FORMER DEPUTY Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Lal Krishna Advani has said that Sindhi community has made a significant contribution towards nation despite being low in numbers, not because of anybody’s generosity but due to its hard work and capabilities.
Advani was addressing a Sindhi community convention organised by Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha at Sadhu Vaswani garden in Sindhi Colony in the City on Friday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha national president Jhamatmal Wadhwani, MP Sumitra Mahajan, State PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, MLAs Laxman Singh Gaud and Usha Thakur, Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma, IMC council chairman Shankar Lalwani and several prominent members of Sindhi community were present on the occasion.
The Sindhis, Advani said, went through the horror of partition but stood up to the challenge and made progress due to their hard work and capabilities. “In fact, I believe that if partition had not happened then Sindhi Hindus would not have progressed so much,” he said, adding that it was the challenge of getting uprooted from their home that brought their good qualities to the fore.
Giving an example of contribution by Sindhi community, Advani said, “In Sindh there were many cities in which there was no college, but now Sindhis have built colleges and hospitals in many cities of India.”
He said, “When people approach me saying there should be reservation for Sindhis, I tell them that quota system is for backwards and I don’t consider Sindhis as backward community.”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee came in for praise from Advani for making efforts to include Sindhi language in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The non-official Constitution amendment bill to include Sindhi language was first introduced by Vajpayee.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he had urged Home Minister Shivraj Patil to give powers to district collectors to decide upon resident status of Sindhi Hindus who have migrated from Pakistan. He also announced formation of a Sindhi Academy in the State, a long-pending demand of the community.
He also announced that Juni Indore flyover would be named after Amar Shahid Kanwar Ram. Chouhan said!Advani was a symbol of pride not only for Sindhi community but also the entire nation.
The Sindhi community, he said, had contributed a lot to the development of the State and the country. At the beginning, IMC council chairman Shankar Lalwani welcomed the guests and a number of prominent members of Sindhi community garlanded Advani and other guests.