Sindh is the geographical name for province in modern Pakistan. People from sindh have historically traveled and worked all across the subcontinent even before the British Rule. But it was the exodus that followed the partition when large numbers traveled India and settled. Suddenly, after calling since their home for millennia, they were forced to leave with whatever little they could pack and make modern India the new home.
During british rule between 1880s to 1890s , Sir Vaidya from Nagpur was appointed for administration in Sindh and asked to create proper single script for different 12-13 Sindhi dialect. It was for communication and administration purpose. And inspite of opposition he faced, sir Vaidya took almost 8 years to create proper single scripts for sindhi language and submitted his book to Britishers.
The name Sindhi comes from this geographical history genetically Indians in these are closer to people from Balochistan or the NorthWest Frontier Province than they are two people from perhaps Bengal or Kerala. Most Indians in these are second to fourth generation depending on their age. The initial lot that came by sea settle in either Gujarat or Bombay. Those who came by road went to Jaipur and those who came by train settled in Ajmer. And till today, these cities have the largest pockets of the community. In the 70 odd years since independence, they’ve gone from being broke refugees to the biggest names in real estate, media and education. But sindh’s contribution to our country has a historical significance that everyone should know India’s very name comes from the indus river. which is the English way of pronouncing the Sindhu river. India, Indus and sindhu are all the same, the Persians and Mughals convert to the word Sindhu to Hindu, the Greeks converted that to indos. So from sindh and sindhu we get Hindu, Hindustan, Hindi, India and Indian.
Mohenjo-daro, which is one of the oldest cities in the subcontinent lies in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Whether it is the bronze dancer or the Devi’s statue, our oldest artifacts come from sindh. So no matter how much people try to separate Pakistan from India, the truth is a lot of our culture stemmed from the same root. Along the way, politics and religion have drawn lines and build walls. But today Sindhi can trace his ancestry back to ancient India as much if not more than every other Indian. Perhaps this is why Rabindranath Tagore knew it was important to include the name sindh in our national anthem, geographically, it may not be a part of India due to political reasons, but it will always be a part of who we are as people. Every now and then certain verses rise up trying to have it removed from the National Anthem, but I hope it stays today the most important city in sindh, Pakistan is Karachi. And there are more Muslims in these in Pakistan than Hindus in these in India. The energy of that land is so powerful that even after 70 odd years of Pakistan’s existence, it is still the most cosmopolitan region with most of the Parsis, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs living there in that one state. Perhaps it is important to know that Karachi is closer to Mumbai than it is to Islamabad, Lahore and peshawar. Now here’s a fun fact the first civil aviation flight that took place not only in India, but in South Asia for some Karachi to Bombay.
When the sindhis first appeared in india they came with what little they could carry on their back. Today, most of the prestigious educational institutes, hospitals and housing societies are owned and operated by sindhi’s
one of the biggest concerns is that the language is dying.Many young people do not use the dialects anymore. A lot of in sindhi’s are at loggerheads with the Indian government to start us in the TV channel. Yes, there are sindhi’s TV channels, but all of these are stationed in Pakistan. But thanks to internet, we do have a Sindhi YouTube channel. Irrespective of which political party has ruled of India ,a lot of us feel that Indian Government has not been fair to this in the language. In fact, until the late 60s, it was not even counted as the Indian language. And at that time, 52 prominence writers held one alphabet each. Well yes, Sindhi language is 52 permits, they protested outside the parliament they demanded that sindhi language should be in the schedule of constitution. And on 10th April 1967, it was finally passed. sindhi’s always knew the importance of education, and on arriving they open schools and colleges everywhere in India, the government wanted them to change their partial Arabic script to the devanagari script. But the community simply refused. They took this matter to the court .Mr. Ram jethmalani fought the case and won, but till today, you will not find the language on the currency notes and even the community is not represented in the Republic Day Parade. But hopefully soon, this will change.
why most sindhis migrated to India some of their descendants went on to other parts of the world. Today, the sindhi’s influence on the electronics business in Hong Kong, or clothing in Spain, or retail in the middle east or the US is know at all. Their success and industriousness led to kind of jealous humor about sindhi’s being miserly. Although I can personally vouch that every sindhi that I have ever met has been an example of generosity and warmth. Having seen such tough times and sales, sindhi’s went on to establish charitable trusts that are renowned for the help that they provide to humanity globally.