Mir Ghulam Muhammad Khan Talpur – A Brief Life Story
His Brief Life Story
Mir Ghulam Muhammad Khan Talpur was the only son of Khan Bahadur Mir Yar Muhammad Talpur. He was born in 1909. He went to Makkah for pilgrimage with his grandfather at the age of 13 years. He married the daughter of his uncle, Mir Abdullah Khan in 1931. He has two sons, Mir Muhammad Nawaz Khan Talpur (elder) born in 1934, and Mir Yar Muhammad Khan Talpur (II) born in 1938. Mir Muhammad Nawaz Khan Talpur has one daughter and Mir Yar Muhammad Khan has one son, Mir Atta Muhammad Talpur (the editor & owner of this website).
Mir Ghulam Muhammad Khan was a big landowner of his area. He inherited only 11000 acres of land from his father which was mostly barren but due to his keen interest in agriculture and hard work he added thousands of acres more to his ownership. It was not jagir or feud granted by anyone, but he purchased and made his land out of his own income.
He kept a low profile in politics but did remain the Head (Vice President) of the Mirpurkhas Municipal Committee for more than a decade (President used to be a government officer). He was also awarded the honorary ‘Justice of Peace’ title and enjoyed the powers of a magistrate for some time. Politically he did not participate in any election for provincial or national assembly but was a staunch supporter of Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah. The editor of this website has many letters in his archives written by Mr. Hidayatullah to him, who then became Cheif minister of Sindh and later the Governor of Sindh.
He was a great collector of antiques and most of the archives of the editor of this website come from him. Unfortunately, many nice collections of books, manuscripts, and historical documents were burnt in a fire incident that broke out in his town residence in 1983. He was the principal source of information for late Mir Muhammad Bukhsh Talpur, who wrote a book on Mankani Talpur Mirs of Mirpurkhas.
He was a generous and kind person. When President General Ayub Khan introduced land reforms, he himself distributed most of his land among his peasants and bore all of the allotment costs and paid all installments of their allotted land out his own pocket. Old people still remember his generosity and kindness and those allotted his lands still express their thanks to him.
A car accident with a train partially damaged both knees in the early 1950s. Due to this, he felt difficulty in walking and this was the main reason for him being a low profile person. He performed another pilgrimage in 1970 with his son, Mir Yar Muhammad Talpur.
Unlike other Talpurs, he did not feel comfortable at hunting and sporting. He disliked the killing of animals and was as kind and generous to animals as he was to people. Due to his interest in animals he kept a large number (several thousand) of cattle, camel, buffalos, cows, and some horses at his farms at Sherwah (Balochabad), Sultanabad, Sajnah, Halaro, Sonain, Leth, Panhwarki and Nai Khipri. He often used to support the poor people of the Thar area which often migrated to his farms during drought. He was very popular for alms and charity.
He died in April 1986 after a brief illness. He is buried in his family’s ancestral Chitori graveyard, beside his illustrious father’s grave. May his soul rest in peace.