SUMMIT CONFERENCE HELD AT “SINDHU BHAVAN”AHMEDABAD - MARCH 9-10 2010 - LEFT TO RIGHT: PROF. KANHAIYALAL LEKHWANI PUNE, PROF. MURLIDHAR JETLEY DELHI, PROF. BALDEV MATLANI MUMBAI, DR. DEVENDRA KODWANI UK, MR PREM LALVANI, CHAIRMAN ASAA USA, DR. DAYAL T. MESHRI, PRESIDENT ASAA USA, COL. (RET’D) RAM GULRAJANI, CHENNAI, DR. SATISH ROHRA, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SINDHOLOGY ADIPUR KUTCH, MR. ARJAN T. DASWANI SINGAPORE (PROJECT COORDINATOR) AND MR LAKHMI KHILANI, DIRECTOR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SINDHOLOGY ADIPUR KUTCH. MR. GOV1ND L. CHANDIRAMANI OF MUMBAI, THE ORIGINATOR OF THE BASE ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT, WAS ABSENT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH BUT APPEARS ELSEWHERE AT THIS WEBSITE.
4 May 2012
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Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates
international Sindhi conference
AT AHMEDABAD ON 16 DEC 2011 -
Hear his speech which is very interesting
for SINDHIS - Click at: http://www.narendramodi.in/news/news_detail/1826
Following the 1947 partition of India, large number of Hindu population migrated from Sindh to places of safety and survival. Stateless and landless, the Hindu Sindhis are today living in almost all states of India and other countries of the world - scattered as individuals, couples, small families or small regional communities. Wherever they went, they mingled with the local population and learnt their traditions and language. They have more than survived, but at the heavy price of losing on their own traditions, relationship values, awareness of their cultural identity and most importantly, their language, which has remained as the only force that would connect and bind dispersed Global Sindhi Community together into one.
Sindhi language is getting replaced by local languages and is at the danger of becoming extinct unless forceful preventive measures are taken immediately. In India, number of Sindhi teaching schools has shrunk from a little less than 1000 in 1950s to the present mere about 30 all over country; almost all of them teach in Devanagari script, heas, in Sindh Pakistan, they teach in Arabic Sindhi script. Here are no facilities to teach Sindhi language to the globally scattered Sindhi Community; but almost all of them know and write Roman script which is also freely available on computers all over the world. Please read below what Revered Dada J P Vaswani of Holy Mission of Sadhu Vaswani, Pune, wrote: “I have often said: use any script that you like but please keep the language alive. We must not lose our beloved Sindhi language. We are a scattered community. If there is one thing that will keep us united and that will help us retain our identity, it is the language. The Sindhi language is the life-breath of the Sindhi community. If the life-breath departs, how long will the community last?
Let the Sindhi children learn as many languages as they will: but let them not neglect the Sindhi language. In our homes, we should converse with each other in the Sindhi language.
The Sindhi language has been the inspiration, the soul of Sindhi life & culture. And in the words of Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani: “To be cut off from your language and literature, O Sindhi people, will be uprooted from life itself!”
Rightfully enough, four dedicated, hard working lovers of Sindhi language teamed up, worked for a number of years together and made special Roman Sindhi script that fits all unique Sindhi pronunciations of 52 alphabets as against original Roman script alphabets of only 26, and the version was Standardized after comparing with versions of some other developers of Roman Sindhi script, in consultation with some renowned Sindhi professors and linguists of India and the Standardized version was further given a final round of discussions at a specially organized Summit conference of some renowned Sindhi professors, scholars and linguists of India, at “SINDHU BHAVAN”, Ahmadabad on 9 and 10 March 2010 at which, after a full day long of discussions and Deliberations, with some minor made for the better, Final Standardized Roman Sindhi script was finally approved, adopted and recommended for Global Sindhi use unanimously, by all present. That became the historic event for Sindhi language post partition of India. That is the version of the Standardized Roman Sindhi Script used on the Sindhi tutorials, supported by audios with Sindhi pronunciations, uploaded on this ONLINE “free for all any time, anywhere on planet Earth, through the use of Internet facilities.
Please make full use of the Kindergarten, Primary I and II audio supported Tutorials and a 10000 worded English-Sindhi-English audio supported dictionary uploaded hereon, learn and teach Sindhi and spread a word around the Global Sindhi population.
It is necessary here to state that in achieving this project, besides several Sindhi professors and linguists of India, Alliance of Global Sindhi Associations Inc. (formerly ASAA) and Indian Institute of Sindhology, Adipur, Kutchh, Gujarat, have rendered tremendous help, without which the project would not have become as successful as it is today and for which not only Romanized Sindhi Team of volunteers but also the entire Global Sindhi Community shall ever remain grateful to them.
Please click here to hear what Revered Dada JPV says on Sindhi language and here for identical Youtube Video clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujCJ99A4zsU
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