Hujra; A plateform for political, social, cultural and economic revival
ISLAMABAD, March 16: Economic instability, worsening law and order situation and urbanization are major reasons behind the decline in ‘Hujra’ culture in the Pashtun society, said Mehran Ali Khan.
He was addressing the discussion on ‘Hujra’ in FRC Culture Exploration Program (CEP). CEP is a weekly activity of FATA Research Center (FRC) with sole aim to explore cultural and traditional heritage of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and highlight the soft image of tribal areas round the globe. Executive Director FRC Saifullah Mahsud, Director Mansur Khan Mahsud, Project Manager Mohammad Zaheer and others participate in the discussion.
The participants of the discussion were of the view that decline in Hujra has resulted in different problems like moral training of young generation, resolution of local issues amicably and encouraging literary and other healthy activities in the society.
It was observed in the function that everyone has to play role for revival of Hujra culture in Pashtun society particularly in tribal areas as it will help resolve all problems. Tribal areas are facing worst time due to terrorism, extremism and insurgency, but Hujra has capacity to pacify the situation and bring peace in the society, they viewed.
Mehran Ali gave a detailed presentation on “Hujra” and its different forms in the world and role of Hujra in social mobilization.
He said that cultural norms, political and socio-economic discussion were hold in Hujra in the past, which was source of enlightenment for whole population. “It was considered to be a sign of respect where elders could share their experiences, however, with the deteriorating law and order situation; Hujra culture witnessed a sharp decline in last few decades”, Mehran narrated.
After presentation on introduction, structure and functions of Hujra, the house was opened for discussion and participants shared their experiences and presented their recommendations for the revival of Hujra culture in Pashtun society.
While urging the revival of Hujra, speakers said that it played a vital role in the past to resolve disputes and to educate people. It could play a more proactive role to bring stability and peace by brining collective thinking in the society.
They further urged for the place where women could gather and share their experiences and get more knowledge about day to day life. (FRC)