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Τετάρτη, 5 Απριλίου 2017

Το Πακιστάν αναγνώρισε τους Καλάς ως απογόνους των Ελλήνων στρατιωτών του Μ.Αλεξάνδρου!

O EΛΛΗΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΑΚΟΥΓΕΤΑΙ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΛΙ ΣΤΑ ΒΑΘΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΣΙΑΣ
Ο Ελληνισμός «ακούγεται» και πάλι στα βάθη της Ασίας καθώς οι πακιστανικές αρχές αναγνώρισαν την περιβόητη φυλή των Καλάς ως απογόνους των στρατιωτών του Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου!
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Kalash: An odyssey of the heart

Πακιστανικό δικαστήριο διέταξε τις αρχές να καταμετρήσουν ξεχωριστά, κατά τη διάρκεια της απογραφής του πληθυσμού, την κοινότητα που θεωρείται ότι είναι απόγονοι των πολεμιστών του ξακουστού Έλληνα, Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου, γράφει, σήμερα, το αλβανικό κρατικό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων (ata.gov.al) και δημοσιεύει το  Βαλκανικό Περισκόπιο 

Οι Καλάς (Kalash ή Kalasha) είναι μια κοινότητα 4.000 κατοίκων που ζούν στις ορεινές περιοχές κοντά στα σύνορα με το Αφγανιστάν, διατηρούν τα πολιτιστικά και θρησκευτικά ήθη και διαχωρίζονται από τους εντόπιους μουσουλμάνους.


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Το Πακιστάν, το οποίο κατέχει την έκτη θέση στον κόσμο σε αριθμό πληθυσμού, διοργανώνεται και πάλι μετά από 20 χρόνια απογραφή η οποία  έπρεπε να είχε γίνει το 2008, αλλά ματαιώθηκε λόγω βίαιων γεγονότων στη χώρα.

Κατά την απογραφή συλλέγονται τα δεδομένα: τα άτομα και τις οικογένειες που ανήκουν στην κύρια θρησκεία, την Ισλαμική, καθώς και σε δύο άλλες θρησκείες του Ινδουισμού και του Χριστιανισμού, ενώ παραλείπονται οι μικρές θρησκευτικές ομάδες όπως οι Καλάς, όπως λέει ο ακτιβιστής Λούκε  Ρεχμάτ (Luke Rehmat), απόγονος του Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου.

Ο Ρεχμάτ και άλλοι ακτιβιστές υπέβαλαν αίτηση στο δικαστήριο ότι η κοινότητά τους πρέπει να καταγραφεί ξεχωριστά.

«Το δικαστήριο αποφάνθηκε υπέρ μας», δήλωσε ο Ρεχμάτ.

Οι Καλάς είναι απόγονοι των στρατιωτών του Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου, οι οποίοι παρέμειναν στις περιοχές αυτές, μετά από την περίφημη μάχη του Υδάσπη ποταμού (326 π.Χ.) κατά του βασιλιά Πώρου του ινδικου βασιλείου Παουραβά στην Πενταποταμία.

(Agjencia Telegrafike Shqiptare)

Σχετικό κείμενο αντλούμε  από την ιστοσελίδα  του Πακιστάν «Down.com» στην αγγλική γλώσσα, που αναφέρεται στο δικαίωμα «βάσει του άρθρου 25 του Συντάγματος, κάθε πολίτης πρέπει να αντιμετωπίζεται ισότιμα».


Ακολουθεί το πακιστανικό άρθρο στην αγγλική αλλά και η σχετική ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση προς εξακρίβωση του δημοσιεύματος:

PESHAWAR.

 A Peshawar High Court bench on Tuesday directed the chief census commissioner to include the famous Kalasha religion in the form for the imminent second phase of population census in Chitral district.


Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ikramullah Khan disposed of a petition jointly filed by four Kalash community members, including Shah Hussain and others, asking the respondents including the chief census commissioner to specifically mention the religion of the petitioners in the census form to the extent of Chitral district only for their census.


Respondents in the petition were the federal government through the interior secretary; chief statistician and chief census commissioner, and provincial census commissioner.


Amir Sabir, lawyer for the petitioners, said his clients were the citizens of Pakistan, lived in Kalash valleys in Chitral district and followed Kalasha religion.


He said the religions of Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Qadiani (Ahmadis), and members of scheduled caste and other religious minorities were mentioned in the census form but ironically, the form didn’t carry the name of Kalasha religion.


The lawyer said the government had admitted Kalasha as a religion through a letter issued by the then ministry of minority affairs on April 22, 2009.


He added that on the basis of the said letter, Kalasha religion was included by the National Database and Registration Authority in the computerised national identity card forms.


The lawyer said the high court had already ordered the inclusion of Sikhism in the census form.
He said the petitioners had learned that their religion’s name was missing in the census form as Chitral district, where Kalasha people lived, was to be covered in the second phase of population census.


Mr Sabir also said Kalasha was recognised across the world as a religion.
He said under Article 25 of the Constitution, every citizen had to be treated equally.
The lawyer said the census took place after a delay of many years as the last such exercise was conducted in 1998 and that the data to be obtained during the current census would be used for distribution of government facilities and resources to provinces.


He said the petitioners belonged to a very backward area and were entitled to be dealt with in accordance with the law and to be given equal protection as enjoyed by other religions.
The bench observed that Kalasha had already been recognised as a separate religion by the government of Pakistan as was evident in the Apr 22, 2009, official letter.


Deputy attorney general Manzoor Khan Khalil appeared for the federal government, whereas the deputy census commissioner, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Akhtar Ali Khan, also turned up before the bench.


Members of Kalash community living in three remote valleys of Chitral district, including Bamburet, Rambore and Birir, are known for unique culture and traditions.


The second phase of census will begin on April 25 in different areas of the country, including Chitral.

Published in Dawn, April 5th, 2017




Kalash: An odyssey of the heart


The compulsive urge to travel is a recognised physical condition, and is known as 'dromomania'. I can say without any hesitation that I suffer from it. Every time I look at the map and retrace my progress, I become painfully aware of the countries I have not visited yet.

I have been visiting countries for free mainly because I apply to summer schools, conferences, consultations and volunteer work, so that I get to travel. My wanderlust has been increasing with each new experience, and this time, I wanted to do it differently.

I made up my mind to travel to Kalash and explore what my country has in store for me. As a female solo traveler, I did encounter surprise and pestering by some fellow travelers. Sadly, there is a dire need of instilling gender sensitivity in the Pakistani society, one never feels this more strongly than when traveling alone in the country.

Granted, there are good people around too, who try to help and make you feel comfortable, but they are in a minority here. Looking back, I feel somewhat heroic having done this trip on my own.

After all the enchanting photographs I had seen, I couldn't wait to visit Kalash during the Chillum Joshi festival.

The rugged and majestic mountains surrounding the lush green valley welcomed me with the fresh and cool breeze particular to that region. The assembly of tall pine trees particularly, perched on slopes, was a sight to marvel.





I feel lucky to have experienced the festival, because after a few years, there is a chance there won’t be any more Kalash people left – their tribe is steadily decreasing due to either conversions or development in the area.

A total of 3500 Kalash people are now left in the three valleys of Bambooret, Ramboor and Birir. The loss of this tribe; its culture and heritage; its toxic uniqueness, will be an utter tragedy for our country.

The Chillum Joshi festival happens every year in May. The festival welcomes spring and honours the deities of the Kalash people for protecting them. It attracts foreigners and locals alike. The people of Kalash are said to be descendants of Alexander the Great, and so, have Greek ancestry; the fair skin tones and coloured eyes are a declaration indeed.


They speak ancient Greek too. I remember being welcomed by Ishpata! ('hello' in their language). Looking at the beautiful headgear of the Kalash women decked in cowrie shells and beads and crowned with a large feather, did make me recall some parts of Greece where women wear similar head coverings during their traditional festivals


The Kalash people celebrate spring with dancing and rhythmic chants. They were pulling me in to dance with them. It felt like some Eastern European traditional dance, floating across with elaborate foot movements while holding the waists and shoulders of their dancing partners.









The dance and music introduced to me many friends from the Kalash tribe. I can still recall the beautiful smiles of Shamsia, Amrina, Marijiana, Zoya and Fais Begum who were studying and aspiring to do great things in life.

Marjiana and Shamsia who were studying in Grade 8, wanted to be doctors. Their eyes sparkling with an unforgettable motivation. When I was leaving, Marjiana gave me her handkerchief, as that was all she had with her that day. She had insisted that I take it with me.


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