Rasul Bux Palejo (born September 21, 1930) is a notable Sindhi nationalist leader, scholar and writer. He is father of Ayaz Latif Palijo leading Human Rights lawyer and leader. He is founder and chairman of Awami Tehreek (People's Movement), a progressive leftist party.
Palejo (sindhi رسول بخش پليجو) was born at the village Mungar Khan Palijo, Jungshahi, Thatta District, Sindh on September 21, 1930, to Ali Mohammad Palijo and Laadee Bai. He got his early education at his village and secondary education at Sindh Madarstul Islam in Karachi. He did his law graduation from Sindh Law College Karachi. At the age of 15, he was fluent in Sindhi, Urdu, and English languages, and later became conversant inHindi, Arabic, Balochi, Bengali, Siraiki, Punjabi and Persian.
A prolific writer and scholar, Palejo served as a Supreme Court lawyer. He is a former political prisoner, having been jailed under political charges for more than 11 years especially during the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in Pakistan. Most of his prisoner life, he was kept on Kot Lakhpat Jail, Punjab during 1980s. He was declared as "Prisoner of Conscience" by Amnesty International in 1981.
Books and international lectures He has written more than twenty books on politics, pure literature (short stories), literary criticism, history and political thought. He is a widely traveled scholar and had visited several times almost all regions across the world. As a visiting faculty, he has been delivering lectures at Jawahar Lal Nehru New Delhi (JNU), Delhi University, University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, University of Sussex, University of Essex, Kinston University, University of Milwaukee, Institute of Oriental Studies- Moscow, Houston University and number of other global academic institutions throughout the world.
Some of his famous books,
- Andha Oondha Wej- Rasool Bux Palijo
- Awhan Jey Pujaran(your worshiper)- Rasool Bux Palijo
- Kot Lakhpat Jo Qaidi(Prisnor of Kot Lakhpat)- Rasool Bux Palijo
- Jin Jhoona Garah Jalayo- Rasool Bux Palijo
- Sandi Zat Hanjan- Rasool Bux Palijo
- Maositong -Rasool Bux Palijo
- Pase garhagul (stories) -Rasool Bux Palijo
- siyasi Adab vol:01 -Rasool Bux Palijo
- siyasi Adab vol:02 -Rasool Bux Palijo
- siyasi Adab vol:03 -Rasool Bux Palijo
- sindh Panjab water dispute -Rasool Bux Palijo
Rasool Bux Palijo was born in a lower middle class rural family of Thatta Sindh. After completing his initial education in Jungshahi and Thatta, he went to Sindh Madarsa in Karachi though his parents wanted him to stay in Thatta and look after the family. Then he did his LLB from Jinnah College and began a successful law career focused on criminal law. Prior to his work in law, he briefly held various positions with newspapers and educational institutions.