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

1 comment:

  1. Miss Popti Hiranandani
    A noted Sindhi writer and human rights activist
    Born on Sept 17, 1924 at Hyderabad
    Coming from a learned family of Hyderabad, Sindh, she began writing at an early age of 13 and rose to join the rank of prominent writers who attempted to explore various aspects of literature, culture and history.
    Died in Bombay at the age 71
    In recognition to her works, she got a number of awards, including the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award in 1982. Due to her active participation in the promotion of Sindhi language and arts, she was appointed member of the Advisory Board, Ministry of Education, Govt of India, convener of the Advisory Committee of Sahitya Academy and member of the selection committee of the Union Public Service Commission.