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The Pioneering Story

THE ROMANIZED SINDHI STORY

PIONEERING OF Standardized Roman Sindhi Script
for Global Use - Version LA-2009 - Updated at Summit
Conference in Ahmedabad - on 29-30 March 2010
By: Arjan T Daswani, Singapore
ASAA Board’s Project Coordinator (Romanized Sindhi)
Tel SINGAPORE (65) 6854 0798
Emails: kamalcorp@gmail.com
 
JAI JHULELAL!

Respected Sindhi brothers and sisters,

Some friends and well wishers asked me to elaborate on the story of this project. I do so hereunder to the best of my ability:

Origin of the Script:
My senior Mr. G L Chandiramani of www.chandiramani.com Mumbai writes as under:

QUOTE:
"Actually my first article on Romanized Sindhi was published in Hindvasi in August 1997. Vikram Shahani helped me with the chart in Arabic and Devnagiri scrip. It was full of mistakes. I realized that the future lay in evolving something out of existing computer keyboards. I got an excellent comment from a reader. He wrote “2 cats are already fighting over a piece of sweet; where has this crow come from?” Until today I give credit to the commenter. In 2OO6, Poonam Malani Mumbai helped me to make an alphabetical chart with hand written Devnagiri and Arabic script. I have still preserved it. Then I proceeded with the translations. It was my point of view, that children and elders both should find something interesting So there was folklore for children and short stories and jokes for the grown ups. Before Singapore International Sindhi Sammelan 2007, Arjan Daswani of Singapore took the mantle of introducing this work at the Sammelan which he did, though no immediate results were visible, a seed was planted."
– G. L. Chandiramani Mumbai.

UNQUOTE:

My story:
In the year 2006, when at the introduction of my friend Mr. Mohan Dadlani of California, I was approached by late Mr. Kishore Lala, Vice President of Alliance of Sindhi Associations of Americas Inc. and as per his desire, I had undertaken to be a voluntary Coordinator on International Sindhi Sammelan Singapore July 2007; I was also approached by Mr. G L Chandiramani to introduce his version of Romanized Sindhi Script at the Sammelan. I had no idea at all of what the implications were of the script and because I was too busy on the Sammelan on which I worked not less than 18 hours a day for nearly 500 continuous days (which includes 4 weeks medical leave for my major Cervical Spondylosis surgery) I definitely had no time to study the script. I consulted with late Mr. Kishore Lala, who strongly recommended me to take on this job. He told me further that he has full support on this from the ASAA Chairman, Mr. Prem Lalvani. I approached Mr. Chatru Vaswani, a Senior Committee Member of Singapore Sindhi Association (the Association who hosted the Sammelan at my request on behalf of ASAA). Mr. Vaswani writes reads and speaks Sindhi very well and he was kind to have spent his personal money on making some 300 17-paged catalogues on Mr. G L Chandiramani’s script and distributed them free to the Sammelan attendees with his commentary. There were no immediate results visible but Mr. Vaswani and some other delegates strongly advised that we should concurrently provide audio/video clips so as the learners do not mispronounce some peculiar Sindhi words or alphabets. I reported accordingly to Mr. Chandiramani.

In the year 2008 I was approached again by Mr. Chandiramani, requesting me to submit the Script again, this time at Los Angeles Sammelan 2009. At that time, I found it necessary for me to study his and others’ scripts. I realized that Arabic Sindhi has 52 alphabets whereas Romanized system has only 26 and that some Sindhi alphabets are almost similar in sound values and therefore, some of them were dropped. Actual Sindhi alphabets which had no equivalents in Romanized were only 15. It was easy to make these 15 new alphabets in Romanized by combination of existing alphabets added with a suffix of one of the symbols that are readily available on all common computers all over the world. That is what was done by Mr. G L Chandiramani and many other “developers” of Romanized Sindhi Script. But they all had adopted the symbols, though available on all common computer keyboards and easily written in text but my experiment showed that symbols adopted were not suitable in the sense they could not be accepted by the computer system for saving on indexed file names when audios were created on them. That became a challenge for me. After considerable experiments, I finally found the solution to making these indexes once again with different symbols available from the same keyboards and that were adaptable to the standard computers’ file saving system.

Later in the same year I met two new friends over the internet, namely Col (Retd) Ram Gulrajani of Chennai and Dr. Devendra Kodwani who were kind to advise me on the Romanized Script whenever I approached them. I approached many developers of Romanized Sindhi to join hands in efforts  to develop a single Standardized Roman Sindhi script which is freely adaptable to saving system of indexed names of Audio/Video files and the clips so as SINDHIS use one Standardized script. After some discussions back and forth with these developers and the cooperation of key people, we were able to come together and resolved that we should adopt a single format for Global use without having to make or rely on any special software, because only that would ensure that all SINDHI users of standard computers all over the world would have access to the single format, partonize and promote it among the Global Sindhi Community.

I was then introduced to Professor Baldev B Matlani (Head of Sindhi Dept. University of Mumbai) by a Mutual friend namely Mr. Shyam Gianchandani of New Jersey USA. As time approached nearer to LA Sammelan July 2009, based on the scripts of Mr. G L Chandiramani (www.chandiramani.com Mumbai) and Dr Satish Rohra (of www.sindhology.org Adipur) and some others’ script that I studied floating over internets, with some changes made to suit the adaptability to the Computers’ file saving system, I, in consultation with my colleagues namely Mr. G L Chandiramani, Dr Devendra Kodwani and Col Ram Gulrajani) made a version on which again I consulted with Prof Baldev Matlani. After exchange of few opinions that I got from Prof Matlani and Dr Satish Rohra, I finalized on standardized version which I put before a large gathering of delegates from all over the world attending Los Angeles International Sindhi Sammelan July 2009 with the help of my friend Mr. Mohan Dadlani (who was on the Committee of LA Sammelan 2009 and was appointed as Chairman of Romanized Sindhi Ad Hoc Committee), Sammelan Chairperson Mrs. Kamal Lala (wife of late Mr. Kishore Lala) and ASAA President Dr. Dayal T. Meshri, Both young and senior attendees gave valuable comments and finally the Script was overwhelmingly accepted, approved and adopted, named as “STANDARDIZED ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT LA2009”.

Later Professor Baldev Matlani advised me to have the Script version vetted by other Top Level Sindhi Professors of whom he gave me names and contacts. Although the list included Professors from Sindh, it was suggested that we proceed with SINDHI Professors and Scholars in India for the moment; because of Visa and other formalities, Professors from Sindh would be approached at a later date in a more formal manner broadening the acceptance of the Standardized version.

Followed by that, I am pleased to state that, to tackle the standardization of Romanized Sindhi script, sponsored by the Alliance of Sindhi Associations of Americas Inc USA and hosted on behalf by The Indian Institute of Sindhology, Adipur, Kutch, a Summit Conference was organized at Sindhu Bhavan in Ahmedabad on 29th and 30th March 2010. The conference was declared open at 9.30 AM sharp on the 29th March 2010.

Besides the valued observers, all the official invitees named below were present:
Dr Dayal Meshri Alliance President, USA – (He chaired this meeting)
Mr. Prem Lalvani Alliance Chairman, USA
Prof Baldev Matlani, PhD, Heed of Sindhi Dept University of Mumbai
Prof. Murlidhar Jetley, PhD, retired Sindhi professor from University of Delhi,
Prof. K.B. Lekhwani, PhD, Western Regional Languages Centre, Pune,
Dr. Satish Rohra PhD, from Indian Institute of Sindhology, Adipur (Kutch)
Mr. Lakhmi Khilani. Indian Institute of Sindhology Adipur Kutch
Mr. G L Chandiramani, Mumbai (Founder/Adviser on Romanized Sindhi Committee).
Col. Ram Gulrajani (Retd) Chennai (Adviser on Romanized Sindhi Committee)
Dr. Devendra Kodwani, PhD, UK (Jt. Coordinator Ronanized Sindhi Committee)
Mr. Arjan Daswani, Singapore (Alliance Board’s Coordinator on Romanized Sindhi Committee)

I am further pleased to state that after the day long deliberations and slight changes for the better, STANDARDIZED ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT LA2009 was approved, adopted and recommended for Global Sindhi use by all official attendees including all Professors present unanimously. The Script is now adopted and known as “STANDARDIZED ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT LA2009 AS UPDATED AT AHMEDABAD 29 MARCH 2010”; an illustrated chart of which appears at this website.

Before dispersal of the attendees, on the 30th of March, a PRESS RELEASE was issued which appeared briefly in local Sindhi newspapers the clippings of which are also displayed elsewhere on this website. A group photograph of the official attendees of the Summit Conference is also displayed at this website.

It was decided that in due course and at the ripe time a separate High Level Committee would be formed to endeavor to implement the Script into the education system. My (backbone) colleague Col (Retd) Ram Gulrajani Chennai, a veteran solider having actively been involved in 3 wars; with chestful of medals and with fairly good knowledge of reading, writing and speaking English and Sindhi writes as under:

QUOTE:
"Looking back, I remember Arjan once telling me to go to Chandiramani’s site and read the Romanized Sindhi he has used to write some articles and messages. I was impressed and told Arjan that though there is room for improvement, the first effort is certainly laudable. Arjan thereafter doggedly pursued the matter and worked on it with a zeal unmatched at his age. He found many wayfarers from the net who put in their suggestions, but left when things became hot and serious. The scholars were apprehensive whether this approach of re-clothing Arbi Sindhi with Roman attire will really work. Many gave their opinions but most were meant to dissuade us than to encourage us. Arjan stood his ground and found two lieutenants in me and Devendra Kodwani to support him to the hilt. As it turned out, Ahmedabad conference on 29.30 Mar ’10 was an historical event when all important Sindhi scholars and academics of Sindhi community of India finally approved our efforts with negligible modifications."
— Col. (Retd) Ram Gulrajani Chennai.

UNQUOTE:
Another (backbone) colleague Dr. Devendra Kodwani, PhD, UK, wrote as under:

QUOTE:
"On this website, the new Romanized Sindhi script will be very easy to learn. To support the learning and use of the new script audio-visual lessons introducing the Sindhi sounds and corresponding Roman script are being launched which would be available free of charge for everyone to view. The website will also provide short articles, stories and poems written in the new script. The new script chart is also being uploaded here which will be available for download. The website will also start building up a depository of Sindhi words in Roman script with aim to associate each word the meaning in English and audio of the word. The website will have link where the users and well wishers would be able to provide feedback on any possible improvements on the script and/or the functions of this website."
– Devendra Kodwani UK (PhD).

UNQUOTE:
I am pleased to say that with the hard work, assistance and guidance of Dr Kodwani (and my other colleagues herein) much of Dr Kodwani’s promised work has been accomplished as can be seen at www.RomanizedSindhi.org where updates are still going on.

At this time, ladies and gentlemen, I make this special announcement. After having consulted with my Romanized Sindhi Sub-Committee and approved by ASAA officials, I dedicate my entire work on Romanized Sindhi and the web portal of www.RomanizedSindhi.org to the memory of my friend, late Mr. Kishore Lala, Vice President of ASAA. He was the one who found me in the first place in early 2006, introduced by a mutual friend Mr. Mohan Dadlani CA; and in consultation with ASAA Chairman Mr. Prem Lalvani, appointed me as voluntary Coordinator for 14th International Sindhi Sammelan Singapore July 2007 which, let me to achieve this project.
As I have received support and assistance on this project from very many well wishers, the list of the names are long and therefore, in honor of them we are creating special page of Acknowledgements and Thanksgiving, with their respective photographs, where available. Please view that page at this website.

Arjan Daswani Singapore.
ASAA Board Member – Coordinator: Romanized Sindhi
Phone & Fax: (65) 68540798
Email: kamalcorp@gmail.com
 
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS OF AHMADABAD SUMMIT CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON AND APPEARED IN AHMEDABAD SINDHI NEWSPAPERS OF 30TH MARCH 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 (ASAA – PROJECT COORDINATOR) AND MR LAKHMI KHILANI, DIRECTOR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SINDHOLOGY ADIPUR KUTCH. MR. GOV1ND L. CHANDIRAMANI (www.chandiramani.com MUMBAI) WAS ABSENT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH AND HIS PHOTOGRPH IS SHOWN ELSEWHERE IN THIS WEBSITE
 
 
DR. SATISH ROHRA, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SINDHOLOGY ADIPUR KUTCH   MR. GOV1ND L. CHANDIRAMANI (www.chandiramani.com MUMBAI)
11 Jan 1929 - 26 Dec 2011