SINDHI Community in India – Part 2

Various activities by Sindhi Community

Education :-

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”

Health Sector

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.

Banking Sector

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”

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SINDHI Community in India

Historical Overview

Indus valley civilization and Sind in particular was the cradle of world civilizations. The name Sind is derived from river Sindhu which is called Indus. Our ancient civilization began here. It is a confirmed fact that Navigation started on the Indus River around 6000 years ago. We must feel proud of the fact that we originate from such an ancient and cultured country with a recognized civilization of 5000 years.154 Sindh is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and historically is home to the Sindhi people. It is also locally known as the “Mehran”. Sindhi Muslims are the largest population in the province, but other cultural, religious and ethnic groups also reside in Sindh. The neighboring regions of Sindh are Balochistan to the west and north, Punjab to the north, Gujarat and Rajasthan to the southeast and east, and the Arabian Sea to the south. The main language spoken is Sindhi. The name is derived from the Indus River that courses through it, and was known to the Assyrians as Sinda, to the Greeks as Indos, to the Romans as Indus, to the Persians as Abisind, to the Arabs as Al-Sind, and to the Chinese as Sintow. To the Japanese the Sindhis have long been known as the Santri.

Before the partition of India Sindhis lived in Sindh, which is located on the Eastern border of Pakistan. They were divided into sub castes on the basis of their roots in Pakistan. They lived on the banks of the river Sindhu, which is also known as the Indus River.

“The partition of India was not only unfortunate for the Sindhi Community, but it was virtually a great tragedy for the Sindhi Community, which had to flee their beloved ancestral land SINDH. In this tragic process, the highly civilized and advanced community got uprooted from its soil and in the absence of a well rehabilitation scheme, the Sindhi community was scattered throughout the length and breadth of this vast country.”

The Sindhis, have a rich contribution to make to the thought and life of India and Humanity. We are children of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world – the Indus Valley Civilization.

Sindhis- God’s Gift to Global Economy- a reflection

Strong and hardworking, entrepreneurs and professional, Sindhis are regarded as citizens of the world. They have raised, Phoenix like, from the ashes after being ethnically cleansed from their homeland of Sindhi, to achieving pinnacles in industry at an international level. Always great networkers, Sindhis have navigated their existence with amiable cross cultural interface, and where ever they settled; they have engaged and contributed in a meaningful manner to their new homes.

“Success is not built on success, it is built on failure, it is built on frustration,
sometimes it is built on catastrophe”

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Worldwide Sindhi

We, the Sindhi Community are citizens of the world. We pride ourselves about our historic cultural past dating back to Indus Valley Civilisation which took roots on the banks of Indus River 4600 years ago.

We are proud of our intelligence, competitive nature, social and political awareness, education excellence, business management skills, community service, knowledge of global trade and financial markets, ability to use technology to our advancement, and our global networking through internet and social media.

We believe in the principle of unity in diversity and peaceful coexistence for everybody in the world. We lead a peaceful life influenced by our spiritual doctrines and the moral code and devotional poetry of the saintly souls of our land. Our cultural outlook is formed by socio-economic and political conditions of our host society and the events of global business, scientific, environment, economics and technological developments.

Our Sindhi culture is enriched and refined by interacting with new cultures of the world. Our Sindhi language is the purest daughter of Sanskrit from grammatical construction point of view. It is a very sweet and melodious language as its every word ends in a vowel creating a musical sound.

Our Sindhi music has its own distinct SARGAM. This soft music played by master musicians on Sindhi musical instruments fills the hearts and souls of listeners with joy and ecstasy, and create resonance with cosmic music of universe.

The 21st Century global Sindhi community is defining its universal cultural identity based on the elements of its rich cultural past, influence of collective human advancement in all spheres of life, and sharing their unique life experience with others across the globe through social media outlets.

We are law abiding citizens of the world whose, business, economic and social and community contributions have been widely acknowledged by all nations of the world.

As distinct global community that has shared its highly developed civilisation with all nations of the world over last 4600 years, we pledge to continue our contributions towards global peace and prosperity in all nations of the world.