The Supreme Court issuing a notice to the Centre on Monday, 3rd Jan 05 on a Petition seeking deletion of the word ‘Sindh’ from the National Anthem, on the ground that it forms part of Pakistan, has evoked many questions in the minds of the large Sindhi community in Gujarat.
Exactly what is it that makes up Sindh, they ask. Is it merely a piece of land that they lost in the bloody Partition, or does it also include the Sindhi people and the culture they brought to India/
For many Sindhis, deleting the word ‘Sindh’ from the National Anthem is like adding insult to injury. “You may argue that the province does not belong here. But what about the Sindhis who live here? There are around 70 lakh of us in the country and our sentiments should be taken into account”, says Parmanand Khattar, former Minister and Sindhi leader.
According to Amar Doulatani, president of the all-India Sindhi chamber of commerce and industry, an apex body of several Sindhi organizations, this is for the first time that such an issue has been raised. “It is not a question of a province or a piece of land, but that of millions of Sindhis who feels for the country,” he said.
Community leaders in Vadodara handled the issues with remarkable poise. “This issue had cropped up even when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister and he had resolved the matter saying that the word Sindh also represented the Sindhi people and should not be deleted from the National Anthem,” he says. Harish Jethmalani, vice-president of the Akhil Bharatiya Sindhi Boli Aur Sahitya Sabha.
“Without any fresh cause, there is really no reason to raise the issue (in the Supreme Court) now and unnecessarily create hatred in the minds of the people of the two countries,” he added.
THE MISCHIEVOUS MOHAMMEDAN RAN OFF WITH TERRITORY, LEAVING THE STUNNED HINDUS IN CONFUSION, DISCUSSION AND DEBATE.