Saturday, July 19, 2014

Demand for Sindhi Linguistic State


Sindhi speaking people of India, migrated from the Sindh province of undivided India, after the partition on 14th August 1947.

The Sindh, gave the name Hind to the Nation. The archeological excavation of Mohan-Jo-Daro in Sindh, proved that Indus valley civilization was the oldest civilization of more than seven thousand years old, making India feel proud, among the community of World civilizations. But merely 67 years after partition, the same Sindh province has been forgotten completely. Most of the present Politicians and Administrators in Central government & the governments in provinces in the age group of 40-60 years, hear the word ‘SINDH’, only when the National Anthem is played on ceremonial occasions. They are therefore not aware of the betrayals, discriminations and injustices faced by Sindh and its people.

To put the issue of Sindhi Linguistic state in proper perspective, following historical facts are being introduced:-

1)    After resisting the “Two Nation Theory” for ten years from 1937 to 1947, the National Leadership represented by Indian National Congress, agreed to the division of India, on the basis of the “Two Nation Theory” propounded by All India Muslim League. Under this theory, all the “Muslim majority provinces” of British India, Punjab, Bengal, Sindh and N.W.F.P. were to join Pakistan and all non-Muslim majority provinces were to remain with residual India.

2)    Contrary to this theory, exceptions were made only in case of Punjab and Bengal, but not in case of Sindh. The Eastern one third portion of the Punjab and Western one third portion of Bengal having majority of non-Muslims, were retained in India, but the eastern one third portion of Sindh with Hindu majority, consisting of largest district of Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas etc. were not retained in India. This is clearly betrayal/discrimination with Sindh and her people.

3)    In violation of the “Two Nation Theory”, even single Muslim majority district of SYLHET in predominant Hindu majority province of Assam, was given the facility of referendum, enabling its merger with East Pakistan, but the same facility of referendum was denied to the Hindu majority district of Tharparkar, enabling its merger with India. Otherwise, Tharparkar, along with princely states of Jaisalmer, Kutch and border cities of Barmer, Jalore etc. of the princely state of Jodhpur, having similar language & culture could have formed province of East Sindh, like East Punjab & West Bengal. Obviously this was gross discrimination with the Sindhi people.

4)    Merger of entire Sindh with theocratic state of Pakistan without ascertaining the wishes of Sindhi People by referendum, resulted into complete ENSLAVEMENT of entire Sindh and exodus of Sindhi Hindus, to save their religion.

5)    Punjabi migrants from West Punjab and N.W.F.P. were settled in planned manner in East Punjab, in princely states of Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh and in adjoining non-Punjabi territories. Similarly Bengali migrants from East Bengal & Assam settled in planned manner in West Bengal, adjoining Princely states and in other adjoining non-Bengali territories. Thus Punjabi & Bengali migrants got a compact territory having majority of Punjabi and Bengali speaking people respectively, safeguarding their language & culture.

This pattern of compact settlement should have been applied in case of Hindu migrants from Sindh also. They should have been settled in the compact territory bordering Sindh and princely states of Jaisalmer, Kutch and border towns of Barmer, Jalore etc. of the princely state of Jodhpur for the sake of preserving their language, culture and distinct identity.

          The authorities ignored even the advice of the then Relief & Rehabilitation Minister of Central Government Shri K.C. Neogy. Even the views of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was violated, as described below:-

The written advice of Shri Neogy reads as follows:-

“An important point to remember is that Sindhis are threatened with extinction as separate people with their own peculiar & distinctive customs and qualities. Thinly spread all over India with no place to call their own. They cannot hope to retain their culture and language”

          It is relevant to mention that even a tiny place of Ulhasnagar, having almost 100% of Sindhis, is not named SINDHUNAGAR officially, inspite of vigorous demand of the citizens for the last 67 years in true spirit of the Central Minister’s observations quoted above.

Views of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi

When Bhai Pratap, A Sindhi leader approached Gandhiji for guidance, The father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi told him to plan a secure but natural alternative for Sindhi Hindu community at a place where their identity would remain intact and he suggested Kutch as a natural choice from historical, cultural and linguistic point of view, where there would be no threat to their natural way of life.

As a followup, the Maharao of Kutch on advice of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel gave 15000 acres of land as grant on 29th January 1948, to Sindh Resettlement Corporation with Acharya Kriplani as Chairman and Bhai Pratap as Managing Director. But after the death of Gandhiji on 30th January 1948 and the merger of princely state of Kutch with India on 4th May 1948, Kutch was declared as independent commissionery under direct control of the Central Government with the appointment of first Chief Commissioner of Kutch on 1st June 1948.

The bureaucracy of Central Government didn’t honour the solemn commitment of the Maharao of Kutch and instead of 15000 acres of freehold land, meagre 2600 acres of land was given to Sindh Resettlement Corporation not as a freehold grant but on lease for 99 years with so many conditions including prior permission from Kandla Port Trust Authorities. Because of these changes the resettlement plan finally took shape after approval in 1952, when most of the Sindhi migrants were already settled elsewhere.

The large scale migration from Sindh started after the Hindu massacre of 6th January 1948 in Karachi and the martyrdom of the Father of Nation on 30th January 1948 and was almost complete by 30th June 1948. The plan of the father of Nation to resettle Sindhis in Kutch and provide them Kandla Port in lieu of Karachi Port, stood scuttled by the bureaucracy of Central Government, as illustrated above.

The discrimination in case of resettlement of Sindhi migrants as compared to resettlement of Punjabis & Bengalis in compact areas is obvious. The Sindhi migrants were temporarily given shelter in makeshift arrangement of refugee camps, from where they should have been shifted in a planned manner following the same pattern, but Sindhis of these camps were given free railway passes to find & search suitable places themselves in entire India. This proves that the authorities wanted scattered settlement of Sindhis, ignoring the sane advice of the Father of Nation and other impartial personalities.

Above is the brief summary of betrayal, discrimination and injustices with Sindh and her people during last 67 years, resulting in complete slavery of Sindh and near extinction of roughly one crore uprooted Sindhis, scattered in more than 3000 towns in 2.85 lakh sq. km area of India, where North is separated from South by 3214 km & West from East by 2933 km. Due to adverse impact of local cultures, they are loosing their Mother tongue, culture and the very identity. They are virtual second class citizens devoid of Political rights and social status not at par with 14 other major linguistic communities of Punjabis, Bengalis, Gujratis, Marathas, Tamils, Telegus etc.

By the dint of their hard work, business acumen and devotion to one Point Program of earning money, they have by their outward show off, created a HYPE around them that they all are billionaires. But in reality, the Indian Sindhis (excluding NRI’s) can be categorized wealth wise as follows:-

5% in the category of Rich
 
30% in the category of upper middles class having big shops & higher salaries of people in jobs
35% in the category of lower middle class having small shops & lower salaries of people in jobs
 
30% are below Poverty line
 

 

Although Sindhi Language is recognized & placed in the VIIIth schedule of the Indian Constitution, at par with other 14 major Indian languages. But creation of the linguistic states for the people of only 14 languages, put Sindhi speaking people to great disadvantage. All others have government patronage while Sindhis have to depend on themselves only. Apathy in all the fields and adverse effect of other cultures everywhere, is resulting into virtual annihilation. This is clear from census figures on Population. The population of other 14 major linguistic communities having their own states are increasing in each census, while population of Sindhis is declining in every census.

When Nation is concerned about the decline of population of GIR LIONS and some other species of animals & birds, the Nation should be concerned with the extinction of entire 7000 years old Sindhi civilization. The only way is to compensate for the 67 years of betrayal, discrimination, injustices and virtual social boycott of Sindhi community as a whole. The only compensation, we want is to accord Political status to entire Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T.), still in existence in India after the merger of mainland Sindh in Pakistan.

This Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T.) within present Political boundaries of India consists of:-

a)    Princely state of Kutch, as per Linguistic Survey of India by Sir George Greirson and other Linguistic wizards - Kuchchhi is dialect of Sindhi language.

b)    Princely State of Jaiselmer, as Dhatki spoken in this state is dialect of Sindhi language

c)    Barmer, Jalore and other towns bordering Tharparkar and Kutch have Thali, Thareli spoken here, are dialects of Sindhi language.

Following are other historical facts:-

1.    Maharao of Kutch signed the instrument of accession on 4th June 1948 and his state was made independent commissionerate, administered by the Chief Commissioner appointed by Central Government – Status equivalent to present Union Territory.

It was wrongly merged with Bombay presidency on 1st November 1956 ignoring the protests by native people. Even Sindh was separated from Bombay Presidency in 1936, along with Orissa from Calcutta presidency.

2.    Similarly, Sindhi Linguistic Territories of Princely State of Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore etc of Jodhpur Princely State were merged with Hindi speaking East Rajasthan ignoring the protests of native people, who wanted the status of Union territory in the absence of mainland Sindh in India.

3.    The Princely States speaking the Sindhi dialects were merged in the neighboring British Provinces because both Sindh & Multan, speaking various Sindhi dialects had become part of Pakistan. This was out of compulsion of prevailing situation at that time.

Although these Sindhi linguistic Territories were merged in Gujarat & Rajasthan in 1960 i.e. 54 years ago, affecting their original culture adversely, but bonds of Common Deity, Common folk tales & folk songs cannot separate the natives from Sindhis.

The creation of Linguistic States

On 15th August’1947, there was no linguistic province, because the British Government had divided entire British territory in India, only on the basis of administrative convenience. There were three Presidencies, at Calcutta, Bombay & Madras and one Viceroy in the National Capital at New Delhi. Entire Eastern Sector was governed by the Presidency at Calcutta, Western Sector by Bombay Presidency and the Southern sector by Madras Presidency. Besides, there were the territories over which the crown had suzeranity, but which were under the control of hereditary rulers. These Princely States were given the option of joining either INDIA or PAKISTAN.

Like British Government, the successor Congress Government at New Delhi, especially Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar LaL Nehru was dead against the creation of Linguistic States. But Telegu speaking people of British Indian Territory of Andhra State, which was part of Madras Presidency started agitation for separation from Madras Presidency. Their Leader Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu started fast on 19th October 1952, demanding statehood for Telegu speaking areas of Coastal Andhra & Rayalseema and separation from Madras Presidency. There was widespread agitation in support of his demand but Pandit Nehru and RajGopalchari, the Chief Minister of Madras resisted. On 16th December 1952 with the death of Shri P. Sriramulu during fast, the peaceful agitation turned violent. The popular agitation disrupted normal life in Madras and entire Andhra region of British India, forcing Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru to announce on 19th December 1952 the formation of First Linguistic State in free India of Andhra State for the telegu speaking people of Madras Presidency, with KURNOOL as the capital.

With the creation of the first linguistic state, the demand for other linguistic states increased and Pandit Nehru and Central Government was forced to appoint States Reorganisation Commission (S.R.C.) in December 1953 to recommend the creation of States on linguistic lines. On the basis of its report and The States Reorganisation Act of 1956, new states by & large were based on ethnicity and language. But due to violent agitation and imperialistic tendencies of Powerful Political leaders, the aspirations of certain territories were ignored, inspite of positive recommendations of Reorganisation Commission of 1953.

Some of these territories are:-

1)    Telangana region of Nizam Hyderabad Princely State, was unwillingly merged in Vishal Andhra Pradesh

2)    Vidharbha consisting of Nagpur & Amravati Divisions were merged in Marathi speaking state to make Maharashtra, ignoring recommendations of S.R.C.

3)    Kutch was a separate part C state till 1956. But was merged in Bombay Presidency against the wishes of local people and was subsequently merged in Gujrat province in 1960, due to agitation of MahaGujrat Parishad.

4)    Saurashtra was a separate state till 1956. It was first brought in to Bombay Presidency against the wishes of local people and subsequently merged in Gujrat Province in 1960, due to agitation of MahaGujrat Parishad.

5)    Sandy areas of Princely state of Jaisalmer & Jodhpur, bordering Sindh & Kutch were unwilling to merge in Hindi speaking areas of Rajasthan. They wished to have Union Territory Status for this area which they call Maru Pradesh, the Pradesh of Sand.

6)    People of Dargeeling hills & Dooars in West Bengal are Nepali speaking Gorkhas, but was not separated from Bengali speaking Province, appears to be anomalous.

With the creation of Telangana as 29th State, other demands enumerated above would get momentum and there is probability of the declaration of Second State Reorganisation Commission.

The justification of Sindhi linguistic state has been given on Page 3 to 4.

The territory of proposed Sindhi Pradesh has been summarized in the following table.

Code
District
Headquarters
Population(2011)
Area(Sq Km)
Density(/Sq Km)
JS
Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer
672,008
38,401
17
JL
Jalore
Jalore
1,830,151
10,640
172
BM
Barmer
Barmer
2,604,453
28,387
92
KA
Kutch
Bhuj
2,090,313
45,652
46

 

GYAN HEMNANI

General Secretary

United Sindhi Forum

A map of Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T.) is enclosed herewith.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPEAL FOR SINDHI SOLIDARITY


Time has come for Sindhi Unity, for ending virtual marginalization of Indian Sindhis.

    Even after 67 years' selfless devotion to the Nation without demanding anything in return, Sindhis are still labelled as PAKISTANI REFUGEES even by responsible national leaders.

    I am enclosing copy of "Demand for SINDHI LINGUISTIC State" sent to Union Home Minister, for your thorough objective study, without any preconceived notions.

    If you have any reservations or you want clarifications, kindly feel free to point out.

  Kindly, suggest, how should we proceed further to enlist maximum Sindhi Public opinion in support of our legitimate demand.

 

 

Yours own,

 

GYAN HEMNANI

General Secretary

SAVE SINDHIYAT MOVEMENT

sponsored by United Sindhi Forum(Regd.) Mumbai



Phones : (040)42030513, (040)27990418

Mobile: 09908638394, 08081993122(only in UP)

Postal Address:Plot 104-A, Road No-3, Surya Enclave, P.O. Trimulgiri,
Secunderabad- 500015 

Geographical Boundaries of Sindhi Language - Hindi




Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jhulelal Tirath Dham


Jhulelal Tirath Dham - An Introduction


The ethnic Sindhi community comprises of over six crore people, but has

been marginalized & isolated due to scattered settlement. Sindhi Nationality is

one of the fifteen major recognized Indian Nationalities but has microscopic

minority almost in every political constituency. We have paid an enormous

price for having sacrificed our home land. We did it for our country, but today

no one has our back. Currently we have no representation, reservation or

support from any government or political organization. Lack of all of these (and

many more) things, has caused erosion of our culture, loss of our traditions,

almost vapourized our festivals, and diminished use of our language. It is high

time that the Sindhi community step up and work hard to save itself. It is a do

or die situation. No amount of explanation is enough to emphasize how dire

our community's situation is.

Past and Ongoing Effort

Amongst many others all over the country, people like, our very own

Dadi Pushpa D Advani, have been working for over four decades toward the

betterment of the Sindhi community. Under banners of World Sindhi Congress,

International Sindhi Forum, United Sindhi Forum, she, along with several

others has been working on preservation of the language, sponsoring and

supporting Sindhi artists / theatre / movies, promoting Sindhi quotas in Sindhi

colleges, preventing (& even reversing) conversion of Sindhis to other

communities, fighting for reservations & other rights with local authorities – all

the way upto the Prime Minister's Office, etc. Though these efforts have borne

fruit, it is miniscule. We are in need of a dramatic and significant change.

Dr. Subhadra Anand, ex-principal of R. D. National College, Bombay, has

researched and prepared a thesis on how a sacred spot – a “tirath dham” -

would help us preserve our community to a great extent. Getting political

change in India is not easy, but having our very own religious spot, kind of like

the Balaji Temple of the south, or Vaishnodevi temple up noth, or Jeursalem, or

the Mecca Madina, or more so like the Vatican – can help us significantly bring

our community together.

Jhulelal Tirathdham

With this in mind, a delegation of Sindhis met Shri Narendra Modi, Cheif

Minister of Gujarat. He has willingly and generously offered us huge a piece of

land in Gujarat for us to set up our “Jhulelal Tirath Dham”. This is no ordinary

land – it is one where the Sindhu river once ended. It is also surrounded by

areas that have a very high Sindhi speaking population. This place in Narayan

Sarovar has immense cultural significance.

On this land, if we can successfully build our religious centers, cultural

museums, tradition and culture promoting centers for all kinds of arts and

language, etc. we shall be taking a huge step in preserving our community.

Shri Narendra Modiji has offered us this land, in today's expensive times, at

and extremely nominal Rs. 50 per square meter – cheaper than cloth!

We have several prominent Sindhi's participating in this movement.

Currently we are looking for six more trustees. These trustees would be paying

an amount of Rs. 12,00,000 and on becoming a trustee – would form an

integral part of the Jhulelal Tirathdham Trust as founder trustees. This is an

immense honour and an enternal position to have. We hope and look forward

to your support.

The following four pages are inculding a delegation letter, land allotment

letter, a map of the area around Narayan Sarovar, and a proposed plan of what

to build, by Hiranandani builders.  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do You Know That

1) Ethnic Sindhis are more than 6 crores in number

2) As per Linguistic survey of India, Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T) more than one lakh square miles in area, comprising:



Proper Sindh [Dialects: Siro\Utradi,Vicholi,Ladi,Thari] 54407 sq miles

Lasbela [Dialect: Lasi or Lassi] 4855 sq miles

Kalat [Dialect: Lasi or Lassi] 2556 sq miles

Bahawalpur[Dialect: Saraiki] 9590 sq miles

Multan [Dialect: Saraiki] 1437 Sq miles

Kuchchh [Dialect: Kuchhi] 17626 Sq miles

Jaisalmer [Dialect: Datki] 14994.7 Sq miles

Barmer [Dialect:Thali or Thareli] 10878.2 Sq miles

Jalore [Dialect:Thali or Thareli] 4078.5 Sq miles

Total 120423.4 Sq miles



In the absence of strong organization with farsighted leadership, we lost almost entire territory and are on the verge of losing about half of even PROPER SINDH, to non-Sindhi usurpers.

Do you know that:

Sindhi Nationality is one of the fifteen major recognized Indian Nationalities, but has been marginalized & isolated due to scattered settlement, reducing it in a microscopic minority almost in every political constituency. This has endangered our SINDHIYAT-------Our IDENTITY-------Our very existence as EQUAL PARTENER with other fourteen Nationalities.

Do you want to regain lost glory and equality in respect of Social status, Political rights, Economic development & Cultural facilities?

If yes, then join the organization called “SAVE SINDHIYAT MOVEMENT” sponsored by UNITED SINDHI FORUM (Registered)







Additional Information about the organization

1- Unlike other Sindhi organizations, functioning as Static Associations of ELITE SINDHIS only, this organization is dynamic mass movement of common Sindhis------------SINDHI AAM AADMI.

2- We stand for “UNITY IN DIVERSITY” of entire Sindhi Nationality of the world, comprising Sindhis in Sindh; Sindhis in Hind and Non-resident Sindhis of the rest of the world.

3- We believe in the basic cohesiveness of the SINDHI PEOPLE with ETHOS of Pre-1935 SUFIISM and Pre-1947 PURE Sindhi language----UNPOLLUTED with URDU & HINDI words.

4- The Movement offers full moral support to the Sindhis of the Sindh in their efforts to regain their original SUFI culture, their opposition to the POLITICAL DIVISION of the SINDH PROVINCE and their birth right over the water of holy river SINDHU.

5- THE MOVEMENT is to prepare Sindhi masses, especially youths for active participation in electoral polity, enabling SINDHI VOICE to reach in the DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, by ending their isolation from the mainstream of Sindhiyat.

6- We are to persuade Sindhis for diversification from business to the ADMINISTRATION & HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

7- We are committed to strengthen our linguistic & cultural relations with the people of entire Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T) as per border demarcation in the linguistic survey of India and assist in fulfilling their aspirations for the economic development of the territory. For this the Movement shall persuade Sindhi capitalists of India & abroad to invest liberally.

8- We shall actively cooperate with “JHULELALDHAM TRUST” in establishing Grand Sindhi tirathsthan at NARAYANSAROVAR over the land allotted by Shri Narendra Modi. The entire Project on completion would be the Sindhi replica of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Lotus Temple in New Delhi, Vatican city in Italy and other similar centers.

9- For our objectives, we shall have to abandon 65 years old Sindhi practice of depending solely on the Memorandas to various authorities and follow methods of non-violent agitation as per Gandhian principles.

Kindly send similar e-mails to your Sindhi friends & relatives for this Sindhi cause.

For any clarification, please contact the undersigned,

GYAN HEMNANI

General Secretary

SAVE SINDHIYAT MOVEMENT

Postal address: Plot No.104-A, Surya Enclave, P.O.Trimulgiri, Secunderabad-500015

Phones: (040)42030513, (040)27990418
Mobiles: 09908638394, 08081993122(when in U.P)

e-mail: gyan_insaan@yahoo.co.in
BLOG: www.youngsindhis.blogspot.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

GEOGRAPHICAL BORDERS OF SINDHI LANGUAGE

Sir George Greirson A.C.I.E., D.lit., Ph.D, I.C.S. besides being an Administrative Officer in the undivided India, was an eminent scholar of Literature & Linguistics. He authored the book “Linguistic Survey of India” after detailed survey of all the Indian languages of the times of undivided India. He has outlined the geographical boundaries of all these languages, including SINDHI LANGUAGE. The author being a senior officer of the revenue department, this book has the authenticity equivalent to that of Government Gazette.


Remember! The political boundaries, being man made are frequently disturbed, but the geographical boundaries, created by nature, seldom vary. These borders alter only once or twice in a century, by natural calamities like severe earthquakes, etc. The geographical boundaries are therefore virtually permanent. Hence, the Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T.) bounded by the geographical borders and gifted by God’s nature, belongs to Sindhis and shall always belong to Sindhis till eternity.

Unfortunately, because of greater love for money compared to the love for soil and agriculture, We Sindhis have become “Wealthy Vagabonds” – “Migratory Millioners” – “Kharabpati Khanabadosh” always roaming in search of wealth, throughout the length and breadth of the Globe.

But, how long shall we be wandering like “Khanabadosh”! After all, how long!!

Let, all Sindhis of different varieties – Sindhis of Sindh; Sindhis of hind; Non-Resident Sindhis of the rest of the world; Hindu-Muslim-Sikh-Chirstian Sindhis; may know about the geographical borders of the territory of their Mother-Father tongue – The Sindhi language.

According to Sir Greirson and other experts, besides the standard literary form used in reading & writing, each language has another form, used in speaking only. This spoken form of language called “DIALECT”; varies after every 50-60 miles. For example, Maithly, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, bundeli, Brijbasha, Haryanvi, Garhwali etc, are dialects of the Hindi language.

As per “Linguistic Survey of India”, following are the dialects of the Sindhi language:-

1. Utradi(Siro) : In Northen Sindh

2. Vicholi : In Central Sindh known as SAHITI Area

3. Ladhi : In Southern Sindh known as LADH Area

4. Thari : In THARPARKAR district

5. Datki, Thali, Thareli : In Jaisalmer, Barmer & Jalore districts of India

6. Kachchhi : In Kuchchh district of India

7. Lasi or Laasi : In LASBELA and KALAT area of Balochistan

8. Saraiki : In Multan & Bhawalpur areas of Pakistan



The Map of above Sindhi Linguistic Territory (S.L.T.) is being prepared and would be soon available for the perusal of the Sindhi people of the World.

To start with, let us make a comprehensive appraisal of the Indian part of the geographical S.L.T.:-

Two former princely states of Jaisalmer & Kuchchh and only two districts Barmer & Jalore of the former princely state of Jodhpur, comes within this territory. The total area of this S.L.T. is 47011.4 square miles as per following details:-

1. : Jaisalmer 14,994.7 sq. miles

2. : Barmer 10,878.2 sq. miles

3. : Jalore 4078.5 sq. miles

4. : Kuchchh 17,060.0 sq. miles

Total 47,011.4 sq. miles



The Rajasthan canal, Narmada barrage & other schemes have now solved the acute problem of water scarcity. The technical assistance from Israel has helped in plantation of greenery within the desert area. Successful oil & natural gas exploration, has given flip to the tremendous economic development of this region, increasing thereby, the employment avenues. If our “Migratory Millioners” invest adequately, this region can compete with Dubai & other gulf countries in all round development, to turn this territory into most modern habitat like DUBAI. The major cities of S.L.T. are well connected with rest of India by Air services, highway transport and Broad gauge rail lines.

The development of Kandla port, Mundra Port, Gandhidham, Adipur & Bhuj would transform the entire coastal territory of Kuchchh into “Commercial Capital” like Karachi.

Remember! The entire arid territory of Gandhidham complex was legally handed over to Sind Resettlement Corporation of Late Bhai Pratap, by the then Maha Rao of Kuchchh princely state. The development of this region is the shining example of “Sindhi Purusharth”

Recently, land around Narayan Sar, Koteshwar and Lakhpat has been allotted for establishing Sindhi Pilgrim city, by constructing Grand Temple of our deity Puj Jhulelal.

Remember! Our holy river Sindhu, used to fall in the sea at this very place of Narayan Sar, an ancient pilgrimage center, where Sindhi Pilgrims used to come from Sindh on foot. Later on due to series of earth quakes, Sindhu changed its course to merge into sea at Keti Bandar of Karachi. But, experts predict that our holy river Sindhu may come back to its original course, after natural geographical changes. If nature helps, we would be able to perform all religious customs like “JANEOO Ceremony”, “Asthi-visarjan”, “Pind daan” etc in proposed Sindhi Pilgrim city along with holy Haridwar. Even now the Brahmins & ‘pooja samagiri’ etc are available for ‘Puja path’ etc. Nevertheless, surrounding area of this Sindhi Pilgrim city, would gradually develop into the Cultural Capital.

Narration of above facts does not indicate any political agenda. We merely want to save our “Sindhiyat” & for this sole objective, we want to use this area as “Plantation Nursery” wherein the “Small plant of Sindhiyat”, detached from Sindh, shall grow due to similar soil & similar climatic conditions.

Many eminent Sindhi Scholars, late Uttam Thakur, late Parso Gidwani, late Nanikram Israni, late Jayant Relwani, Shri Pritam Varyani & others have personally visited the Indian part of S.L.T. to examine & verify facts narrated by Sir Greirson and have vouched unanimously that the culture of S.L.T. tallies with our original Sindhi culture. But alas! Our original Sindhi culture has been washed out completely from our memory, as we are now most modern & westernized people on earth. Hence we look at the people of S.L.T. indifferently like strangers.

I quote Shri Pritam Varyani from his book “Sindhi Bhasha Ain Sanskriti” written after through personal study of S.L.T. by long tour:-

“Jaisalmer Ja Manunh Pan Khe Sindhi Kothain main Fakhur Vathanda Ahin. Sach Pach, Hoo Ahin bhi Vishal Sindh ja lok. Sagi Haalat ahe Barmer, Kuchchh-Bani ain Saurashtra Jee Manuhun jee. Pan asaan panhijee tangdiliah karan Khen Parao Kothe, Sindhi Jateea khe nandhiro ain Jamiroh kare chhadio ahe. Sindh main Pinu thari lokan khe paan mein samaye kon saghiya huwasein.”

In above quotation, by the word “Tangdili”, Shri Pritam Varyani, most probably means to convey the sense of “Ahisas Comitri” i.e. “SHORTSIGHTEDNESS” due to which we Sindhis have lost almost the entire S.L.T. bestowed by the nature-God & we are left only with following “murmur”

“Rahne Ko Ghar Nahin hai, Sara Jahan Hamara”

i.e.

“NO HOME to live, entire world is ours”

But remember! There is absolutely no need to despair. We should have positive thinking & hope to re-gain our lost “WISDOM” & “FARSIGHTEDNESS”. When this happens, like Jews, we shall also abandon this “KHANABADOSHI” (Vagabondness) to settle in S.L.T.

Remember! The Jews community regained “Wisdom” after loosing scores of Jews in the Gas Chambers of Adolf Hitler. But we have to awake from the slumber, well before any such tragedy.



Jai Sindh-Jiye Sindhiyat Jai Hind Jai Jagat