BALOCHISTAN: November, 2016 started with heavy military operation in all over Balochistan, especially in Dasht, District Kech. 82 people have been abducted until now. Among them 18 people were later released and 64 civilians are still missing. Some of them were forced to work in military camps of the area while whereabouts of the others are unknown.
Indiscriminate bombardment causes heavy losses to the residents of the area. Herds have died and houses have destroyed due to shelling. Many other houses were set ablaze after looting all the valuables from the houses.
Even as the Balochis of Mumbai rally for an OBC status, not much has changed for this community of migrant stonebreakers in over a century
By Anju Maskeri | mid-day 20-Nov-2016
In 1901, when the British Government brought approximately 5,000 people from Balochistan to Mumbai via Karachi to work as stone quarrying labourers, Anis Sohrab’s grandfather was one of them. “He was just 18 then. His engagement had broken off and he was looking to get away from home. So, he came to Mumbai on a steamer and started working as a labourer here,” says the 50-year-old. Back in the day, the grandfather built the Gaondevi temple near Sohrab’s Andheri (East) residence. “The then Viceroy, John Gilbert employed him to work on the Khandala railway tracks and tunnel,” he reveals.
The issues plaguing Balochistan gained prominence in the public discourse following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, in which he empathised with the people there and vowed to extend support to the troubled country.
Modi’s words have resonated as various leaders of the Balochistan independence struggle have found a prospective ally in India. One such leader, Naela Qadri Baloch, now views the struggle with renewed hope.