Friday, April 29, 2011

“I am a Sindh” -- Gandhi

“EVERYTHING IN INDIA attracts me. 
But when I first visited Sindh in 1916, it attracted me in a special way
 and a bond was established between the Sindhis and me that has proved capable of bearing severe strains. 
I have been able to deliver to the Sindhis bitter truths without being misunderstood” --
 wrote Gandhiji way back in 1929.
Actually Gandhiji delivered to Sindh more sweet truths than bitter truths. And, in any case, all these truths indeed established a very warm relationship between Gandhiji and the Sindhis. He visited Sindh seven times --- in 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1929, 1931, and 1934. It was ``a Sindhi friend'' who had helped Gandhi shift from an expensive hotel to economical lodgings when he arrived in London for his law studies. In 1893, C.L. Lachiram, a Sindhi merchant, helped him organize the Natal Indian Congress.
the most important Sindhi leader in Gandhiji's life and work was Acharya Jivatram Bhagavandas Kripalani.
After a few years, as Acharya of Gujerat Vidyapeeth, Kripalani went full-time into politics and became General Secretary of the Congress for more than a decade. 
Gandhiji's relations with Acharya Gidvani were equally dear, except that the latter died too soon, in 1935. Gidvani resigned as principal of Ramjas College in Delhi, to head the Gujerat Vidyapeeth. Gandhiji said of him that he was ``not only a scholar but, on the touch-stone of character, gold.''
Gandhiji had known Prof. Malkani since his stay with him in Muzaffarpur. Malkani was teaching at Gujerat Vidyapeeth when, in 1927, under pressure from his wife and persuasion from N.V. Thadhani --- then Principal, D.G. National College, Hyderabad Sindh --- he left Ahmedabad without consulting Gandhiji.
Gandhiji admired Sindh for giving so many excellent professors to the country. 
However, perhaps his sweetest relations were with Jairamdas
When Gandhiji was launching the ``Salt Satyagraha'' in 1930, he wrote to Jairamdas, who was then member of the Bombay Legislative Council: ``I have taken charge of the Committee for Boycott of Foreign Cloth. I must have a whole-time secretary, if that thing is to work. And I can think of nobody so suitable like you.'' Jairamdas immediately resigned his his seat, took up the new charge, and made a tremendous success of the boycott of foreign cloth.

In 1941, when Dr. Choithram, President Sindh PCC, consulted Gandhiji on a particular issue, the latter told him: ``Do as Jairamdas advises. My ,faith in his wisdom is a constant factor.' when in 1947 the Sindhi Hindus did begin to leave, Gandhiji wrote: ``If even a single Sindhi leaves Sindh, it will be a matter of shame to Mr. Jinnah as Governor-General.'' He added: ``The Sindh Hindus are first-class businessmen. Why are they running away to Bombay, Madras and other places? It will not be they who will be the losers, but Sindh. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Asa'anji Saka'afat-------a Sindhi Culture And Customs

Oh, yes,my dearest mother Sindh,my jeejal mother,my beloved motherland,my sweet fatherland, they are gone! Your children - my brothers and my sisters, your loved ones and me - all have left. 
You nurtured them and nourished them with your life. 
You loved them and protected them with your blood, sweat and tears. 
Now, you are old, you are feeble, you are alone, you are under siege and you are dying! 
You need them!! They are there no more! They have left you to fend for yourself - they have foresaken you, they have abandoned you. Yes, tears of separation from them will kill you!
The culture of Sindh, this great mother of all civilizations, is so pure, sublime, unique and rich.But, where is it?
 I cannot find it! It is lost! The children of Sindh have gone all over the world, leaving their language, culture, heritage, traditions and, most of all, their very own mother behind. 
"Hayf-u tanheen khay ho-i, jan-i watan-o pahinjo visa'aryo" - 
"Shame on those who have abandoned their motherland!"
                                                                                    by    Fakir Bedil 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sindhis - The scattered treasure

Throughout the ages, Sindh was invaded by people from the northwest. The Sindhis have not only survived the attacks but have benefited from and assimilated all that was good in the mores of the lives of the invaders. The Sufism of the Sindhis is a harmonious blend of the finest value of both the Vedantic and Islamic cultures.making of what is called 'Sindhi Culture'. 
A Sindhi follows the most secular philosophy of humanism. He never restricts himself to dogmas or rituals. The legacy of all embracing love for mankind has made the Sindhi cosmopolitan in his outlook and universal in his temperament. His social structure is not ridde n with prejudices of caste, colour and creed.

There are no Shudras among the Sindhi Hindus. There is neither the domination of the Brahmins nor the evil of untouchability. Sindhis are known for their realistic & practical outlook. The traditional ills of ancient India, like child marriage, cruelty to 
widows and casteism are not for them.

All through his life, he is culturally and linguistically a Sufi in his outlook, adventurous in his travels, tactful in his trade, social in mixing with people o f different faiths and customs, liberal in his views towards social norms, generous in giving and tolerant towards all faiths and beliefs.

A Sindhi is a peacock minded person. Such is his life and his story. Historians record his voyages in Babylon and Egypt, Basra and Baghdad and his acumen in business. He is a fusion of cultures, faiths and languages exchanging with the people their way of living and thinking wherever he may be.

An extract from the book

'Sindhis - The scattered treasure'

- Ms. Popati Hiranandani

Monday, April 25, 2011

Proud to b Sindhi

 Ladies and Gentlemen 
It is a matter of great pride that 5000 years ago our ancestors lived in the best of towns, towns in which there were swimming pools, in which there were granaries, in which there were go downs in which there were big and broad roads, in which there was an underground drainage system and art had so flourished that the excavations on 1924 among of the things that they found the most important thing that they found a small statue of a dancing girl. A dancing girl which has caused amazement to scholars on the artifact of that civilization. There is a book on the history of India written by a great British scholar Keith and that contains the description of the statue. It’s a girl who is flaunting her puberty, who is practically wearing nothing except a chunk of jewelry and the author says she obviously wants to be desired. And she will be happy to know that after 5000 years we still desire her.

So Ladies and Gentlemen that is our great civilization of which we have to be proud. 

Sindhi Studies University of Mumbai
March 06, 2007

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Aseen Sindhi Sadahin Gaddh(Always together): Sindhi Script

Daulat Laungani
wrote: "LALJI BHAI SAHEB bhaiya sindhyat je bare men tawhan je her koshish soch men asan pahren b tawhan sa gad huasen henar b tawhan SAN GAD AHUNUN EE HAHESHA GAD RAHANDASEN" 

Aseen Sindhi Sadaheen Gaddh (Always Together)

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