Life and Times of Mir Atta Muhammad TalpurBriefly, Dr. Mir Atta Muhammad Talpur is a medical, wellness, and health management consultant. He owns agricultural farms producing commercial and organic food and other crops in Sindh, Pakistan, and has online sales and healthcare-related businesses in Malaysia. This is enough for general readers, but for those who really want to dig deeper and know more about him and his family and his interests, they may keep reading, as this is the article only for them!
He belongs to the Talpur family of Mirpurkas, Sindh, and is a descendant of Sher-i-Sindh Mir Sher Muhammad Khan Talpur, who served the people of the independent Sindh as their last sovereign, and led the freedom struggle for his motherland, Sindh, in the battleground of Dubbo on March 24, 1843, by fighting against British invaders, led by the British East India Company, General Charles Napier.
Dr. Mir began his early education at St. Michael's Convent in Mirpurkhas, followed by APWA and Government Comprehensive Schools in Mirpurkhas. He received his college education from Shah Abdul Latif College, Mirpurkas.
Later, he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro (now Liaquat Medical and Health Sciences University) then affiliated with the University of Sindh. He graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, with a degree in Health Systems Management.
His partial shift from the role of a doctor practicing medicine to managing healthcare systems, promoting health and wellness, working on social sector programs and sustainable development initiatives is based on his obsession with contributing to the creation of better living conditions for all human beings, in general, and the poor and needy, in particular. This obsession led him to a postgraduate degree in health systems management and work in the health and social sectors.
He has always been interested in working on research projects related to health, well-being or social and sustainable human development. He believes that whenever he can get a chance to serve humanity through health promotion and research, he would certainly be willing to do so. His current involvement in health promotion is consistent with this belief. He is also interested in the health care business, which can benefit both him and the general population.
After graduating from medical college, he did houseman-ship in medicine and surgery, and then some clinical practice in primary care. He is registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and spent a lot of his time helping poor patients in his area, often free of charge until he moved to Malaysia.
He joined Pakistan's Social Action Program in the mid-nineties and worked as Project Director at the district level. He was mainly employed in Hyderabad district (Sindh) and had a wealth of experience working and coordinating with all federal and provincial departments and ministries, parliamentarians, provincial assemblies and cabinet ministers of the province of Sindh, as well as the local government of the districts of Hyderabad, Mirpurkas and Umerkot. This position has enriched him with the first-hand experience in politics, governance, bureaucracy and human development. The Social Action Program in which he worked also consisted of a primary health component and is satisfied that he has effectively coordinated with the district health authorities and implemented a primary health care plan in the district.
His interests and hobbies varied with time and circumstances. In childhood, he played cricket with a lot of enthusiasm and didn't miss watching any game broadcast live on TV. He played some soccer, badminton, volleyball, basketball, and hockey, but it was cricket that was his main sport of interest, and it still attracts his attention when he watches any game being played and coming live on TV. Now he feels more attracted to golf and wants to learn and join a golf club, depending on the time available. During school days, he loved collecting postage stamps from foreign countries.
He was also interested in collecting coins and other antiques, too. He still loves to collect antiques, but it's hard to keep up with this hobby in this fast-changing world. He has a lot of antiques from his own family, including a few very old guns, including the Pioneer of our Freedom Struggle, Mir Sher Muhammad Talpur. It's a muzzle load gun in which the gunpowder is filled from the front of the barrel. He has many other antiques, including old documents and letters from the prominent ruler of the British Raj, written to his grandfather and his great grandfather. There are many other very old belongings of his family that he still has, such as Royal Talpur's dress, including the peculiar' Talpurs ' cap and the coat of his great grandfather. The sword belonging to his family's elders is very old, but it's not really in good condition. He has some of the oldest photographs of his grandfather's camera. It is said that, when the camera was invented, the British Queen, Victoria, sent a team of photographers to take pictures of the prominent figures of the sub-continent. The team took photographs of his great grandparents in the first quarter of the 1860s. He still has the photographs with him.
When he was in medical college and lived in Hyderabad (Sindh), he often wrote columns in the country's prestigious newspaper "Letters to the Editor." Then he began writing articles, and these were published many times in Sindhi and English newspapers. His articles on many different issues have been published in Dawn, Hilal-i-Pakistan, Jago, Ibrat and Kawish. He has also posted some articles on his websites. More recently, he has been writing and exchanging views and opinions on social media sites such as Facebook Page, Facebook Profile, and Twitter, etc.
During his student life, he and his friends went on a hunting excursion in the Thar Desert and hunted Chinkara deer, partridges, and other game birds. He also visited the wetlands of Sindh for waterfowl hunting. He also went on hunting trips with friends for Hubara Bustard and Great Indian Bustard a number of times. But he never felt comfortable with this' interest,' and then gave up this hobby completely. He is now committed to the conservation of flora, fauna, wildlife and the environment and eats vegetarian food.
He likes to read intellectual writings, to read books and to see documentaries. His favorite English poet is William Wordsworth, who was a keen observer of nature and described his observations very well in his poetry. Of course, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is his favorite Sindhi poet. He sees his Sufi poetry as a great tool to overcome religious disharmony in any society. His mystical message is not limited to the people of Sindh but is a message for the whole of humanity.
While maintaining individuality, he thinks he leaned slightly towards mysticism. He considers religion to be a relationship between the individual and his Creator, with no one having the right to impose on others his own ideas of religion and culture. That's why he feels comfortable with people of different cultures and religions. As someone said, different religions are like rivers, all of which flow into the same ocean.
He's very fond of intellectual discussions and chats. He believes he's always a student who would learn and gain something from such valuable conversations. He likes to talk to very old, knowledgeable people to get first-hand information and impressions about their observations of the times when they were very young. In the current world scenario, he likes to read Anthony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, T. Harve Ekar, for further personal and financial developments and updates.
In his opinion, human development has been erratic and unsustainable throughout the ages. He's always been trying to find the causes of this insustainability. He feels that human beings are leading themselves to their own premature death. This is primarily due to a lack of human mental and conceptual development. In pursuit of the answer to his question, he participated in the work of the Canadian Institute for Human Mental and Conceptual Development. It was a good experience that helped him to mature in his mental and conceptual development. He launched an informal non-governmental organization, the Sindh Society for Research and Development, for the furtherance of his work.
When in Sindh, he keeps in touch with the people of his area, where his farms and businesses are located. He keeps in touch with them in order to help them solve their problems. Once he took part in local elections, but then he gave up politics. When in Sindh, those well-wishers who voted for him still come to him because of their problems when he's there and he's doing his best to solve them. Part of his time spent in Sindh is reserved for the people of his area.
In addition to these interests, he was also involved in the formation of an environmental organization called the Asian Environmental Group. However, for personal reasons, he moved to Malaysia and had to give up the project. He is involved in his personal business, managing his agricultural holdings where commercial, as well as organic food, is produced. He has also worked in real estate development and health consulting firms.
In free time, he either travels or updates his web sites, which he maintains. More recently he rarely gets time to update these, but still continuing this hobby. He is also collecting information from various sources for his project, The Royal Talpur's of Sindh. He wants to compile a comprehensive book on the role of the Royal Talpurs in the history and heritage of the subcontinent. In this connection, he was invited by an Italian University for holding a seminar for their students which he did in April 2004. Besides this, he coordinates American British Sindhi Medical Network and Asia Farming Network. In Malaysia, he writes on MelakaReview.com, the web site, which he created due to his deep interest in the history, heritage, culture, people, and development of Melaka. He wants to project and promote Melaka (Malacca) through this web site. In Sindh, he used to publish magazines containing articles on sustainable development and health promotion, a few times a year. He distributed it among people of his area free of the cost for educative purposes. He did not accept any financial donation in this regards and spent from his own pocket. However, on few occasions, he received some books and articles. Once he received a set of medical journals (Lancet) (one year) from a medical researcher from the UK. He handed over that set to Isra Medical University for benefit of their medical students.
He has many friends in various parts of the world. He likes traveling and has widely traveled within Pakistan as well as in Malaysia. He has been to the Middle East, a few times and to Iran, Afghanistan, Singapore, and Thailand as well. He has also been to Europe and visited Italy and France extensively. Next on his wish-list are Bali, Spain, and Australia.
Currently he is staying in Melaka, Malaysia, and provide healthcare-related management services to various companies through his company Sindh Ventures Sdn Bhd. His company also deals with other related businesses, the details of which can be found at SindhVentures.Com. He worked with late Dr. Ishak on the establishment of a college for the teaching of complementary medicine in Malaysia, developed its curriculum and got it approved from various authorities in Malaysia. He has also provided consultancy services to late Dr. Ishak’s integrated medical center in Melaka, Malaysia.
He is interested very much to learn Bahasa Melayu. However, due to time limitations, he is still learning BM. He would welcome any help in this regard.
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