By: Juma Baloch
“There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.” William Halsey
History is the best school that teaches us the importance of our action, and those who don’t learn from history are bound for destruction and annihilation.
An Arrow can Break: The First Narration
Once upon a time, a boy lived in the wilderness of northeast Asia. He was ostracized from his native village by his tribe following the murder of his chieftain father. The new leaders of the tribe hoped that he and his family would die of hunger or killed by animals in the wilderness.
The boy was selfish, and being the elder in the family, he would hunt and gather adequately but refused to share with others. He had regular fights with his family members over the distribution of the meat he had hunted and the fruits he gathered.
One day, his wise mother, who had become the head of the family after his father’s murder, called all her children to her tent. She asked the boy to stand in front of all his siblings as he was the eldest. She gave him an arrow to break, which he did easily and then she gave him a bunch of arrows bundled together, which he tried very hard but could not.
His mother advised him, “You are strong and brave but your opponents can overcome you when you are alone.” She explained, “United with your brothers and family, you can survive in this wilderness and prosper.”
This simple but wise advice became the philosophy in the boy’s life, which changed the history of his people. The name of the boy was Temujin and the world knows him as Genghis Khan.
Vilified throughout human history for brutality, Genghis Khan unified the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and present day Mongolia into a great civilization. His people today regard him as the founding father of the nation.
The Yellow River: The Second Narration
The Yellow River in China is regarded as one of most furious rivers of the world.
In ancient times, there lived a boy on Mount Song, located to the south of the Yellow River. His father, Gun, was tasked by the King Yao to build a system for controlling the flood that plagued the Chinese heartland in order to prevent it from further economic and social devastation.
It took Gun more than nine years to build a series of dikes and dams along the riverbank. And yet all of his efforts were ineffective. With the death of Gun, the same task was handed over to his son to be completed.
The legend goes that he was newly married, and he promised that until the task bestowed upon him is not accomplished, he will not return home. He traveled the length and breadth of the river to determine the cause of his father’s failure.
His conclusion was simple; instead of blocking the power of the river by building dams, he advised to make canals and divide its strength, and by doing so irrigate inner lands and tame the river.
The flaw to his advice was how to dig canals on a river that stretches 5464 km and runs through the land of different tribes controlled by their lords. He visited every tribe along the river’s course and sought their help to accomplish this difficult task. It took him sixteen years to get the job done. Finally, his hard work bore fruit and for the years to come, people living around the Yellow River were spared from the devastating floods.
This humble person in history is simply known as Yu. King Shun, who reigned after King Yao, handed over the reins of the kingdom to him instead of his son. Yu founded what would be known in history, the Xia Dynasty, traditionally considered China’s first dynasty.
Near to impossible task accomplished collectively by the different tribes of the Yellow River, not only saved them from destruction, but helped found a dynasty, the precursor of a prosperous civilization. The unity of the tribes many years later further developed the people of the Yellow River into a nation known as China.
Mother: The Third Narration
The first woman said. “We both live in the same house, we both gave birth to a baby boy within three days of each other. Her son died when in sleep she rolled over and suffocated him and she replaced him with my child while I was sleeping.”
The second woman replied, “Not so, my son lives, your son is dead.”
King Solomon asked for a sword and ordered to cut the child into two, and give each woman half of the child.
The first woman cried out, “No my lord! I don’t want the child. Please, let him live. Give the child to the second woman.”
The second woman said: “Neither mine nor hers. Let the child be cut in half.”
King Salomon ordered, “Don’t kill the boy. Give him to the first woman, for she is the real mother.”
The wisdom of King Solomon knew that the real mother loved the baby so much that she would rather part with him than have him murdered.
Most of us must have heard these stories, time and again, since our childhood days. There could be variations in the narrative but the moral of the story remains the same – unity and selflessness shall always be rewarded.
Today our beloved Baloch nation stands at its most critical juncture. Disunity and selfishness has shattered the ranks and files of the Baloch liberation movement. The cadre is confused, disappointed and disheartened, while the political will for unity is nowhere to be seen.
Even a desire or a hint for unity is being questioned today by a vast majority now discouraged and attacked upon in the name of vague principles and ideologies.
Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri’s message to the Baloch nation on this issue is very clear. He said, “We have one agenda, and that is freedom; without unity freedom cannot be achieved. Struggle should not stop at any cost, because a pause at this stage will be our annihilation. And we must fasten the pace of our struggle because there isn’t much time left.”
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur covering the issue in his article “Is this the End?” wrote “The movement is not monolithic and, moreover, the struggle is larger than any organisation or individual and has found a place in the hearts and minds of the Baloch people because they have come to realise that their salvation lies in the struggle’s success. Any organisation or individual that goes against the people’s wishes is sooner rather than later bound to be rejected”
Let’s see who will raise to these extraordinary circumstances, bring unity in Baloch Liberation movement and eventually freedom to motherland. He/She will be written as an extraordinary person in the history of Balochistan.