|G M Syed Memorial Committee
2011 Monarch Hollow Lane
Katy, TX 77449
January 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: A R KAKEPOTO
Two Luminaries Honored for their Contributions to Sindhi Society and Language
G M Syed Memorial Awards 2016 Announced
HOUSTON, TX.- Two Sindhi luminaries, Mr. (Ustad) Mohammed Rahimoon of Badin, Sindh and Dr. Charles Graves of Switzerland, were conferred with the prestigious G. M. Syed Memorial Awards 2016 in recognition of their contributions to Sindhi identity, language, and Sindhi Rights Movement.
The G. M. Syed Memorial Awards are conferred to those whose work with dedication to honor the memory of Mr. Syed, a visionary leader who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement and was a beacon of the Sindhi people’s struggle for national self-determination. Previous recipients include renowned Sindhi luminaries:
Keerat Babani of Mumbai, India
Ibrahim Joyo of Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan
Dr. Motilal Jotwani of Delhi, India
Sobho Gianchandani of Larkano, Sindh
Azad Qazi of Karachi, Sindh
Mohan Gehani of Dubai, UAE
Kahdim Soomro of Sindh
Dr. Ghanshyam Parkash of India
Dr. Safdar Sarki of USA,
Sunder Agnani of India
Abdul Wahid Areesar of Sindh
Khaki Joyo of Sindh
Professor Baldev Matlani of Mumbai, India
Naz Sanai of Saan, Sindh
Professor M. K. Jetley of New Dehli, India
Taj Joyo of Sindh
Veena Shiringi of India
Atta Muhammed Bhambhro of Sindh
Sundri Uttamchandani of Mumbai, India
Abdul Khaliq Junejo of Karachi Sindh
Paru Chawla of Mumbai, India
Mr. Ali Nawaz Butt, Sindh and
Dr. Jagdish Sobhraj Lachani , India
Mr. Rociram, Sindh
Mr. Hiro Thakur, New Dehli, India
The above winners were conferred with this prestigious award in recognition of “to their exceptional contributions to Sindhi culture, identity, and Sindhi rights movement.”
Ustad Mohammed Rahimoon is a tireless campaigner and the central leader of the Jeay Sindh Movement advocating the freedom for Sindh. Mr. Rahimoon is one the early companion of Saeen G M Syed and joined him in 1973. Since then he remained in the forefront of the different wings of the movement, such as Jeay Sindhi Students Federation, Jeay Sindh Tehreek, Jeay Sindh Hari (Peasant) Movement, and GMist Council. Currently, he holds a central portfolio of Jeay Sindhi Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM). Mr. Rahimmon is a pioneer of study circles within the Jeay Sindh Movement. He is famously known for his memorizing of Shah Latif’poetry and bringing thousands of young minds into the folds of the party. Due to t his, he gained the title of the Ustad (the teacher). Mr. Rahimoon is also a prolific writer and has written numerous newspaper articles and communique.
The Pakistani army has arrested Mr. Rahmoon for more than a dozen times. In 1986 he was arrested under Martial Law and spent three years in prison and again in 2004 he was arrested and spent a year in jail due to his political ideologies and campaigning. In February 2016, Ustad Rahimoon was injured by police during a peaceful protest.
In November 2016, Mr. Rahimmon has been missing, and his whereabouts are unknown. Many national and international human rights groups have demanded his release. He is a 73 years old at the time of his disappearance.
The G. M. Syed Memorial Award is bestowed on Ustad Mohammed Rahimoon, “in appreciation for his life-long struggle and advocacy for human rights, democracy, civil rights and freedom for Sindhi peoples and Sindhi peasants.”
Dr. Charles Graves was born in 1932 in Syracuse, New York. He studied at Princeton and held an M. Litt. from Oxford and pursued a career in international relations at Geneva, Switzerland and earned a doctorate from Basel University. He has published books on the history of religions and the development of languages. Families of the Domesday Book occupied him for 25 years. Many hours were spent at the British Library preparing the volumes. He has been proactively associated with human rights movement for more than half a century. Since last two decades, he is the Secretary General of the Interfaith International, a Geneva-based human rights NGO. He has championed many causes of Human Rights for South Asia in UN Human Rights forums; He has been a staunch supporter of the cause of Sindhi people. He played a pivotal role in providing access to WSC for raising the issues of Sindhi people in UNHRC. He has actively supported efforts to create awareness about the human rights violations of Sindhi and Baloch people. He has edited two books written by Mr. Khadim Hussain Soomro on Saeen GM Syed and history of Sindh and has contributed in his writings and speeches on numerous occasions in history and human rights of Sindhi people.
The G. M. Syed Memorial Award is bestowed on Dr. Charles Graves “in appreciation for his activism at the United Nations forums and bringing the plight of Sindhis and other Oppressed Nations around the world and for promoting the nonviolence, conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue.”
The G. M. Syed Memorial Committee is a Houston, TX-based educational group organized to promote G. M. Syed’s message of non-violence, democracy, secularism and the right to self-determination for Sindhis and other oppressed nations within the international community. For more information, visit http://www.gmsyed.org.
The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is one of the most prominent human rights advocacy organizations for Sindh and Sindhis. The primary objective of WSC is to create a better understanding among the international community about the persecuted status of Sindhis in Pakistan and about the Sindhi people’s struggles for their human rights, including the right to self-determination. WSC is a registered company in England and Wales, and in the USA, organized to carry out non-profit activities only. For more information, visit http://www.worldsindhicongress.org.