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Balochistan: The Third Kind of ManTim King Salem-News.com
The first type of man goes to his death silent, the second goes kicking and screaming...
(SALEM) - Balochistan- where people are brave and rugged and timeless; living on land seized and occupied by Pakistan more than six decades ago. Any population so oppressed by others develop the ability to maintain resilience and dignity, it is almost unrivaled.
The film, Rang De Basantimeans which literally means, "Colour me in the season of Spring", follows the story if three brave Indian Revolutionaries in the 1920's who decided that the colonial British had to go. This is the same story of the Balochistan resistance movement today, only the occupier is Pakistan, the country won the rights to Balochistan in a post World War Two land grab.
Rang De Basantimeans traces the journey of a young British filmmaker, who ventures to India to produce a film based on the diary of her grandfather, a jailer in the Imperial Police during the Indian independence movement. Through the diary, she learns the story of five freedom fighters who were active in the movement: Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, Ashfaqulla Khan, and Ram Prasad Bismil.
Her grandfather states in his diary, that he had met two types of people in his life: the first one... who died without uttering a sound; the second kind ... who died with lots of anguish.. crying over their deaths; and the grandfather, helplessly in admiration of these Revolutionaries sentenced to death, reveals that in them, he met the third kind.
This image accompanying this brief article, is a photo of the third kind of man.
Like those Indian revolutionaries, he has a look of defiance, he knows something many people will never know, and he has seen things no human being should see. The spirit of the Revolutionary; Resistance fighters, simply can't be broken, even in death.
As we have outlined in past articles about Balochistan, those who stand up and scream out, calling attention to human rights violations; be they elected leaders, media, activist, or anyone who draws the attention to themselves, will likely face torture and death. The lack of humanity here is literally off the charts.
As a statement accompanying this image of a Baloch man moments before his death by hanging reads:
Jumma Marri wrote:
Previous reports about Balochistan
Apr-01-2012: Radio NPR's Report on Violence in Balochistan
Mar-18-2012: Mehran Baluch on Pakistan Occupied Baluchistan
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