Various activities by Sindhi Community
Sindhis have made considerable & outstanding contributions in the field of education & health. There are nearly 20 prominent colleges in the metropolis of Mumbai alone run by the Sindhi community where more than 80% beneficiaries are non-Sindhis.
And they are institutions of repute like Jai Hind College & KC College. The Vivekananda Education Society of Bombay & the Mira Education Society of Pune is also doing commendable services in the field of education.
In Baroda, Shri Ladhram Sind Hindu Higher Secondary School, Hari Shewa Girls’ Higher Secondary Vidyalaya & Ishwaribai Buxani English Academy has produced many successful businessmen around the world. These have all been built with the help of Sindhis. It reminds me of one of the great women of our times Eleanor Roosevelt, when she said:
“When you cease to make a contributionyou begin to die”
In the health sector the names of Jaslok Hospital & Hinduja Hospital are synonymous with modernity, care, quality & efficiency. Inlakhs Hospital in Pune, run by Sadhu Vaswani Mission is another prominent contribution by Sindhis.
Sindhis are continuing their tradition. The fact that the primary non-public bank within the post- nationalization era in Asian country was established by Sindhis may be a fitting tribute to their banking and monetary management skills. The history of the Indusland Bank will have special place in the banking history of the country. The name is a combination of the Indus Valley Civilization and India. It was in 67 days that S.P. Hinduja made the dream of a 100- crore bank come true by roping in leading names from all around the world. The capital was raised without spending any of the customary expenses. This is not a small achievement for a refugee community. I will safely say that the percentage of millionaires, in U.S. dollar terms, among Sindhis vis-a-vis their population is larger than that of the other community within the world- Americans included.
Ownership Flat System
Sindhis also introduced many innovations in the field they concentrated on. The ownership flat system is a Sindhi innovation in Bombay.
Advanis, Rahejas, Hiranandanis, Daryananis, Motwanis & many more, pioneered the field with hundreds of thousands of flats to their credit in Bombay alone. Atur Sangtani, Gheras & Bhai Pratap under the banner of Sindhu Resettlement Corporation are names created legends in Pune, Adipur & Gandhidham.
Qualities of Sindhis :-
The dry and arid beauty of Sindh (now in Pakistan) was the cradle of the Indus Valley Civilization dating back before the Aryan settlement. People of the Indus valley Civilization were advanced in language, design, weaving, pottery, metal work, art and culture. The Sindhis traded extensively with the other five ancient civilizations of Middle East, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and China. Traditionally, our ancestors have always been travelers even before the 1947 partition of India, but they returned home to their roots and ancestral homes in Sindh. This vibrant community of hardy people has the bloodlines of all five ancient civilizations running through the DNA of their culture. This is reflected in their staunch belief in the universality of religion, their empathy with Sufism and Saints, Guru Nanak, Peer Babas and Jhulelal, the greatest messenger of peace and love. Sindh has always been a nation that worked hard, enjoyed success and gave back to the community.
Sindhi community‟s success in business has a secret. Business is in their blood. They grow up listening to the language of business. The very name Sindhi conjures up images of an industrious tradesman in the minds of a non-Sindhi. In fact, the word Sindhi has become a generic alternative for business or trade.
From childhood the Sindhi businessmen (Bhaiband) is exposed to his father‟s business activity. Conditioned to think & react in a particular way, his socialization ensures that by the time he is a teenager he will acquire the aspirations & values that would perpetuate the family & community tradition of trade & mercantile activity. He grows up, however, with his own special concept of personhood. Thus in this chapter, I demarcate the Sindhi‟s conception of what it means to be a businessman.
If you ask me what is the single most outstanding quality of the Sindhi community as a whole, without any hesitation I would say: “Positive Outlook” If you go back to history you will realize that the community overcame challenges at various points in its history due to its positive outlook. As Oprah Winfrey, the celebrity television host said:
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always”