The 12th International Sindhi Sammelan,
held in Mumbai from December 28 to 30, 2005, would go down
in history for its important decision to unanimously declare
noted jurist Ram Jethmalani as the leader of the community,
according to Chairman of the Sammelan , Ram Jawhrani.
received standing ovation after his name was announced as
the head of the high power committee formed to redress the
grievances of Sindhi Community as well as to protect political
and social rights of the community brethren.
Accepting the decision of the Sammelan, Jethmalani said “
I am happy to note that you have placed trust in me and I
will ensure that Sindhis get justice at the forums.
The Chairman of the Sammelan, Ram Jawhrani said the high
power committee shall comprise coordinators from all over
the world and shall take up just causes of the Sindhi community
like Demolitions in Ulhasnagar, introducing Sindhi language
on currency notes and Jhankis’ on Republic Day.
The Sammelan was hosted by Sahyog Foundation, a socio- cultural
organisation. The inaugural function commenced with lighting
of traditional lamp by Actor- MP Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant
Sinha, former finance Minister, Ram Jethmalani, noted jurist,
filmmaker Govind Nihalani, Srichand Hinduja and Ram Buxani,
NRIs from UK and Dubai respectively.
In the welcome speech, Chairman of Sammelan
and Sahyog Foundation, Ram Jawhrani , said the basic objective
of the Sammelan was to unite Sindhis all over the world.
– turned MP Shatrughan Sinha said the contribution of
Sindhis to nation building was noteworthy. “Hind”
came from “ Sindh” , without “Sindh”
, there would not have been “Hind” , he said.
Ram Buxani, eminent NRI from Dubai, Sindhis have invested
heavily in their country with funds from abroad. In this way,
they have contributed to economic development of the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Film maker Gobind Nihalani said
“ this is satellite era wherein it was necessary to
preserve Sindhi culture and heritage.
S.P. Hinduja , Chairman of Hinduja group & London –
based NRI , said in an emotional address that the community
was not orphaned and asserted that Sindhis were united.
Vasudev Devnani, Education Minister of Rajasthan, said many
Sindhis were staying in as many as 97 camps all over the country
and education facilities were lacking in these areas.
called upon Sindhi philanthropists to extend educational facilities
to the needy.
Ishwar Rohani, speaker of M.P, said unity was the need of
the hour and called upon the community brethren to unite for
the sake of survival.
Nanik Rupani , Chairman of Priyadarshani Academy, said media
played an important role in shaping the community’s
destiny. He suggested that the community should have its own
newspaper and TV channel to raise its voice.
The Sammelan also featured cultural programmes on December
28th & 29th including folk dances and music. Artists from
all over the country participated in the event.
On the occasion, village “Sindhuri” was created
specially for the event organised at Bandra – Kurla
Complex. A special stage was erected at the Sammelan which
threw light on Indus Valley civilization from where Sindhi’s
originate. Other highlights were Sant Kanwarlal Chowk, Jhulelal
temple at the function.
Sindhi scholars presented papers at various workshops for
youth, women welfare and NRI issues.
Sindhi cuisine was served at lunch and dinner. Delegates
from all over the world including USA, UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia,
Indonesia , Dubai attended the 3 – day Sammelan.