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14 Nov 2017
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So in the first phase of our study we will start from the era of Saidu Baba in Swat.

 

Modern swat state came into being in 1917. How it came into being? Who were the main characters involved? What were the challenges, hardships and obstacles they faced? To find answers to questions like these and many more and to correct our perspective about people and events involved therein we have to study what were the social and political conditions of the area then and what they are today in 2017.

Who was doing what or who has done what then and who is doing what or who has done  what now for Swat and the people of Swat. Many unsung heroes then and many unsung heroes now.

We will see that there seems a rough resemblance in the events that occurred at different times in the past two centuries in Swat. It may be of value to note those events.

What it was like and what were/was the major event/s in and around 1849 then and in 1949 a hundred years later. What was going on in the area in the 1890’s and what in the 1990’s.

In 1849 Saidu Baba had a role in forming the first Islamic state of Swat while in 1949 his grandson assumed the role as Wali of Swat.

 

In the 1890’s the resistance against the British occurs in the same decade as the TNSM in the 1990’s with some difference of objectives and years. The principal personalities in both cases were not inhabitants of the main Swat valley, one was from Buner and the other from Dir.

 

Modern swat state came into being in 1917. How it came into being? Who were the main characters involved? What were the challenges, hardships and obstacles they faced? To find answers to questions like these and many more and to correct our perspective about people and events involved therein we have to study what were the social and political conditions of the area then and what they are today in 2017.

There also seems resemblance in the role of the Miangul brothers then and the role of Miangul brothers now.

The two Miangul brothers, Miangul Abdul Wadud Bacha Sahib and Miangul Sherin Shahzada, were engaged in the struggle for formation of Swat State in the beginning of the previous century when the younger, Miangul Sherin Shahzada, was killed in a battle and then the elder brother, Miangul Abdul Wadud Bacha Sahib, continued his struggle.

Similarly it was in the beginning of the present century that another Miangul, Miangul Asfandyar Amir Zeb, was killed by the terrorists and then his elder brother, Miangul Adnan Aurangzeb , started his leadership role in a different way.

Both these periods represent uncertainty and a sort of chaos in the area. Then the Jarga of Swat was trying to overcome that uncertainty and chaos and now also a number of Jargas of different bodies of Swat society are trying to play their role for a better future of Swat.

In the first instance Miangul Abdul Wadud Bacha Sahib emerged as successful and in the second instance we are yet to see what happens of the struggle of the present Mianguls that is Miangul Adnan Aurangzeb (in the non-political field) and that of Miangul Shahryar Amir Zeb (in the political field). Their role is of far reaching consequences for the area. But it must be kept in mind that their great grandfather had complete authority as he was King of the whole Swat, while they have no complete authority over the whole of Swat. Still looking at their family background they are capable more than anybody else to do a lot for Swat as a whole. And we are yet to see what fruits the struggle of the Jargas of different organizations and civil society groups of Swat bear.

As the Formation of modern Swat state has as its foundation the life and role of Saidu Baba in the area from 1845 to 1863. Therefore for a study of modern swat state the role of Saidu Baba must be studied and kept in mind. And to understand fully that role we have first to have a look at what were the social and political conditions of the area in the times of Saidu Baba.

 

To be continued……………..

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