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Remembering Battle of Dubbo

Remembering the Battle of Dubbo - March 24, 1843

Dauntless valiance and boundless patriotism of Sher-i-Sindh Mir Sher Muhammad Talpur and his Baloch forces turned the apparent defeat at Dubbo into the greatest victory of Sindh. After the conquest of Hyderabad on February 17th, 1843, it was this event which laid the foundations of the glorious incessant struggle of the peace loving sufi oriented Sindhis for the liberty of their rights and the freedom of their motherland.

At the end of the battle days, if British camps of Miani and Dubbo had witnessed the painful cries of dyeing Captain Richardson and Dimitrios; Mir Jan Muhammad Talpur, Mir Ghulam Shah Talpur, Mir Ismail Talpur and their thousands of their faithful soldiers like Hosh Muhammad Sheedi also took their last breaths. Before they went into rest in the laps of their motherland, each of them moved his bloodstained lips and pledged:

Sindh my mother, my beloved Jeejal!
On your call I've sipped this martyrdom
Here I go to others' World, but I'll return from there,
After changing the directions of centuries, and after hoisting the flag of righteousness in heavens, 
After changing the lead of time, I'll return on your call.

Sindh my mother, my beloved Jeejal!
When darkness would cast its shadows, when cruelties would come to rule,
When nights prevailed over days, when lies overcame truths,
I'll return at that time and will sacrifice my head again

Sindh my mother, my beloved Jeejal!
For your sake, I'll fight oppressions and tyrannies,
Chanting slogans of sacrifice, I'll return from there,
And will die for righteousness,
I'll be returning, fighting and meeting martyrdom again and again,
If crucified, I'll rise again,
But today I'm going to others' World, just to return from there!

The dusk of March 24, 1843 was not the usual twilight. The western skies were full of conflagrations. The sun, setting into the horizons, had already started shedding the tears of blood. And below these red skies, the fearless sons of the soil were irrigating their motherland with their own blood! The ambience was as serious and silent as death! Sun sets daily, but it had never been as sad and mournful as it was on the fateful day. The evening came, and with it came the heavenly call for the spirit of martyrs to embark their journey to eternity!

The skies and angels peered astonishingly at the battleground of Dubbo! The combat between Life and Death, which ensued at the afternoon, consummated by the twilight. And Sindh went into the slumber and silence, as quiet as that of Makli! Mir Jan Muhammad Talpur was true. He raised the slogan, 'Mar waysun par Sindh na ddaysun'. They died but did not 'give' Sindh. Napier got it only when they had been martyred.

Since the fateful day, Sindh, incessantly struggling for undoing its subjugation, has been calling Sher-i-Sindh and Shuhada-i-Sindh to fulfill their pledge and resurrect like the Phoenix in the hearts of every Sindhi. We need to imbibe their spirit in our hearts to bring life to our silent slumbering Sindh! Let us remember March 24, every year, as a National day of our beloved Sindh.

Note: Parts of the above write-up (especially the poetry portions) have been adopted from a Sindhi article written by Amar Jalil. All credit should go to him and all errors of omission, commission, translation, etc. are mine. - Ed