic downturn, while Russia, China and Pakistan share their future. Billions of dollars are being spent on building a network of motorways to reach this city.

Agreements have been reached to supply billions of dollars worth of oil to China through this port. Russia has turned its trade to the hot waters where it once landed its troops in Afghanistan and suffered a humiliating defeat. The US Pentagon has formed a four-member alliance with Australia, India and Japan to prevent China and Russia from benefiting from the port of Gwadar. This is Gwadar which has become such a center of attention globally. The ancient population of this city is so oppressed.

It was a feeling of oppression that one day the population of this city got fed up and took to the streets. But before taking to the streets, they also unfurled the banner of the Baloch nationalist leadership, which for the last fifty years had been the flag bearer of Gwadar's rights, but only to the extent of chanting slogans. According to the citizens of Gwadar, the first robbery on their rights was committed by the leadership which repeatedly came to power in Quetta in their name.

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