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Sindhi Voices Project
Natasha Raheja is a MA student in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has started the Sindhi Voices Project.
She will be travelling across the United States, Pakistan, North and West India. She aims to document the life narratives (audio and video) of our Sindhi elders who lived through the 1947 Partition of British India and have memories of growing up in Sindh and life post-partition.
She is excited about this oral histories project and wants to develop an archive of oral history.
In addition, she is looking to volunteers to record memories of their loved ones and elders in the community and send in their interview to form the Sindhi voices archive.
Everyone has a story to be told and we want to hear it. All this is part of our culture and heritage our history. Also, if you have photos, family trees and diaries of family members.
A field kit is available from the Sindhi Voices for conducting interviews.
Sindhi Voices project can be contacted on
A beautiful and inspirational video message from Dada Vaswani given in the Sindhi language.
Hiring the Sindhi Centre
The Sindhi Centre will be available for hire soon. Watch this space.
Radio Sindhi being broadcast via the Internet from Mumbai, India.
This is first Sindhi Radio Station available Internationally. Radio
Sindhi is an initiative and platform to re-bind our dispersed Sindhi
Community which is scattered across the world. With this initiative
we would like to make our community aware about our Sindhi Music,
Movies, Drama, Culture and Language. Radio Sindhi is an effort to
erase the geographical distances that exists between our Creative
Artists and Audience.
There are a variety of ways to listen to Radio Sindhi such as a desktop PC or by installing the Radio Sindhi app on a smartphone or tablet.
To listen please visit http://radiosindhi.com
Sadhu Vaswani speak on the occassion of his 95th Birthday.
An interactive session with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani, hosted by Aamir Khan held on Sunday 28 July 2013 at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, Maharashtra, India, as part of Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani's 95th birthday celebrations.
Re-Opening of the Sindhi Centre
It is a pleasure to announce the opening of the Sindhi Centre on 3rd September 2017.
The journey has been long and the Sindhi Centre will be open for events and hire.
We hope organise events for the benefit of the community.
Old Sindhi Centre
The old Sindhi Centre had structural problems and needed to be rebuilt.
Ceremory to mark the re-building of the Sindhi Centre
On Sunday 6th October 2013 "Bhumi Puja" (Foundation Prayers) was held to bless the rebuilding of the Sindhi Centre. Ater the Puja (prayers), there was a short talk on the 'outlook of the new centre' following by the 'launch of the new brick building fund
Blessed bricks were placed in the foundations.
The project has the continued blessing of both Mr Gopichand and Mr Srichand Hinduja.
The new centre will be a state of the art building for the Sindhi and local community.
Construction of new Sindhi Centre
The new Sindhi Centre has gone from a single storey building to a two storey building.
Partition of India at 70
It is the 70th anniversay of the Partition of India. In August 1947, British India won its independence from British colonial Rule.
Whilst many celebrate the Independence of India, but it also marks a traumatic moment, which changed the course of history for Hindu Sindhis forever.
In 1947, Cyril Radcliffe a British judge, was ordered by the British Government to travel to India, a country he had never visited and with no knowledge of catography or politics to draw the international border which will divide the Indian nation. To make matters worse, he was only given six weeks to complete the task.
Gandhi wanted independence from British Rule, but did not want India to be divided. However, the Muslim polical leaders were demanding a homeland where they would rule. The politicians created divisions between peoples.
The Sindhi community was the worst hit by Partition of India. Unlike the provinces of Punjab and Bengal which were split into two. All of Sindh ended up in Pakistan.
Many Hindus Sindhis expected to remain in the newly created Pakistan. Hindus had lived under Muslim rule in the past. Before the British came to Sindh in 1843, Hindu Sindhis were not allowed to own land and had to pay taxes to the Muslim rulers to practice their own religion.
Our elders who lived in Sindh, often recall, Sindhi Muslims and Sindhi Hindus lived side by side in peace. Hindus and Muslims would put garlands on each other's temples and mosques as a mark of mutual respect.
When Partition occurred, there was not any violence in Sindh. When Muslims from other parts of India, would pour in daily into Sindh.
The new incoming Muslims, they did not have homes, so they started to loot the homes of Hindus. It became unsafe, Hindu Sindhis were forced to flee their homes, businesses and livelyhoods. The police were merely onlookers.
There are stories of Sindhi Hindu women were given cyanide pills and told if Muslims break in homes to take it. There are heroic stories, of Sindhi Muslims who tried to protect their Hindu neighbours from these mobs. There are stories of Sindhi Muslims who joined the incoming Muslims, to loot the homes of the Hindus.
Many Hindu Sindhis who fled to other parts of India, expected it would be a temporary measure, and they could return to Sindh when violence died down, but it was not possible.
There are Sindhi Muslims, who regret Sindhi Hindus leaving because it changed the character Sindh. The new incoming Muslims did not speak Sindhi nor did they wish to adapt to the local customs and culture. Sindhi language was relegated. Urdu became the national language.
Hindi Sindhis were involved in trade and business. Many would trade in locally produced goods made in Sindh and sell them overseas, benefitting the economy of Sindh
For Hindu Sindhis, who left Sindh, with nothing. The main focus was on survival and putting food on the table. Many had to start a new life from scratch.
Many Sindhis have survived the trauma of Partion. Hindu Sindhis who migrated to different parts of India, had to start life with nothing. There are many rags to riches stories. Hindi Sindhis are enterprising, and worked hard to re-build lives.
People fail to appreciate, India is not just one country. India is as just as big as Europe. India is a diverse collection of regions and provinces. There many different languages been spoken.
The Hindu Sindhis are a scattered people.
Hindu Sindhis, who live in th UK today came via different routes. Many Hindu Sindhis had been settled in Kenya, had set up businesses and trade there. Some left and came to the UK. Others Sindhis came from different countries.
Sindhi still feel the shockwave of Parition Today. The greatest struggle is trying to keep Sindhi culture and Sindhi language alive. A language can only survive if the Sindhi language is taught in schools, this is not so easy, without a nation. If the Sindhi is heard on TV or radio and schools.
Reflecting on Partition. A piece of history is lost, many of the children growing up today, just don't know Hindus and Muslims used to live side by side in peace.
There are a number of books which recount the stories and tramau of Partition.
Sindhi Association of UK Diwali Ball
The date of the annual SAUK Diwali Ball 2017 will be announced soon.
A wonderful Sindhi magazine is available in print or available to read online on magzter.com