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Rasul Bux Palejo

Rasul Bux Palejo (born September 21, 1930) is a notable Sindhi nationalist leader, scholar and writer. He is father of Ayaz Latif Palijo leading Human Rights lawyer and leader. He is founder and chairman of Awami Tehreek (People's Movement), a progressive leftist party.

Early life  

Palejo (sindhi رسول بخش پليجو) was born at the village Mungar Khan Palijo, Jungshahi, Thatta District, Sindh on September 21, 1930, to Ali Mohammad Palijo and Laadee Bai. He got his early education at his village and secondary education at Sindh Madarstul Islam in Karachi. He did his law graduation from Sindh Law College Karachi. At the age of 15, he was fluent in Sindhi, Urdu, and English languages, and later became conversant inHindiArabicBalochiBengaliSiraikiPunjabi and Persian.[citation needed]

Political work 

A prolific writer and scholar, Palejo served as a Supreme Court lawyer.[citation needed] He is a former political prisoner, having been jailed under political charges for more than 11 years especially during the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in Pakistan. Most of his prisoner life, he was kept on Kot Lakhpat Jail, Punjab during 1980s.[citation needed] He was declared as "Prisoner of Conscience" by Amnesty International in 1981.[citation needed]

Books and international lectures He has written more than twenty books on politics, pure literature (short stories), literary criticism, history and political thought. He is a widely traveled scholar and had visited several times almost all regions across the world. As a visiting faculty, he has been delivering lectures at Jawahar Lal Nehru New Delhi (JNU), Delhi University, University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, University of Sussex, University of Essex, Kinston University, University of Milwaukee, Institute of Oriental Studies- Moscow, Houston University and number of other global academic institutions throughout the world.

Some of his famous books,
  • Andha Oondha Wej- Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Awhan Jey Pujaran(your worshiper)- Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Kot Lakhpat Jo Qaidi(Prisnor of Kot Lakhpat)- Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Jin Jhoona Garah Jalayo- Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Sandi Zat Hanjan- Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Maositong -Rasool Bux Palijo
  • Pase garhagul (stories) -Rasool Bux Palijo
  • siyasi Adab vol:01 -Rasool Bux Palijo
  • siyasi Adab vol:02 -Rasool Bux Palijo
  • siyasi Adab vol:03 -Rasool Bux Palijo
  • sindh Panjab water dispute -Rasool Bux Palijo

Personal life 

Rasool Bux Palijo was born in a lower middle class rural family of Thatta Sindh. After completing his initial education in Jungshahi and Thatta, he went to Sindh Madarsa in Karachi though his parents wanted him to stay in Thatta and look after the family. Then he did his LLB from Jinnah College and began a successful law career focused on criminal law. Prior to his work in law, he briefly held various positions with newspapers and educational institutions.
He got well versed in literature by reading Kant, Hegel, Karl MarxVladimir LeninMao ZedongMohandas Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.[citation needed] He was an outspoken critic of the feudal system and bureaucrats.[citation needed]
He was married to Sindhi singer, activist and author Zarina Baloch until her death on 25th Oct 2006. The union yielded a son Ayaz Latif Palijo.[1]
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