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.

Jethmalani 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.

Actor – 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.

He 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.

Eminent 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.


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