Indian Parliamentarian takes oath in Sindhi

MP Mavindra Singh
MP Mavindra Singh

Not only do many in Western Rajasthan (Eastern Thar) speak Sindhi as a native language, others Rajasthanis also know and prefer Sindhi to Hindi/Urdu. Member of Parliament (Rajasthan, India) Manvendra preferred to take oath in Sindhi which is recognized as one of India’s constitutional languages. Not only do many in Western Rajasthan speak Sindhi, the language and culture of all of Thar is very much like Sindh’s. People sing songs of Shah Latif in this area.. Mumali Raarno is a folktale from this area that is remembered through Shah Latif’s poetry in Sindh and all over Thar. Plenty of other MPs had their families cheering too from the Distinguished Visitors’ gallery. There was the Pilot clan — Sachin Pilot’s mother Rama, wife Sara Abdullah, sister Sarika and brother-in-law; Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra had his wife, mother, and brother cheering. The former finance minister himself preferred a relatively obscure seat in the Rajya Sabha gallery from where he could watch his son who took oath in Sindhi (as Rajasthani is not a recognised language, Manvendra later said).

Courtesy: –  Indian Express, Friday, June 04, 2004.

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Unfortunately, Pakistan not only refuses to recognize Sindhi as a national language of Pakistan and has effectively blocked the implementation of Sindh’s decision to use Sindhi as its official language in Sindh.

The real question

by: Prof. Dr. Gul Agha

… and Americans continue to debate how to handle the challenge of a small percentage of the population who have come illegally, but in Sindh, the real question is whether the migrants will ever consider giving “amnesty” to those Sindhis who have decided to continue to live in Sindh. In Sindh, the migrants have already imposed their language and religion on Sindhis, it seems like they may consider giving amnesty only after Sindhis give up their language and culture entirely!…

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, June 24, 2010

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