Friday, 11 July 2014

FRAGRANCE OF SINDHI COMMUNITY


In order to promote Sindhi culture, sanskriti and language, and to bring about more unity in the Sindhi community, and also to get legitimate political and other rights from the Central government, I have been travelling repeatedly and frequently to the following over 100 cities/towns over the last 26 years (from 1987 onwards) and meeting important office-bearers of Sindhi panchayats in each place, and continue to visit further cities/towns. With this object in mind, I have created an up-to-date directory (with telephone numbers, e-mail addresses etc.) of important Sindhi personalities in these cities/towns, updated till September 1, 2013. There are also individuals/organizations abroad who have expressed an interest in being listed in this directory as participating in the promotion of Sindhiyat.  These are also being included.

Also included are reports on Sindhi organizations  and their activities etc. in all of these cities. For further details in this connection, please refer to my article “Close encounters with my Sindhi Brethren” in the “About This Blog” page (http://fragrancesindhicommunity.blogspot.in/p/about-this-blog.html).

The entire material is available in book form in three versions, English (Fragrance of Sindhi Community), Sindhi (Devanagari) (सिन्धी समाज जी झलक) and Sindhi (Arabic) with the same name, as well as in blog form in English at www.blogspot.fragrancesindhicommunity.in.

Please inform me of changes, corrections, additions, deletions etc. if any to your listing so that I can update the list. Please also inform me of your e-mail address and website (if any) so that I can incorporate these in the directory.  
This will ensure that all important Sindhis in all cities can be connected with each other through the Internet in due course. It will also help them in matrimonial, business and other areas.  I hereby authorize all readers of this blog to make use of the material in this blog in the interests of the Sindhi community.

Technical assistance in this respect has been provided by Shri Anil G. Gidwani (9820604121) which I appreciate and commend very highly.

Mohan G. Rohira (retd. advocate)

Address:          148/301, Uphaar, 10th Road, Khar (W), Mumbai-400052

Telephone:      022-26497670/9321448147

E-mail:            mohangrohira@gmail.com



Instructions for use:

Names and addresses have been organized alphabetically by state and by city in the Directory Section.  These contain the most up-to-date information for the organizations etc. in each city/town.


Reports have been alphabetically organized by state and city, with dates in brackets against each city/town in which meetings were held. In case of any discrepancies regarding the office bearers mentioned in the reports, please refer to the Directory section for the latest details.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Narendra Modi on Sindhi culture and language - Ahmedabad, 2012

Please see Shri Narendra Modi asking Sindhis to preserve their heritage and culture, including the Sindhi language


Friday, 4 July 2014

Kolkata Office Bearers

ANIL PUNJABI

ARJUN G. ASWANI

ASHOK SUJNANI

GOPICHAND NIHALANI

GOVIND K. BHAMBANI

HARISH G. METHARAMANI

KISHANCHAND N. KHAIRAJANI

LACHMAAN P. BELANI

MURLI PUNJABI

NARESH R. PARNANI

RAMESH KUMAR NARWANI

THAKURDAS CHOTRANI

VINOD VASWANI

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Tour Report of Sindhis Staying in 8 Cities / Towns of West Rajasthan
(Mohan G. Rohira, Advocate – Mob: 9321448147)

It was learnt from Govt. and private sources that people staying in Rajasthan-Sindh border areas are normally speaking in Sindhi or its dialects even in present times.  Hence just to confirm this fact and to study and survey the real situation on ground level, (so that such favourable situation could be utilized for betterment of Sindhi Community in future in the long run), I got the golden opportunity to go to following 8 cities / towns of West Rajasthan during the pious days of Sindhi and Hindu New Year of Chetichand (2014).  Pre-arranged Meetings were held for 2:3 hours in each place on my request with the office bearers of Sindhi Associations (particularly Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha) wherein various matters were discussed regarding unity, Sanskar and social service in the Community for its betterment and to claim legitimate rights from Central Govt. after forming a co-ordinating body or Mahasangh.  Suggestions & informations were collected, Sindhi & national literature was distributed.  There was good enthusiasm (even more than that in earlier meetings), a great love & affection and a good hospitality was extended to me everywhere which can not be described in words.  The names of attendees and their mobile numbers were noted in all meetings.  One particular point which was noticed everywhere, was that the Murtis of Bhagwan Jhulelal, are normally kept in particularly all Sindhis’ shops / offices or homes for keeping Sindhi identity.  However wherever these murtis were in short quantity, they promised to keep the same in near future.  On the whole Sindhis are generally well off financially at most of the places.  Further report of each city / town in a nutshell is as under:-

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Bikaner: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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The total population of this ancient Kingly City is near about 6½ lakhs, which includes 1000 Sindhi families (nearly 7000 persons).  Most of Sindhi families stay in Pawanpuri (446), Rath Khana (132), Dhobi Talai (49), J. N. Vyas Colony (64), Muktaprasad Colony (55), Ganga Shaher (21), and remaining families stay in other areas.  They are mainly (90%) engaged in business particularly in Readymade cloth, hosiery, shoes, etc.  They have good relations with local masses & command a good image in the city.  They celebrate 4 annual functions, namely Chictichand, Asu month’s moon, Chaliha Sahib and Sant Kanwar Ram’s Varsi.  They arrange rally in the city with Jhankies, Priti Bhojan and “Sindhi Bhagat.” Sant Kanwar Ram Sindhi Samaj Trust Dharamshalla Mandir (Dhobi Talai) arrange Priti Bhojan on the occasion of Sant Kanwar Ram’s Varsi.  In addition to aforesaid temple, the other temples are Shri Amarlal Mandir Trust & Sant Kanwar Ram Seva Samiti Mandir (Both in Rath Khana).  Here the Sindhis have numerous Sindhi Associations which do a lot of Social Work in their respective fields and celebrate annual functions with co-operation of one an other.  The main among them are (1) Sindhi Central Panchayat Sanstha (President – Shri Kishinchand Satyani, Vice President Shri Lalchand Tulsiani), (2) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha (P-Shri Shyamsunder Ahuja), (3) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha Yuva Morcha, Pavanpuri (P-Shri Tikam Parwani), (4) Matra Shakti Satsang Mandli, Dhobi Talai (P-Smt. Jasoda Ramchandani), (5) Prem Prakash Mandir, Pawanpuri (P-Smt. Veena Badlani), (6) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha Mahilla Morcha, (P-Smt. Bharati Gulabani), (7) Vishal Sindh Samaj Sanskratik Manch  (Secretary – Shri Pawan Devani) etc. etc. Sindhi Central Panchayat Sanstha have prepared a wonderful ‘Sindhi Smarka 2012’.

The chief Virtue of the Sindhis of Bikaner is that they have prepared a huge ‘Rangmanch’ since last 14 years under the direction of Shri Suresh Hindustani wherein so many Arts are created.   They have made more than 100 dramas (i.e. Maharaja Dahirsen, Hemu Kalani, Karo Sago, Shahadat, Chief Minister, etc.) which have been shown in more than 40 cities / towns of India and have been suitably rewarded.  Similarly the dramas “Sujanapa” and ‘Chikha’, as directed by Shri Nanik Hindustani, have been suitably rewarded.  Thus it will not be exaggerating to state that Sindhi Rangmanch of Bikaner has built a separate special identity in the country and Shri Suresh Hindustani has proved to be a famous Director in the country.  (He is also a good worker of Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha).  The other Sindhi Associations in India get inspiration from this Sindhi Organization.  The worth seeing ancient places of Bikaner include Jhunagadh Fort & Museum, Lalgarh Fort & Museum, Karni Mata’s Temple at Deshnok, Naganechi Devi Mandir, Laxminath Mandir, Kodamdesar Mandir & Talao, Kapil Munis Kolayat Mandir & Sarovar etc.  The camel ride of Bikaner is also famous.  Nearly 50% Sindhis here speak in their mother tongue among themselves & at home.  The 16 members were present in the meeting of Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha on 19/03/2014 and 11 members were present in the General Meeting on 20/03/2014.

 
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Jaisalmer: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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This ancient gigantic and artistic town derives the population of 1 lakh along with 40 Sindhi families (250 persons).  Out of these 30 families stay in Gandhinagar colony.  Inspite of being in such a small number, they have created their separate special identity in the town.  They are mainly engaged in business of Fruits, General Stores, Kriyana, Vegetables, etc.  Nearly 3% of them are in service.  They have made one Pujya Jhulelal Sindhi Panchayat whose president is Shri Savaldas Varjani & secretary is Shri Hiralal Sadhwani.  The later is also Sanyojak of Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha.  The other Association here is “Sindhu Siksha Evam Sanskritik Sansthan”, whose president is above named Shri Savaldas Varjani & Secretary is Shri Asharam Mulchandani.  Both these associations alongwith Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha do some social activities for the Community & celebrate annual functions with one an other’s co-operation.  They arrange procession with Jhankies and Priti Bhojan on Chetichand day.  They take out ‘Bahrana Sahib’ on every New Moon Day right from the year 1998.  They also celebrate Hermu Kalani day (21st January), Sindhu Sumrati Day (14th August) and Swami Teoonram Jayanti every year.  Moreover ladies arrange satsang of Sri Jhulelal and Swami Tenuram on every Friday and Saturday respectivley in Jhulelal Mandir, Gandhi Colony.  They do not have any Sindhi Dharamshala at present.   However, they are aspiring for the same.  Accordingly they have purchased a 120 x 180 sq.feet plot of land for that purpose, wherein they expect to make a beautiful Dharamshala with Temple of Jhulelal Sai.  It is expected that some Philanthropist Sindhis will also  help them financially for its construction.  They have full faith in Sai Jhulelal.  In the year 2007 there was a famine & no rain in this town and water in Garhisar Sarover was dried up.  However surprisingly & suddenly rain water came in Garhisar Sarover on New Moon Day (the day of immersion of Bahrana Sahib) from 40 kms faraway place and thus they were able to immerse Bahrana Sahib in this Sarover on that New Moon Day as usual!  They speak mainly (90%) in Sindhi among themselves and at home.  There are many important worth seeing tourist places here.  Such as Jaisalmer Fort & Museum (which includes many jain & other temples), Folk Lore & Desert Culture Centre Museum & maru Sanskratik  Kendra (in/charge N.K. Sharma, email ID: deemsueum@yahoo.co.in) wherein Puppet show is also shown daily on Rajasthani Culture.  There is another Museum in its vicinity near Garhisar Sarovar wherein Model of ‘Momal Meri’ (Palace) of ‘Jeejal Sindh’ is kept wherein Kak River used to flow nearby in those days (as per literary creation of Famous Sindhian Shakespeare poet Shah Akdul Latif).  ‘Patwa havelis’ of Jaisalmer are very famous throughout the world.   Here the foreign tourists prefer camel ride.  Many Sindhi tourists go to nearby Sindh Border from here; make camel ride and enjoy Sindhi folk lore & Sindhi Sangit (Sung by Sindhi Muslims who make up & down trips daily from Sindh).  Here meeting took place on 22/03/2014 wherein 19 members were present (including 11 ladies).

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Barmer: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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This town has capacity of 1 lakh people.  Like Jaisalmer, this town is also near Sindh border.  The railway train going to Sindh, passes from this town and furhter via Gadra Road & Munabao.  The number of Sindhis staying here is around 6000.  Most of them stay in Nehru Nagar (Sindhi Colony), Mahavir Nagar, Station Para (a Sindhi word still retained), Kalyanpura, Seth Harumal Mohalla, Roy Colony, etc.  At least 80% of them normally speak in Sindhi at home & among themselves.  Some of them are in lower middle class category.    Nearly 2% of them are engaged in service.  The remaining are in business of various varieties such as big Hotels, Readymade Cloth, Show Rooms, Kriyana, Stationery, bakery, Vegetables, making military goods (being border area) etc.   Hence it can be safely said they have control practically on every business of the town though they are hardly 6% of the total population (i.e. like salt in wheat flour).  Since there are mines in the vicinity of this town and being a border area, nearly 400 factories of oil, coal, granite, POP etc., have been established here by big companies.  The town has a number of Sindhi Organizations, who do a lot of Social Work in their respective fields and celebrate annual function with co-operation of one an other.  The names of such organizations are (1) Pujya Sindhi Panchayat (Central) Barmes (President : Shri Naraindas Rajwani, Secretary, Laxmandas Badlani), (2) Nehru Nagar Sindhi Uppanchayat (P-Sitaldas Jivnani, S-Mirchumal Karipalani), (3) Mahavir Nagar Sindhi Uppanchayat (P-Talloram Menghani, S-Ghanshyamdas Tansukhani), (4) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha (Pradesh P-Bhagwandas Tharwani, Distt. P.-sonu, Khemani and City P-Raju Shahani), (5) Jhulelal Yuva Seva Samiti (P-Sunil Sev-Kani, Gen. Secretary, Haresh Lalwani), (6) Jhulelal Mahila Seva Samiti (Smt. Nirmala Motiani & others).  Many Sindhi Mandirs are found here such as Jhulelal Mandir (Gurudwara Road), Sant Rituram Mandir, Mata Asribai Ramapir Mandir, Mata Dhilibai Mandir, etc.   They have made 3 Bhavans, namely (1) Sindhi Panchayat Bhavan at Gurudwara Road, near Rly Station, (2) At Nehru Nagar, Sindhi Colony, (3) At Mahavir Nagar.  They celebrate many annual functions such as Jayantis of Guru Nanik, Guru Gobind Singh & Baba Ramapir, Varsis of mata Asribai, Guru Nihalgiri, Sant Reluram and Sant Uderdinomal.  They celebrate Chetichand on a grand scale for full one week.  In the joint meeting of Pujya Sindhi Panchayat & Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha on 24/03/2014 (wherein 22 members were present including 8 ladies), they distributed the hand bills for Chetichand Mela showing such programme from 28/03/2014 to 02/04/2014 for various activities such as Rangoli Competition (for ladies), fancy dress competition, moving chairs competition (for youngsters),  Antakshari. Sindhi Tok Show, Mata Ji Chowki, Kalash Yatra, Cultural programme, Sanman Samaroh, Vahan Rally, Shobha Yatra with Bahrana Sabib, Satsang (By Jhulelal Mandli) Bhajan Sandhya and Bhandara (wherein local people also participate) etc. on different days & places throughout this week.  They close the shops for whole day on this auspicious occasion of Chati Chand.  They announce this program in Sindhi language on the mike sitting in a taxi in Sindhi localities daily throughout this week.  The Sindhis of other cities can get inspiration from such noble programs of Barmer Sindhis.  They have cordial relations with local masses.  The worth seeing tourist places here, are Shri Jogmata Mandir on the Hill (with 540 steps) along with Naganechi Devi Mandir enroute.  The other Mandirs are those of Jains, Shivji, Mataji, Baba Ramdev, Guru Gorakhnath & Mahalgiri Marhi, etc.

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Balotra: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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This town is between Barmer & Jodhpur on Rly line.  Its population is 1 lakh including 170 Sindhi families, who stay in different localities such as Naya Pura, Gandhi Pura, Sabzi Mandi, Sadar Bazar, Kachahari Road, etc.  They have many social Associations who do much social work in their respective field & celebrate annual functions with co-operation of one an other.  Their names are (1) Sindhi Panchayat Sanstha (Regd.) (President – Gobindran alias Babubhai Ahuja, Secretary – Vasudev Basrani), (2) Sindhi Yuva Shakti (P-Manish Kumar Lalwani, S- Sanjay Ahuja & Pravakta Raja Sangtani), (3) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha (P-Indir Kumar Basrani, S-Prakash Soni), (4) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha Mahila Mandal (P-Kanshilya Khyani, S-Kavita Sangtani).  They have Seth Shambhumal Sindhi Panchayat Bhawan, Sindhi Dharamshalla & Jhulelal Mandir in Nayapura.  They normally (95%) speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home.  They are engaged mainly in business such as cloth, vegetables, fruits etc.  Nearly 10% of them are in service.  The town has 4 Sindhi Doctors (Dr. H. M. Khyani Dr. Hemant Khyani, Dr. Mohanlal Meghnani, Dr. Santosh Singh Shivnani, etc.).  They celebrate Asu Month’s New Moon, Hemu Kalani Shahidi day and Chetichand etc.  On the auspicious occasion of Chetichand, they close their shops, take out procession in the town & arrange ‘Bhandara’.  They suggested that Govt. should be persuaded to make Chetichand as National Holiday.  The above named Shri Raja Sangtani regularly sends the social activities of Sindhis of the town to Shri Mukesh Advani of Sindhu Darshan.  Here the worth seeing tourist spots are Braham Dham Mandir, Mata Rani Bhagtiani Mandir, Ramchhod Bhagwan’s Khir Mandir and a very famous Shri Nakhoda Jain, Tirathasthan (at Mewanagar) which is at a distance of only 10 km. from the town.  The pilgrims & tourists come and stay in this Tirathasthan in thousands throughout the year and can take food together in thousands at a time.  Two meetings took place here on same day on 25/03/2014.  13 members were present in Joint General Meeting during the day time & 11 members were present in the joint meeting of Sindhi Yuva Shakti & Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha during the night time.

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Jodhpur: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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This city is also fondly called as ‘Suryanagiri’.   It’s population is 17 lakh including 40 thousand Sindhis.  They are settled in many different areas of the city.  They have nearly 25 Sindhi Social Associations, all of them can hardly be described here.  However some main associations are mentioned here for brevity’s sake. 

1)    Jodhpur Sindhi Samaj Society (President – Dhirubhai Goswami, Sri Vice President – Harish Devnani, Gen. Secretary – Kanayalal Tewani),
2)    Sindhi Cultural Society (P-Mahesh Santani, S-Sushil Manglani),
3)    Sindhi Youth Welfare Society (P-Prem Thadani, S-Bhagwan Mulani),
4)    Pujya Sindhi Panchayat (P-Indir Tahiliani, S-Ram Tolani),
5)    Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha (P-Tirath Dodwani, S-Pradip Gehani),
6)    Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha Mahila Samiti (P-Leela Kripalani),
7)    Jhulelal Mandir Vikas Society, Sojati Gate (P-Bhagwan Murjani, S-Prem Thadani).

In addition to these associations different localities of city like Chopasini Housing Board, Bhasini Housing Board, Sardarpura, Ratanara, Pratap Nagar, Shaktinagar etc. have their own Sindhi Panchayats.  Some more description of above referred (Sr.No.2) Sindhi Cultural Society is worth noting here.  Right from the year 1982 this Society has been continuously and vigorously working for the advancement of Sindhi Literature, Language, Art, drama and Culture etc.  This Society has played so many dramas on the stage before Public not only in Jodhpur City, but also many other cities in India and thus has made their special identity in the field of drama particularly among Sindhi Community.  This Society has also prepared a beautiful “Sindhu Kalash 2008” Smarka (Suvenir) which includes among other things, the details of 300 Sindhis doing service in the city.  Today Sindhi culture is alive mainly due to such associations.  Likewise, here other Sindhi Associations are also playing their important role in their respective fields & celebrate annual festivals in cooperation with one an other which can hardly be described here for want of space.  They take out Rallies in the city and arrange Priti Bhojan on the auspicious occasions of Chetichand, Guru Nanaik Jayanti & Hemu Kalani Shahidi day.  They celebrate Chetichand on a grand scale in different localities of the city for full 3 days.  In the meeting of all Sindhi Associations dated 27/03/2014 (wherein 78 persons attended including 17 ladies) they distributed the hand bills of Chetichand Mela, showing programme from 01/04/2014 to 03/04/2014 such as Bhandara, Pujya Bahrana Sahib, “Sanman Samaroh”, “Sindhi Bhagat”, Shobha Yatra etc.  More over they also celebrate birthdays of Sant Kanwar Ram, Raja Dahirsen and Ramapir.

They have built many Dharamshallas (for marriage purposes) along with Mandirs side by side in different localities.  Such as Sindhu Mahal (Chopasini Housing Board), Mata Asribai Dharamshalla, Shri Ramapir Mandir & Motiram Dharamshalla (Sardarpura), Sindhu Bhavan, Dada Laungmal Bherwani Dham & ‘Marhi”, Sindhi Hindu Dharamshalla (Ratanara) Sant Kanwar Ram Dharam Shalla (Pratap Nagar), 4 Jhulelal Mandirs at Sojati Gate, Shaktinagar, Tisari Pulya and Sardarpura, Ishwar Prem Ashram (Suraj Nagar – incharge Nitya Mukta Anitaji), Swami Teroonram Prem Prakash Mandir (Tisari Pulya, Chopasini Housing Board), Jhulelal Mahal, Sant Lila Shah Swargashram (Swanchigate), Sindhi Swargashram, (Housing Board & Kaga), Hemu Kalani Chowk (Sardarpura), Sant Kanwar Ram Murti (Pratapnagar Dharam Shalla).  Many Sindhi personalities stay here.  For example Shri Jethanand Lalwani (Founder Jhulelal Yuva Mandal, Press Reporter & Dancer), Shri Virumal Hemnani & Shri Ashok Kripalani (Drama Artists), Shri Harish Devnani (Drama Director, Artist, Ex-member, Raj-Sindhi Academy & Raj Sangit Natak Academy, Founder President, Sindhi Cultural Society etc.), Riya Mulchandani (President Ward-5, B.J.P.), Sunita Jhamnani (Parshad Ward 7), Ganesh Bijani (Opp. Leader, Jodhpur, Muni. Corp. – B.J.P.), etc. Many sindhi journalists stay here and edit Sindhi / Hindi periodicals such as (1) Sindhu Kesari (Editor: Shri Kanayalal Tewani), (2) Jai Amarlal (Editor: Shri Ashok Mulchandani), (3) ‘Mehran’ (Editors: S/Shri Deepak & Rajendra Bherwani), (4) ‘Mir Dayanand Vani’ (Editor: Shri Nandlal Rane).  Nearly 40% Sindhis of this city speak in Sindhi among themselves & at home.   Most of them are in all business mainly in cloth, vegetables, fruits, stationery, ghee, oil, etc.  Being a big city, it has many worth seeing Tourist spots such as Mehrangarh Fort (on a hill but with lift arrangement), Mandore Garden with Fort & Museum, Koyalana Lake, Shastri Palace Balinath & Baba Ramdev Mandir (on Masuria Hill Garden), Ganesh Mandir, Public Park, Zoo, Umed Garden, Shri Pragat Santoshi Mata Dham (Lal Sagar) and abovementioned Sindhi Temples & Tirthasthans, etc.

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Pali Marwar: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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Nearly 5000 Sindhis (700 families)   stay in this town of 1 ½ lakh population.  Out of 5000, nearly 2500 Sindhis stay in Sindhi Colony, 1500 in Housing Board & the remaining 1000 stay near railway station & some other places.  Nearly 75% of them speak in Sindhi at home & among themselves.  Their main business in this business minded town are Kriyana, cloth, vegetables, hotels, etc.  Nearly 10% of them are in service.  The main Association of this town is Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha which is working for the advancement of Sindhyat, patriotism, religon, service, Sanskar & unity through its team of dedicated & selfless volunteers.  The town president of this organization is Shri Jaikishin Ramchandani and Secretary is Shri Khemchand Navani.  Further more its Pali Distt. President is Shri Hiralal Lakhwani and Distt. General Secretary is Shri Radhakishin Shivnani.  This Sabha has a Yuva Ikai (Unit) in the town whose President is Shri Surendra Nihalani & a Vice President is Shri Jitendra Ramchandani.  Both associations do a lot of social work to reach at the above objects in cooperation with each other & also to celebrate annual functions.  On Chetichand / New Year day, they close down shops / offices, arrange Priti Bhojan and take out Rally with Jhankus in the town wherein local masses also participate.  They also arrange Priti – Bhojan on the auspicious occasions of Sheranwali Mataji day, Asu month’s New moon day and Chaliha Sahib functions.  They also take out procession on Ramnavmi day.  They also celebrate jayantis of Hemu Kalani, Raja Dehirsen, Sant Kanwar Ram & Sindhi Smriti day on a grand scale.  They have cordial relations with local people (particularly due to RSS inclination) and thus they command good respect in the town.  In Sindhi Colony, they have Jhulelal and Sant Kanwar Ram Dharam Shallas (for marriage purposes) along with Jhulelal & other temples.  They have built Hemu Kalani Statue at Hemu Kalani Circle nearby.  Moreover they have built 3 Jhulelal Temples one each at Housing Board, Rly. Station area & P.N.T. Colony.  They (Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha) have prepared “Pali Shahar Sindhi Samaj Janaganna Smarka 2008” which gives useful information of the Community.  Further more Sindhi language is taught here with financial help of NCPSL wherein 80-90 students pass examination and get certificate every year.  Moreover one Sindhi Language subject of 50 marks (optional) is taught in 4 schools of the town to the students of Class IX and X who take this subject instead of Sanskrit Language (optional) subject and for that purpose students are encouraged for which they are praise worthy (since unlike Sindhi Language, Sanskrit is also taught independently by so many independent institutions).  Here the worth seeing places are Ganesh Sidhapeetha Naga Baba Mandir (Near Manthan Cinema), Shri Shantinath Jain Mandir, Somnath, Venkatashwar and Raghunath Mandirs, Lakhotia Shiv Mandir along with Lakhotia Garden.  46 members attended the meeting on 29/03/2014.   

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Marwar Jn.: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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The population of this tiny town is only 20,000 and therefore they have only Gram Panchayat.  Only 150 Sindhi families stay here.  They reside near Rly. Station.  They are engaged practically in all businesses as such as Kriyana, Sweets, cloth, mobile phones, hotels, fruits, vegetables, etc.  There is only one main Bazar near Rly. Station which is called as “Sindhi Bazar” right from beginning (i.e. 1947).  They have also made “Jhulelal Chowk” recently in this Bazar.  Mostly all Sindhis have their shops / houses in this Bazar.  They are united and mix up among themselves on happy & unhappy occasions and they have prepared a mobile phone directory for this purpose so that they can contact one an other on phone on send SMS.  They have one Pujya Sindhi Panchayat whose Mukhi (President) is Shri Rajkumar Goklani, General Secretary is Shri Prakash (Papanbhai) Aswani & Secretary is Shri Keshavdas Manghnani.  Moreover they have one Sindhi Navyuvak Mandal having 2 ‘Sanrakshaks’ namely abovenamed Shri Papanbhai Aswani & Shri Ishwarlal Narwani.  Both associations work in co-ordination for the welfare of the community and celebrate annual functions namely Chetichand (New Year day) and Guru Nanik Jayanti.  They close down their shops, take out Rally with Jhankis in the town and then have Priti Bhojan on both occasions.  They have good relations with local masses & command good respect in this small town.  They practically all (100%) speak in Sindhi at home and among themselves which is a shining example & a matter of inspiration for Sindhis of other places.  They have built a Sindhi Dharamshala in Sindhi Bazar whose renovation and extension work is still in progress.  They have also built Jhulelal Mandir (inside this Dharamsala) wherein they have arranged Shri Guru Granth Sahib and Satnam Sakhi Granth Sahib of Prem Prakash Mandal.  Being a small town, the worth seeing places are a few mandirs only such as Shri Adinath Jain Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Satnarain Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Radhakrishin Mandir, Mukti Dham etc.  Here 32 members were present (including 6 ladies in the meeting on 30/03/2014.)

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Udaipur: (Mar-Apr 2014)
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This beautiful & gigantic city was established in the month of May, 467 years back in name of Royal King Uday Singh, father of famous Patriot King Maharana Pratap and therefore in the month of May every year the celebrations are made for that purpose.  6 lakh people stay here including half a lakh Sindhis.  They are spread practically in all corners of the city i.e. (1) Shakti Nagar, (2) Hiranmagiri, (3) Jawahar Nagar, (4) Kailash Nagar, (5) Kamla Nagar, (6) Machhlamagiri, (7) Swena Khera, (8) Gordhan Vilas etc.   They have formed Sindhi Panchayats with names of these 8 localities.  In addition, they have formed many other Sindhi Panchayats with the names of cities located in Sindh province.  Such as (9) Pujya Balochistan Sindhi Panchayat (President Nanikram Khasturi, Gen-Secretary Suresh Kotaria), (10) Pujya Jacobabad Sindhi Panchayat (P-Gobindram Kalra, S-Vasudev Rajani), (11) Pujya Sindhi Sahiti Panchayat(P-Tirathdas Nebhnani, S-Omprakash Ahuja), (12) Pujya Khanpur Sindhi Panchayat (P-Harish Narinani, S-Rajesh Khatri), (13) Pujya Shikarpur Sindhi Panchayat (P-Sukhram Balchandani, S-Hiranand Chainani), (14) Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha (City P-Nanikram Khasturi, City S-Gopichand Rameja and Pradesh V.P. Suresh Kataria).  This Sabha is doing wonderful social works and celebrates (with coordination with other associations) 21st January-Hemu Kalani Day, 10th April-Sindhi Bhasha & Sanskriti Competition Day, 16th June-Maharaja Dahirsen Shahidi Day, 14th August-Sindhu Sanskriti Day, 25th August-Maharaj Dahersen Jayanti and 15 days Bal Sauskar Shibir in the month of June every year & it also cooperates with other associations in celebrating Chetichand & other annual melas, (15) Shri Jhulelal Seva Samiti (P-Prataprai Chugh, S-Sunil Khatri).  This association includes representatives of practically all other Sindhi Associations of the city and thus it looks like a Central Sindhi Panchayat.  This association also does many social activities (with coordination with other organizations) such as arranging “Saumhik Vivaha” (joint marriages), ‘Parichaya Samelan”, celebrating Chetichand & other Melas etc.    In addition to above, other associations are Mehila Sangathan, Jhulelal Navyuvak Mandal, Sant KanwarRam Seva Mandal and 26 more Yuva Sangathans are formed in different localities in the city.  Every association is working hard in doing social work in its different field and celebrates annual functions in co-ordination with other associations which cannot be described here for want of space.

In addition to above annual functions, they celebrate Chetichand (New Year’s day) on a grand scale with pump & dignity for full week which includes blood donation, Bhandara, grand rally with 18 Jhankies of Band Bajas, riding on horses, youngsters on motor cycles, Mewar Sindhu Brigade of Military with Weapons, dancing, showing martyr Hemu Kalani being beaten by British Police, carrying Jyot and Babrana Sahib, passing Through different roads of the city while dancing continuously for 5 hours in the hot sun during the noon time.  (Luckily I was also inspired to dance with them on this Chetichand day on 01/04/2014!).  In the evening on the very same day a wonderful Jhanki of Jhulelal Sai was made with 51000 paper boats in Sanatan Mandir of Shakti Nagar locality.  On the very same night (i.e. 01/04/2014) a grand Mela bazar was arranged nearby wherein dancing of children was exhibited on the stage & merit & lucky draw rewards were distributed.  The Dasahara arranged by Sindhis of this city is famous throughout the country.  The people from far away places came here to see the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna & Menghnath.  A Bhandara is arranged on Sant Kanwar Ram Jayanti.  ‘Mahila Holi Shok Milan (gulali) by ladies and ‘Shok Niwaran & Holi Milan’ by Gents, ‘Samuhik Karyakram’ (joint program) is also arranged by them.  More over Ramnavami, Janmashtami & Sant Kanwar Ram Jayanti (21st Jan.), are celebrated by Sanatan Dharam Seva Samiti.  

They have made 10 Sindhi Dharam Shallas / Bhavans out of which Jhulelal Bhavan, Sanatan Mandir (Shakti Nagar) and Surajpole Dharamshala are meant for not only marriage purposes but for lodging also.  The remaining ones are made only for marriage purposes.. i.e. Sindhu Bhavan (Bhopalpura), Sindhu Dham & Mandir (Jawahar Nagar), Jhulelal Ashram & mandir (Hiranmagri), Shiv and Jhulelal Mandir (Pratapnagar), Sant KanwarRam Bhavan (Sahiti Panchayat, Sector 14), Sadhu Vaswani Dharmada Trust and Mandir (Tagore Nagar).  They have made big ‘Vradhashram’ (elders’ home) named as ‘Sukhdham’ on an area of 20,000 sq.ft. wherein they have made a nice arrangement for comforts of elderly persons.  In addition to above they have made Sant KanwarRam Mandir in Sant KanwarRam Colony, Kothi Baug.

Two Sindhi literary persons stay in this beautiful city namely Shri Nandlal Parisramani who has written 10 – 12 books and Shri Gopichand Rameja has written 3 books.  The main personality and a Doyen of Sindhi Community, i.e. Shri Prabhudas Pahuja a 83 years old gentleman is staying here.  He is founder President of above said Jacobabad Sindhi Panchayat.  He has done neomen service to humanity and is held in high esteem even by non-Sindhis.  Shri Gobindram Lakhani is editor of ‘Mewar Sangharsh’ which is published twice a year.  The head office of ‘Sindh Panchayat Samadhar’ (By weekly) (which is published from Neemuch) is having its head office here.  Its editor Shri Kamal Vardhani is staying here.  The Sindhis of this gigantic city mainly (60%) speak in Sindhi at home & among themselves.   10% of them are in service, the remaining are in business i.e. Kriyana, Vegetables, readymade, cloth etc.  On the whole they control practically main businesses of the city and command good respect in the Society which is a matter of Pride for Sindhi community.  It is gratifying to note that here Sindhi language subject (Devanagiri Script) is taught in 4 High Schools which are Residency Girls High School, Girls High School (Bhopalpura), NavBharat High School and Sindhi Bhasini High School (Pratapnagar).  Many worth seeing tourist places are found here in this nice city.  Such as Govt. Museum , City Palace Museum, ‘Sahaliyon ki Bari’, Gulab Baug, Karni Mata Mandir (on a hill and by Ropeway), Maharana Pratap Smark, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, Shilpgram,, nehru Garden (by boat).  In addition there are 5 lakes here (Pishola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar, Dudh Talai, Swamp Sagar) and therefore this city is fondly and proudly called as ‘City of Lakes’.  Many of these places can conveniently be visited by conducted tours.  Moreover famous pilgrimage places like EKhigji, Shrinathji (Nathdwara) and famous historical place ‘Haldi Ghati’ (wherein Maharana Pratap vigorously fought Mughals) are located only at a distance of 50 – 60 kms. From the city.  Here 14 members were present in the general meeting on 02/04/2014.

As far as the question of Sindhi speaking area on Rajasthan-Sindh Border is concerned, it is worth nothing that as per Dr. Nanikram Israni’s (Ex-Chairman Raj Sindhi Academy) book ‘Bharat me Bhoomia ji Khoj” and Shri Gyan Hemmani’s article, “Geographical Boundaries of Sindhi Language” (visit: www.youngsindhis.blogspot.in) and also as per Govt. sources, people staying in Sindh border area i.e. Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Jalore districts of Rajesthan as well as Kutch area of Gujarat (total area nearly 47000 sq. miles) normally speak in Sindhi or its dialects (i.e. Ladi, Thari, Saraiki, Kutchi, etc.).  These reports pertain to the period 20 – 25 years back.  However, in my above mentioned 17 days tour of 8 cities (particularly Jaisalmer, Barmer Jodhpur), it was prima-facie learnt on ground level that the aforesaid Sindhi speaking area is considerably being reduced year after year.  Muslim Bhils who migrated to Jaisalmer distt. in 1990 and used to speak in Sindhi language, but nowadays they are speaking in Hindi & Urdu.  Same is the conditon of Barmer Distt.  Its main reason is that Rajasthan Govt. has not opened Sindhi medium Schools in these border areas.  Even previous such schools have been closed.  They have encouraged the teaching of only Hindi language in the schools.  The less educated Sindhis of these area have, neither insisted on opening of Sindhi medium schools nor for teaching Sindhi language as one of the subjects in Hindi Medium schools.  The border of Sindh is at a distance of nearly 100 kms. from Jaisalmer & Barmer towns.  However, Sindhi language is being spoken within 50 kms from the border (like Gadra Road, Munabao etc.) and one gets the glimpse of Sindhi Culture even today.  Nearly 2 lakh Sindhi Muslims stay in Barmer Distt.  Likewise they stay in sufficient numbers in Jaisalmer Distt.  They normally speak in Sindhi.  They (and some Hindu Sindhis) are disciples of Pir Pagara (of  Pir Jo Goth, Sindh) and are ‘Sufi’ (liberal) minded.  The representative of Pir Pagara also stays in Jaisalmer town even now a days.  As per Archealogical deptt. and others (in Jodhpur) Sindhi folk singers & Artists are counted as Rajasthani folk singers & Artists, Sindhi music instruments are treated as Rajasthani ones & so on.  They have names & addresses of 200 Sindhi folklore singers & artists and they are prepared to give such Sindhi Cultural treasure to any Sindhi Organization if demanded by them (As per abovenamed Dr. Nanikram Israni).

Even now, it is never too late.  It is high time to take advantage of the above situation.  Even now if any Sindhi Organization moves in this direction by sending a special team to these border areas, makes a thorough Survey and investigation of present actual situation on ground level, more information is likely to come out.  Then more action can be taken i.e. by persuading Sindhi NRIS to open industries and make other facilities for employment etc. available in these areas and then with the co-operation of these Sindhi masses (sons of the Soil) and by making coordinating body of all main Sindhi Associations of India & by making minimum common program (like NDA / UPA) by consensus, demand new Sindhi State from Central Govt. on the Rajasthan-Sindh border as well as on an Kutch-Sindh Border even by amending the constitution and thus all problems of Sindhi Community would be solved automatically.   (Since so many such suggestions and establishment of Sindhi T.V. Channel etc., were received by me in this aforesaid tour).  Just as soil is required for sowing seeds, likewise land is required for survival and advancement of Sindhi language, culture and Sanskriti.  Without such land how long can tree of Sindhi Culture remain alive?  Till such consensus is achieved we can at least struggle & demand our legitimate rights from the Govt.  As we can not forgive our pre-partition day so called ‘Sindhi leaders’ for not acquiring Sindh Pradesh (on the lines of East Punjab & West Bengal) for not having foresight, likewise if we do not take any serious & vigorous steps in this direction within 10 – 15 years, the remaining Sindhi speaking areas on the aforesaid borders will vanish and the coming Sindhi generation will curse us for being passive.    I am quite sure that as we have passed the first examination of standing on our own legs economically, we shall also pass in this 2nd exam of surviving and advancing of Sindhi Language and culture, getting our legitimate rights from the govt. and ultimately getting Sindh Pradesh in India, with the blessings of Bhagwan Jhulelal.  (For further information please visit my blog : www.fragrancesindhicommunity.blogspot.in).


(Mohan G. Rohira, Advocate 9321448147)

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Organizations providing aid to Sindhis

Indusind Foundation

1. Scholarship to Sindhis in allover india basis after 12th to Graduation. INDUSIND MERIT-CUM-MEANS SCHOLARSHIP
 (Till date IF is helping 100 Scholars) 
(Forms are available on website, and in Mumbai office also).

2.Assistance to Senior Citizen Womens (Widows/Poor/Handicapped) all over india basis though association and Panchayats.(Till Date IF is helping 551 Women).


Indusind Foundation.
 Hinduja House,
 171, Dr. Annie Besant Road,
 Worli Mumbai-400 018.
 Tel 022- 24960707 Ext. 330 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN DELHI

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN DELHI
(Sep 21-23, 2012)

Published in (1) “Hindu” (Sindhi) daily,  Nov-7-2012 (2) “Hindvasi” (Sindhi) weekly, Nov 4, 2012 (3) “Samvad Sindhi” (English) Feb 1-15, 2013

            This marvellous, gigantic and very ancient (during Pandavas’ period of Indraprasta State) Metropolis has remained the capital of our great country Bharat since last 1000 years.  It is also Union Territory with its name and NCR (National Capital Region).  It includes old Delhi of mugul Dynasty period and modern New Delhi.  This Metropolis is spread all round in a very big area (covering 1483 k.m.).  Its outer circumference is 80 k.m. (outer ring road)  and inner circumference is nearly 40 k.m. (inner Ring Road). These roads are connected with all the different and far away localities of the Metropolis.  In addition the arrangement of A.C. Metro Rail Network (which is not less than that of Japan) has further facilitated the travel from one part of the Metropolis to the other to a great extent.  It’s population is one and a half crore, which includes a quarter to 2 lakh Sindhis who have contributed to it like sugar in the milk.  They are spread in practically all localities - particularly in Jhangirpuri, Janakpuri, Kalkaji, Jhulelal Society (Pitampura), Ashok Vihar, Sarit Vihar, Mayur Vihar, Rajinder Nagar (Old & New), Lajpat Nagar, Ramesh Nagar, Malaviya Nagar, Patel Nagar, Shalimar Baug, Sabzi Mandi etc. and  hence I had to travel to many different localities to arange meetings with office bearers of Sindhi Panchayats in these localities.

          This Metropolis has over a hundred Sindhi Panchayats, cultural associations, Mandals, temples (like Nijthanw) etc., most of these are registered with Govt. Authorities.  However they do not have any single Co-ordinating Body or Central Panchayat, though efforts are going on for the same.  Every association has its own office bearers and is doing so many social activities in its own field which can not be discribed here in these columns for want of space - mention of one such association here will be sufficient.  For example, old Rajindernagar Sindhi Panchayat and Sindhi Samaj (Regd.).  They have  one Sindhu Bhavan which includes Dharamshalla, Basement Hall, Jhulelal Mandir, Krishin Mandir, Pre-Nursery School, etc., wherein Widow’s Fund Committee, Matrimonial Centre are functioning and celebration of religious days, medical  help, cultural programmes are arranged.

          Sindhu Education Society is formed in Lajpatnagar whose Secretary is Shri K.R. Manjani, an 84 year old famous advocate.  Two famous schools are run under this society - such as (1) Baba Nebhraj Secondary School (Estt. 1956) wherein 1200 students study till 12th Std. The Sepciality of this school is that one Sindhi subject (Devanagiri script) is compulsory even for non-Sindhi students.  (2) Hemnani Public School (Estt. 1978) wherein 850 students study in English medium.  Here also one Sindhi subject (Devanagiri Script) is compulsory for all Sindhi Students. In Chanakyapuri, there is one Sadhu Vaswani School wherein Sindhi subject is compulsory for all Sindhi students.  These three (3) schools are shining example for giving inspiration to Sindhis of other cities in so far as Sindhi education is concerned.  More over Sindhi Khojana (Research) Kendra and library are established by Delhi Sindhi Academy in Sant Kanwarram mandir (Lajpatnagar).  Sindhi Navjivan Sabha also has network of so many social activities in this locality.  Delhi Sindhi  Academy is located in Kashmiri Gate area whose Vice President is Dr. Murlidhar Jetley and Dy. Secretary is Shri Bharat Jumani.  NCPSL (National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language) is located in R.K. Puram. Its Vice President is Shri Ramesh Varliani and Director is Shri Nirmal Goplani.  Both Delhi Academy and this Council have been contributing a lot for promotion of Sindhyat.

          Sindhis of this Metropolis are not lagging behind in celebrating periodical festivals - particularly “Chand” of every month and “Chetichand” etc., which are celebrated in Lal Sai Mandirs which are built normally in every locality where Sindhis are in large number. In addition many cultural programmes are arranged by ‘Sindhi Jagruti Sabha’ (I/C Manohar Balwani), Sindhu Sabha (I/C Jaikishin) and All India Sindhi Culture Forum (I/C Menghraj Gurnani - Poet, Writer & Dramatist).  Here, majority of Sindhis (nearly 75%) are engaged in business/professions and the remaining are in Govt. & Private jobs.  The Murtis of Jhulelal Sai are normally seen in their shops/offices.  Many asosciations have prepared Sindhi directories of their locality.  The work of preparing one Central Directory of all Sindhis of this great city is in progress.

          Many periodicals and magazines are published from  here.  Such as (1) “Samvad Sindhi” , bi-weekly (Hindi, Devanagiri & English), Editor - Shrikant Bhatia, (2) ‘Survir’ weekly (Siindhi), Editor - Mohanlal Vaswani, (3) ‘Sindhi gulshan’ Bi-weekly (Hindi & Devanagiri), Editor - Anjali Tulsiani (4) ‘Dil-E-Sindh’ Bi-weekly (Hindi, Devanagiri & English), Editor - Mahesh Chhabria, (5) ‘Sindhiyun-jo-Sansar”, Monthly, (Sindhi), Editor - Dr. Ghanshyam Hotumalani, etc.  Many Dharamshallas are built by Sindhi Organisations here for happy and unhappy occasions. There is arrangement for staying also in some of them.  Such as (1) Jhulelal Mandir & Sant Kanwar Ram Kutia (Malaviyanagar), (2) Sant Satramdas Dharamshalla (Nebsarai), (3) Fatihapuri Sindhi Dharamshalla (near Old Delhi Rly. Station), (4) Sindhu  Bhavan (old Rajinder nagar), (5) Jhulelal Mandir (Ashok Vihar), (6) Swami Teunram Prem Prakash Mandir (Malka Ganj), etc.


          This capital great city is political hub of India.  A number of attractive tourist places are worthseeing here - such as India Gate, Rashtrapti Bhavan, Parliament House, National & Railways, Museums, Rajghat, Birla Mandir, ISKCON Mandir, Swami Narayan Mandir, Akshar Dham, Lal Qila, Qutub Minar, Yamuna River etc., which can be conveniently visited through Govt. & Private conducted tours, private A/c & Non.A/C buses and by beautiful Metro network.  The fare for whole day A/c Bus is Rs.50/-. The monthly pass for Sr. Citizens is only Rs.50/- (Rs.150/- for monthly A/c. Bus).

Monday, 21 May 2012

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN CHANDIGARH

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN CHANDIGARH
(May 2012)
Published in (1) “Hindu” (Sindhi), July-11-2012, (2) “Hindvasi” (Sindhi) weekly, Sept-2-2012 (3) “Akhand Sindhu Sansar” (Dev), Aug-2012

          Chandigarh (May 21, 2012):

This beautiful and gigantic and planned city on Modern Lines is a  Union Territory with the same name. It is also capital of Punjab and Haryana states. The total strength is 12 lakhs including 40 Sindhi families  who stay here as well as in its suburbs (within 10 Kms.) of Mohali (Punjab Border) and Panchkula(Haryana Border). They normally (75%) speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home and the remaining  (particularly youngsters) Speak in Punjabi. This is the first city  amongst over 100 cities, which I have visited so far in India wherein most of Sindhis are engaged in service and not in business. They have  formed a “Sindhi Welfare Association” whose President is Shri. Awatram Kalra and Secretary is Shri. Rajkumar P. Asnani. They Celebrate annual Chetichand festival wherein they prostrate ‘Jhoolelal Sai’ and arrange ‘Priti Bhojan for all of them. Nearly 50% of them keep Murtis of Jhoolelal Sai in their offices/ homes. In the meeting  they were requested to keep such murtis in every Sindhis  home / office, to view Sindhi programmes on T.V./ Radio and to speak in Sindhi only  by all of them in order to keep our language , Sanskriti &Culture alive. They have prepared a Sindhi Directory of Chandigarh City & its suburbs . However they have not yet built any Sindhi Dharamshalla or temple so far though they are longing for the same.

          There are so many worth seeing tourist places here, such as ‘War Memorial’ wherein names of myrtors (along  with their  main details) are given, who died fighting during the China war of 1962 and all Pakistan wars. Ancient beautiful Pinjora Garden at a  distance of 25 Kms on Kalka Road  resembles Vrindavan Garden of Mysore to a certain extent. Rose Garden with musical fountain is another attraction. Last but not the least world acclaimed Rock Garden built by “Padam Shri” Shri Nekchand (a road inspector in the Engineering deptt. of  Chandigarh) cannot be missed by any visitor. He picked  up pieces of Industrial and Urban waste (such as broken bangles etc.) and established them with his creative genius resembling human, animal and abstract forms. Moreover Sukhna Lake , Leisure  Valley, Museums and art galleries are further attraction here.




            

Friday, 24 February 2012

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN GOA

TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN GOA

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Goa (2009) and subsequently Feb 24-26, 2012
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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tour report of Sindhis staying in 8 cities of Gujarat ( 08-11-2011 to 15-11-2011)

Tour report of  Sindhis staying in 8 cities of Gujarat
( 08-11-2011 to 15-11-2011)

Published in (1) “Akhand Sindhu Sansar” (Dev) (partly) (monthly), Jan and Feb 2012 (2) “Samvad Sindhi”, Aug 1-15, 2012 (3) “Hindu” (Sindhi) (daily) dt. Dec 9-10-11-21-27-28, 2011 and Jan 6, 2012


Recently I got the nice opportunity to meet important Sindhis living in 8 cities/towns of Gujarat. They were good enough to arrange long meetings of Sindhis at a short notice on my request, for promoting our ancient culture, language and Sanskriti as well as for getting legitimate political and other rights  from the Central Govt. & for boosting the morale of the Community. Moreover, Sindhi , National and Spiritual literature was distributed. There was  good  enthusiasm, a great  love and affection and a red carpet treatment was extended to me everywhere too much to be described here. It is rare in big cities like Mumbai. Moreover it surpasses the discomforts of travelling long sojourns in Rly. Sleeper class (even sometimes w/o reservation) & getting irregular outside  food. The readers can themselves verify by taking such sojourns.

One particular point which was noticed everywhere, was that the Murtis of Bhagwan Jhulelal are normally kept in all Sindhi’s shops / offices or homes for preserving Sindhi identity. However wherever these Murtis were in short quantity, they  promised to keep the same in their premises in near future. The other point worth noting  was that leaving apart  Sindhi Schools, even Sindhi subject is not being taught (except Vadodara and Nadiad) in these towns/ cities which is  disheartening. Of course they mainly speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home with some Gujarati words on their tongue. (particularly in small towns & business people) & thus they have contributed to a great extent in preserving our rich culture & language , which is a  heartening point. However they are forgetting Arabian Script day by day & only 10% know this script  at present. They have cordial relations with local people and command good respect  among them particularly when they are mainly in business and in some cities they have a grip on main trades of the  city and they are mostly well off. The names and mobile nos. of attendees in these meetings were noted in each city. The further report of each city in a nut shell is as under:

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GODHRA (Nov 8-9, 2011)
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The total strength  in this town is quarter to two lakhs including 15000 Sindhis. The town has 2  Sindhi Panchayats namely, “Uttar Sindhi Panchayat” (President Shri. Gordhandas K. Tulsiani) and “ Ladi Lohana Sindhi Panchayat” (President Shri. Kishorilal Bhayani). In addition there is one Central Panchayat namely “ Godhra Sindhi Samaj” whose  President is same Shri. Kishorilal Bhayani. These Panchayats do many social and cultural activities and celebrate annual festivals in co-operation with one an other.  They have one “Jhulelal Sindhi Dharamshalla” along with Temple near old bus stand. An other Dharamshalla with Jhulelal temple is situated at Civil Lines Panjrapol. In addition, they have two “Swami Shantiprakash Satsang Halls”, one of these is situated near  Yogeshwar Society at Bhuravav Road. They celebrate “Chetichand” with a big procession with “Jhankies” and joint “Priti Bhojan”. Moreover on other auspicious days like annual Guru Nanik Jayanti and monthly “Ganesh Choth” also they arrange such Joint Priti Bhojan.

          One important point which was noticed in this town is that they have strong bonds of Unity (particularly in Ladi Lohanas). They are prepared to sacrifice their life for one another, so much so that other communities do not dare to challenge them ( particularly after 2002 Godhra train riots). Shri. Haresh Dubey of Sindhi Council of India rightly puts it in his  book (Political rights  of Sindhis) “who says there is  no unity among Sindhis?” Our community should adopt this  virtue  of  these people. However it was seen that Ladi Lohanas  do not  have matrimonial connection with other sindhis  for which they  were  requested to mix up with all Sindhis  in matrimonial matters also. They were also advised to issue their panchayat circulars in Devanagiri Sindhi instead of Gujarati language in order to preserve our ancient and precious Sindhi language. 40 members were present in  the meeting at Swami Shantiprakash Hall at night on 08-11-2011 and 16 youngsters were present on the next  day in early morning  meeting on 09-11-2011 at the residence of President Shri. Gordhandas K. Tulsiani.

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VADODARA (Nov 9, 2011)
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This beautiful City is  called “Garden city  of Gujarat”. Its  population is 16 lakhs which includes nearly quarter to two lakh Sindhis. Hardly  20% of them Know Arabian Script. Nearly 60% of them speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home. The remaining  persons speak in Gujarati. Most of them stay in Sant Kanwar nagar. Here various Sindhi associations are doing various social and cultural activities in their own field such as 1) Sindh Sahit Sabha (Regd) (President Haresh Jethmalani)  2) Jai Jhulelal Sindhi Seva  Trust ( President Asumal Pahilwani)  3) Shri. Jhulelal Sahib Mandal ( President Gopaldas  Sohanda)  4) Baroda  Sindhi Central Panchayat (President- Hiro Lalwani )  5) All Gujarat Sindhi Association (President – Udharam Golani) , 6) Alkapuri Sindhi Association (President – Hargobind Lulla), 7) Baroda  North Sindhi Association (President Rup Hingorani ) , 8) Sant Kanwarram  Seva Mandal ( Secretary – Hargundas P. Tejwani) etc.

          There are many Sindhi Dharamshallas with temples particularly in Sant Kanwar Nagar. Such as Sant Satramdas, Sant Saroopdas , Sai Leela Shah Dharamshalla with temple Mira Krishin Mandir, Sai Dharam Darbar. In addition there is  famous Swami Teoonram Premprakash Ashram in the charge of Sant Shri. Ashok Prakash. Many melas of Sindhi saints are celebrated here. This Ashram has good  facility  of  logging and boarding for visiting Sindhi families. In addition, the city has  Karamchandani and Hingorani Sindhi Dharamshallas, Alkapuri Sindhi Hall in Alkapuri built by Alkapuri Sindhi Association , Sindhi Geeta Gyan Bhavan in India Bazar, Sukhi Kutir at R.V. Desai Road etc. Moreover there is one “Hari Shewa Girls  Vidyalaya (School) for Sindhi boys and girls in Sant Kanwar Nagar, with Sindhi medium of Instruction only from VIII to XII standard, (which indicates that Sindhi medium arrangement will end after  4 years !)

          They celebrate many annual festivals particularly Chetichand and Chaliha Sahib by taking joint food together. They view weekly Sindhi T.V. programmes on D.D. Girnar etc and are very  eagerly awaiting  the inauguration of 24 hours Sindhi T.V. channel. They have published a directory of Sindhi’s of  Vadodara. The City has many worth seeing tourist spots such as Sayaji Garden, Museum, Zoo, Laxmi Vilas  palace etc. and hence this city is rightly called as “Kala nagiri”. Here 22 members were present in the evening meeting , at the residence of Shri. Haresh Jethmalani on 09-11-2011 some of them namely S/Shri Udharam Golani, Purshottam Hemnani, Haresh Jethmalani , Murlidhar Bhojwani, Mohan Rohira, Smt. Bharati Kevalramani (Retrd. Principal) etc. gave their useful views in the interest of the Community.

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ANAND (Nov 10, 2011)
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The total capacity of this town is 3 lakhs which includes  600 Sindhis families ( 3500 persons) 75%  of them speak in Sindhi among themselves &  balance speak in Gujarti. Nearly 10 % of them (elders) know Sindhi Arabian Script. They have one Puj Anand Sindhi Panchayat whose president is Shri. Ashokkumar Ailani , Vice President Shri. Mahesh V. Paryani & Secretary is Shri. Lachhmandas Ukani. They do many Social activities together. They have 2 Sindhi Dharamshallas, namely Guru Nanik Sindhi Dharamshalla along with temple at Sant Kanwar Colony, Guru Nanik Society, behind C.P College, and Sindhu Bhavan, near Sukhod Talao, Jawahar colony. Both places are near to each other. Most of the Sindhis stay in these areas (including Jhulelal Society). Some of them stay in another Jawahar Colony near Tulsi cinema. They celebrate annual functions on a large scale. On Chetichand they take out big procession with Jhankis of Gods  in the town during day time and arrange joint  food in the evening  wherein prizes are given to merit candidates. They also arrange “Langar” (Bhandara) on Guru Nanik Jayanti during day time and arrange cultural programme during night time. I also got opportunity to attend this programme on this auspicious day ( 10-11-2011), at Guru Nanik Society. At least 1000 persons attended this programme each time i.e. during day and night and hence no separate official meeting  could take place with 23 official bearers and other members  of Sindhi Panchayat for want of time, but information was  exchanged and get together was made with them during course of these  programmes. There are many worth seeing temples in this town such as those of Swami Narayan, Sai Baba, Hanuman, Panchmurti, Gayatri & Sant Jalaram etc. temples. the Anand Amul Diary is also very famous throughout India.

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NADIAD (Nov 11, 2011)
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This town accommodates 2 lakh persons, wherein 1200 Sindhi families ( nearly 7000 persons) also stay. They  have powerful & reputed  “Nadiad Shahar Sindhi Samaj” whose president is Shri. Kumar Menghraj Tahiliani. He is  also Managing  Director of  a big co. named Asian Food Industries. Shri. Pessumal Keswani is Vice President and Shri. Murlidhar Artwani is their Secretary. They are doing many social and cultural activities. They have  3 Sindhi Dharamshallas along with temples namely Jhulelal Mandir, Sant Kanwar Ram Satsang Hall and Jhulelal Society & Mandir. All these have a good arrangement for  marriage purposes. 90% of them speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home. Nearly 10% of them know Sindhi Script Shri. Premchand  Lakhiani is Editor  of  “Sindhi Bhasha Weekly” in Sindhi (Arabian) script. There is  one Sindhi School here wherein  one Sindhi Subject is taught from  VIII to X Standard (which means this  subject will continue for 3 years only !).  They take out a big procession on the auspicious occasion of Chetichand ending in Bhandara (Jt. Food) They also celebrate Moon and Umasa every month. They arrange cultural programme on Sant Kanwar Ram’s Varsi & Guru Nanik Jayanti. Santram temple of this town is  very famous  in whole of Gujarat, wherein medical help is also given to needy persons. Mai Mata’s Temple is an other attraction. They arranged a meeting  on my request at Jhulelal Mandir ( 11-11-11) which broke all previous records in total attendance length of time  and No. of speakers. More than 150 persons attended which included not only  residents of this town but also neighbouring  areas of entire Kheda distt. Such as Mohamedabad ( 9 persons under Leadership of Babulal and Bhagwandas), Kapronj (Shri. Chetandas Mukhi), Kathlal ( Mukhi Kishinchand), Dacor (Mukhi Pitamberdas), Mahod, Umrath, Thasra etc. The entire Hall at 1st floor was full to capacity. A good no. of persons gave their inspiring views about betterment of Sindhi Community, which included Shri. Kumar Tahiliani, Dharamdas Tahiliani, Tarachand Motiani, Premchand Lakhiani, Kishorbhai , Mohan Rohira etc. The Sindhis of this town are united and help one an other Shri. Kumarbhai Tahiliani was elected as President of Sindhis of entire Kheda distt. in this meeting. Shri. Murlidhar Artwani–Secretary, had arranged everything nicely for this unforgettable meeting which ended with light repushments

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BHARUCH (Nov 12, 2011)
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In this town of  2 ½ lakh strength, nearly 2000 Sindhis (250 families) stay here. 60% of them speak in Sindhi in their community and the remaining speak in Gujarati language. Nearly 10% of them can read and write Sindhi Script. They had one Sindhi School till the year 2007 but now Sindhi language is taught during night hours twice a week with the efforts of NCPSL. They have 2 Panchayats namely, 1) Chhaproo Sindhi Panchayat (President Murlidhar M. Haryani, Secretary- Narain Bhojwani), 2) Industrial Sindhi Panchayat (Co-ordinators- Ramesh U. Thanwani &Naresh N. Thanwani ) Both Panchayats are doing Social activities in Co-ordination with each other. They arrange Priti Bhojan on annual festivals of  Chetichand, Chaliha Sahib, Guru Punam and on monthly Moon day. 60 members of these Panchayats meet together in every quarter of the year. They do not have any Sindhi Dharamshalla but they are very  anxious to get the same. They have 2 Jhulelal Temples- One at Nav Chowki in Obra Chakala Bazar and the other on the Bank of Pious Narbada river were in Chetichand day is celebrated on a larger scale with a  big procession which is also attended by many Sindhis of Mumbai , Ahmedabad etc. They have invited a Sindhi Brahman from outside of town and have arranged for his residential accommodation also for preserving Sindhi Sanskriti. They are United (particularly Chhaproos). They have do not have any matrimonial connection with other Sindhis. They were pressed to have such connection with all Sindhis particularly when most of them are born in India. 18 members were present in the meeting here at Sindhunagar Hall, Sindhunagar Society on 12-11-2011 which included 2 members i.e. Shri. Murlidhar Bhojwani and Shri. Hargundas Tejwani from Vadodra who inspired all members in the meeting by giving their useful views regarding betterment of Sindhi Community. Shri. Ramesh Thanwani suggested that Sindhis should get benefits of agriculture land from Govt. of India as many Sindhis  were Land lords and farmers in Sindh before  partition. Shri. Jawahar Varliani , Mohan Rohira and others also gave their views. Here Kabirwad, Chader Sahib Gurudwara, Jhulelal Temple, Swami Narayan temple, Nilkanth temple and Nareshwar Temple etc. (all on Narbada River) are worth seeing places.

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SURAT (Nov 13, 2011)
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The population of this  beautiful and large city is 45 lakhs which includes 1 lakh population of Sindhis Hardly 10% of them know Sindhi Script. Inspite of so many Sindhis, Unfortunately they do not have  any arrangement for teaching Sindhi (any Script) as one of the subjects- leave alone Sindhi school ! of course NCPSL has  arranged Sindhi classes in Ramnagar area, where many Sindhis are staying. There are various Sindhi Panchayats , Mandals, Ashrams and associations etc. here. The main Panchayat is “Puj Surat Sindhi Panchayat” whose President is Shri. Deepchand V. Goplani & Secretary is Shri. Pratapsingh Kamlani. They have total 39 working committee members (including office  bearers) who are divided in 7 wards of different  areas of the city. They have a strong constitution and 6 committees and they are doing wonderful social activities such as rewarding merit students in Quiz competition, rewarding and paying fees for merit and needy students upto 5 lakh rupees every year arranging annual functions in co-ordination with other organizations etc. They have also prepared a nice telephone directory of  all the Sindhi families of Surat. Their office is  Situated at Sindhu Bhavan, Timliyavad, Nanpura, Surat. The other Sindhi Associations include Ladi Lohana Sindhi Panchayat , Surat Sindhi Punjabi Central Panchayat, Sindhi cloth Merchants Association Sindhu Seva Samiti, Ladi Lohana Yuvak Mandal, Lila Shah Seva Samiti and Mandal , Lok seva Mandal, Sant Kanwar Ram Seva Mandal etc. Moreover there are many  such Sindhi organizations, Temples, Dharamshallas etc. such as Swami Teoouram Asharam ,Daya Sagar Seva Mandal, Nij Dham Ahsram , Shri. Lal Sai Sindhi Seva Trust, Shri. Shiv Shankar  Seva Mandal, Sindhu Samaj Bhavan, Swami Lila Shah Bhavan etc. All these associations and Ashrams have their own good office bearers and workers and they are doing many praise worthy social , cultural and religious activities in their different fields. Some years back a new Prem Prakash Ashram is nicely built by Swami Brahmanand Shastri in City light area. Nearly 8000 Sindhis take Priti Bhojan (joint food) here on Chetichand day after having a big procession in the city. Like vise a big procession is also taken out from here in the month of Kartik and also on the occasion of Swami Teoouram Jayanti. The City has many  tourist attractions such as Sai Centre, Ocean Beach, Tapti river, Spiritual Ashram of Sant  Ahsram Bappu in Jahangirpura etc. Total 28 persons were present in the meeting at Sindhu Bhavan which was arranged by Puj Surat Sindhi Panchayat on 13-11-2011.

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NAVSARI (Nov 14, 2011)
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This town has 3 Lakh  people and 6000 Sindhis. They normally residing at Guru Nanak Nagar, Pritam Nagar, Sant Kanwar  Ram Sindhi Society and Shahar Area. They have 3 Sindhi Panchayats namely 1) Guru Nanak Sindhi Panchayat (President – Managhandas M. Kanjani, Vice Present – Premchand Lalwani, Secretary – Rameshbhai Hirani), 2) Sindhi Panchayat, Sant Kanwar Ram Sindhi society (Present – Ashokkumar K. Balwani , Secretary – Santoshkumar Lotani) This Panchayat has 22 families. 3) Sindhi Panchayat , Shahar (President- Dasbhai Budhrani, Secretary – Vijay Chotani Advocate). This Panchayat has 30 families. All these  3 Panchayats do many social & cultural activities in their own field and also celebrate annual Melas and other functions in co-ordination with each other. They were advised  to start a Central Sindhi Panchayat also. They celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti & Sant Vasan Shah Varsi by arranging  Priti Bhojan. They also celebrate Chetichand day and Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti by Priti Bhojan and procession in the Town. This town is famous  for temples. Such has Guru Nanak Hall and Mandir (in Sindhi Colony) , Sant Kanwar Ram Hall and Mandir, Lal Sai Mandir, Mataji’s Mandir, Gayatri Mandir, 2 Swami Narayan Mandirs , 3 Gurudwaras, Pribhdas Ashram etc. The Historical “Dandi is hardly at a distance of 16 Kms from here from where Mt. Gandhi had started Dandi March (Salt Satyagraha) in pre – partition days. The meeting was  held at the residence of President Shri. Manghandas M. Kanjani on 14-11-2011 where in 19 members of abovementioned 3 Panchayats were present.

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VALSAD (Nov 15, 2011)
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This town of  2 lakhs population has only 140 Sindhi  families. They have one recently started “Puj Sindhi Panachayat  Valsad” whose President is Shri. Kishore D. Mulchandani & Secreatry is Shri. Pradip V. Vazirani. They do not possess any Sindhi Dharamshalla but only one Jhulelal Temple at Kailash Road, wherein they arranged for meeting on 15-11-2011 on my  request , wherein 17 persons were present. They are very  anxious to do something good  for their  brethren. Shri. Hindwani suggested  in the meeting  that whatever social work is aimed at  & decided by the community , the same should be followed up vigorously till the same is completed. They arrange Priti Bhojan on annual functions such as Chetichand, Guru Nanak  Jayanti and Akhand Tij. They normally speak in Sindhi among themselves and at home. Hardly  few of them know Sindhi Script. They are shortly going to start Sindhi directory of the town as well as other social and cultural activities. The Sea beach from here is at the distance  of 4 Kms only wherein Swami Narayan Temple, Sai Baba Temple and Shantiniketan “Tithal” are attractive places.

    Thus, I have given report of my sojourns to over 100 towns / cities in these columns which are enumerated in my book “Fragrance of Sindhi Community”. I strongly aspire at my heart that our community  should be united and we should form a Co-ordinating body  of all Sindhi Associations  in India by making minimum Common programme on the lines of  NDA/ UPA and persuade  Govt of India to get our legitimate political and other rights  and ultimately  to get  a Sindh Pradesh in India , with or without land , for preserving our language, Culture and Sanskriti, as we are the maximum sufferers due to partition of  India wherein , unlike  Punjabies and Bengalis , we  did not  get any Land. As we Sindhis have successfully passed the examination of standing on our own legs economically and contributed tremendously  in all directions for the good of the country by our self efforts, I am sure that we  shall also successfully pass another examination of achieving our legitimate  rights with the Grace of God and through our preservance  and patience. In furtherance of these objects , I have prepared above mentioned book and again contacted  these 95 cities  and collected relevant names and addresses with Telephone Nos. of  Important Sindhis and office bearers of Sindhi Associationes ( as  corrected upto 01-10-2011) and put the same  on my website www.fragrancesindhicommunity.blogspot.in. Moreover above 8 cities of Gujarat are also added to this  website, in order to ensure that all important Sindhis in all these cities / towns can be  connected with one and  other through the internet. The readers can visit the website and give their  valuable views.

   I am thankful to the Editors for putting my reports and articles in their periodicals in the interest of the Community.




Mohan G. Rohira 
Advocate
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