The Baloch nation at home and abroad observes on 13 November of every year as the National Remembrance Day (Baloch Martyrs Day) to commemorate the struggle and sacrifice of Khan…
Greatness is our weakness
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 10:10 pm
By Nohan Zainudini
Throughout Kurdistan, the Kurds march in systematic unity, every soldier an essential cog in a large machine. In Israel, the Jew submits himself and his religious affiliations to the state, ensuring the survival of his ethnicity in the face of terrorism. In Balochistan, the Baloch stands independent in the middle of the desert, accompanied only by his sword and camel. This steadfastness is what earned the British Baloch infantry their reputation during the Battles of Ypres in World War 1.
This strength is a characteristic which has impressed every man who has marched through Balochistan, from the British Generals of the 18th century to Alexander the Great. This individual strength is the greatness of the Baloch. Yet the Baloch people have come to such a point where they have to evolve; for whereas individual strength is the jewel of Baloch culture, it has also been the downfall of our nation. In the time of Chakar Rind, the independence of Balochistan was destroyed by the civil war raging between Rind and Lashari, a war originating in a refusal to break Baloch custom.
Today, although the battle for independence goes forward, it is divided between many independent Baloch leaders. The greatness of the Baloch is that he submits himself to no one, and so, every man donning his traditional head garb to go into battle, becomes his own leader.
The same can be said of the political spectrum of Balochistan. A look throughout Facebook reveals not 3 large organizations, but 300 small ones. As the Baloch submits himself to no one, he submits himself not even to another Baloch. This is the mentality which ensured survival for the Baloch traversing the desert in search of food and water. Independence is the core fundamental of survival for the nomad, and its characteristics have put its mark on the mind of the Baloch.
The Balochistan independence struggle is a most honourable one, for our character and history demands that we rule Balochistan. But, there are those who have progressed further than us: The Kurds, approaching their vote for independence, have been under the influence of Leftist ideologies. This has created a political climate where the individual bows down to the authority of the state, and thus, every region of Kurdistan has one single, united and strong army. The Israelites have managed to do the same, with every adult man and woman being made to serve in a coherent military institution for 2-3 years.
Meanwhile, the Sardars of west Balochistan fight over pieces of land, a direct result of the Baloch’s tendency to individual independence. Israel and Kurdistan have stepped over the rusty antiquity of Tribal Rule, and instead, they and other successful independent groups, have managed to unite themselves under one single entity, whether it be Massoud Barzani or Yahweh.
The Greatness of the Baloch, standing independent, has impressed several ethnic groups throughout history. It embittered early Bahraini officials, whose hired Baloch mercenaries refused to take orders and turned to shooting their Indian Generals. It aroused awe in the British explorer Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor, who in his 19th-century diary, with excitement reports how a Baloch Sardar welcomed him with both friendliness and threats. It is the steadfastness which has inspired Western artist and politicians alike to engage themselves in our fashion, music and poetry. But every ethnic group comes to a point in their evolution where they must make a necessary change, although painful it might be. Many professors of history and anthropology have described this process when reporting how formerly tribal and divided people had to unite at the level of their ethnicity when faced with an international threat. In this, old feuds, friendships, and traditional structures had to be abandoned in favour of ethnic survival.
Professor Evans-Pritchard reported how the Nuer of Sudan finally overcame tribal boundaries and united under one leader when met by the international threat of Islamic slavers. With at least 18,000 Baloch kidnapped, many thousands killed, and our culture stamped out in libraries and universities, maybe we have come to such a point in our evolution.
The strength of the Baloch individual is a core fundamental of our culture, and it may not be abandoned. But surely, if the Jews and the Kurds have done it, then the Baloch should be able to balance his individual autonomy with the needs of the Baloch state; for the reason, many minorities are receiving support by the powerful West, is that they present a united and coherent front. In arming the Kurds, you don’t have to choose between 15 different groups, each with their own ideology, but rather only Peshmerga, PKK or YPG. In supporting Israel, you turn to their Knesset and IDF. When turning to Balochistan, Western nations should be able to find one solid and united Baloch front, so organized and systematic that it can manage itself without western intervention. This will inspire the Baloch and our allies with the power to further our struggle for independence. Then, the independence of our great nation will be within our reach. Every ethnic group comes to the point where they have to evolve, and in our case, it is not for mere survival: It is for the continued growth of our people, the increased flourishing of our artistry, and the necessity for the Baloch to transition into proper democracy, freedom and secularism – all under one united nation of Balochistan.
 Peterson, Baluch Presence in the Gulf, 2013: http://www.jepeterson.net/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/Peterson_Baluch_Presence_in_the_Gulf_2013.pdf
Nohan Zainudini is a 22-year old Baloch student of Psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is also a blogger at the Times of Israel and the director of The Organization of Baloch Youth in Europe. The group is currently collecting Baloch testimonials of abuse at the hands of Pakistan and Iran. http://blogs.