Hyderabad in 1951, lies across the Indus. Other education needs are served by numerous government colleges, the Liaquat Medical College, and specialized vocational institutions.
Hyderabad district is a vast fertile alluvial plain, excepting the hilly region of Hyderabad city, extending along the east bank of the Indus. Cultivation is dependent upon canal irrigation. Millet, jowar (sorghum), rice, wheat, cotton, oilseeds, and mangoes are the chief crops. Cottage handicrafts include leatherwork, glazed pottery and tiles, lacquer ware and susi (striped cotton cloth) from Hala (north of Hyderabad city), khes (cotton blankets), susis and anguchahs (cotton cloth) from Naseerpur (northeast of Hyderabad). Historic sites include Bhit Shah (4 mi [6 km] east of Hala), containing the tomb of Shah ‘Abd-ul-Latif (d. 1753), the poet and Sufi saint, and an ancient Buddhist stupa. The picture that you see is the tomb of the famous mystic poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitaai.
Hyderabad division (area 34,257 sq mi) comprises Dadu, Hyderabad, Badin, Sanghar, Thar Parkar, and Tatta districts. The division includes the swampy delta of the Indus river on the Arabian Sea (southwest), the fertile alluvial plain of the Indus (north central), and part of the great Thar Desert (east). Pop. (1981 prelim.) city, 795,000; metropolitan area, 1,045,000; district, 2,080,000; division, 7,103,000.
The battlefield at Miani is about ten kilometers (six miles) north of Hyderabad and some five kilometers (three miles) off the National Highway. The memorial is down a dusty narrow track in the forest and you’ll need a local guide to find it. Hyderabad’s eighteenth-century fort was first the court of the Kalhora dynasty and then that of the Talpur Amirs. According to contemporary British descriptions it must have been splendid, but apart from the tower, main entrance, and a room in the harem, little remains to be seen. Portraits of the Amirs and their weapons are exhibited in what passes as the Fort Museum near the railway station. Their stove-pipe hats are on display in Hyderabad’s Sindh Provincial Museum, near the Polytechnic College and opposite the Indus Gas Office.
Also worth a visit is the Institute of Sindhology’s museum at the University of Sindh. It has displays on all aspects of Sindhi history, music and culture depicting the lifestyles of the desert tribes. Infrequent GTS buses go to the campus, otherwise take a miniwagon to Jamshoro, across the river from Hyderabad, and walk the 1-1/2 km to the university.
Hyderabad Statistics (August 2006)
Population : 1,411,000 (Fourteen Lacs and Eleven Thousand)
Men : 783,000 (Seven Lacs Eighty Three Thousand)
Women : 627,000 (Six Lacs Twenty Seven Thousand)
Literacy Rate : 60% – 70%
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