SINDHI BOLI

Mother tongues and dialects

BY ZULFIQAR HALEPOTO – DAWN

“THE road to hell is paved with good intentions.” This proverb fits in the national language bill 2010, presented by 22 MNAs in the house, demanding to amend article 251 of the Constitution and declare Balochi, Punjabi, Pushto, Shina/Balti, Sindhi, Siraiki and Urdu as national languages.

The bill is referred to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which has already rejected another bill, presented by MNA Marvi Memon, to declare eight provincial and regional languages as national languages.

The committee under the chairpersonship of Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry voted against the bill by saying that these were mere dialects and not languages.

The recent effort by some legislators is `full of contradictions … that could cause fissures too difficult to heal`, as quoted by Dawn editorial `Speaking in tongues` (Jan 27).

The members have failed to understand political dynamics and the historical perspective of the language crisis in Pakistan.

They have unnecessarily included the issue of Persian and Arabic languages in the bill, as the ill-drafted bill can weaken the historical case of the national languages of the four constituent units.

There may be many languages spoken in a province and there may be many dialects of the same language. But the language of that province or area will be the one spoken by the majority.

In Punjab many dialects are spoken like Majhi dialect is spoken in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, etc., in upper Punjab.

Rachnavi is spoken in Khanewal, Faislabad, Chinniot, Okara, Sargodha, etc. Doabi is spoken by the people inhabited between Bias and Sutlej basin (Rachna Doaab). Malavi is spoken by those who migrated from Anbala, Ludhiana, Hisar, and Haryana. Hindko/Pothohari is spoken in different areas of Punjab and Pukhtunkhwa, including Attock, Chakwal, Murree, Rawalpindi, Naushera, etc., but the language of Punjab is, and will always be, called Punjabi, which encompasses all dialects.

The same is the case with Sindh where Brohivi, Seraiki, Dhatiki, Gujarati, Marwaree, Urdu, Balochi and many dialects of the Sindhi language itself are spoken.

But the majority language shall remain Sindhi. The same is the case of Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan where people speak various mother tongues and local dialects.

All these languages should be given a proper status but all the mother tongues cannot be declared national languages.

Historically speaking, Pakistan came into being when the people of five motherlands having geographic boundaries, centuries-old culture and language resolved to join hands to form a new state.

What should have happened was that the national languages of all the five constituent units should have been recognised and declared as a medium and means of expression and instruction of the new country.

This would have enormously increased the chance of social cohesiveness and cultural integration.

The issue of recognition of national languages should not be mixed with various mother tongues and dialects.

Pakistan should have four national languages: Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi and Sindhi, with English as the official language of the state and Urdu as a medium of lingua franca.

Courtesy: http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/05/mother-tongues-and-dialects.html

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More info about Mother tongue – BBC urdu

2 thoughts on “SINDHI BOLI”

  1. Govind Chandiramani says:

    Dear Sherman,

    Wonderful news. In http://www.chandiramani.com 18b ,there is a file:How to read and write sindhi in phonetic roman script.Under Allianz,this was approved by a group of prominent sindhi scholars on 29.3.2O1O at Ahmedabad.There are 2o other files on history of sindh,places to see in Sindh.Sindhyat,Moen Jo daro plus Sufiism.plus jokes in roman sindhi.Also 7 short stories in phonetic roman script in sindhi plus folk Tales in phonetic sindhi.We have been working hard for the last 4 years to achieve this.

    We will be grateful,if the people concerned with Voice of American go through this website and make use of it.We have used colloquial sindhi without any urdu or Hindhi words.
    Please note that there are millions of sindhis in India still speaking and understanding the language.
    Plus above all,there is sindhi music by our legendry music director Bulo.C.Rani ,who gave music to 85 pictures.
    Please do find time to go through it.
    We would be happy if you make use of it in your Voice of America.
    With regards,
    Chandiramani

    In continuation :

    The most important event that has taken place for Sindhi Language has been the development of phonetic roman script This was approved by a group of 11 scholars at Ahmedabad.on 29.3.2O1O.There are 4,OOO,OOO sindhis outside India and sindh.Who is going to teach them arabic or devnagiri script.Do we just let them drift away from the mail stream. In .India,Konkani is written in four scripts and they all cooxist .Why not make use of this reality?
    Visit http:// http://www.chandiramani.com for :How to read and write Sindhi in roman script.There are jokes in sindhi in phonetic roman scrip Also 7 short stories ad folk Tales for children ..Do read them.We would be happy if you consider this aspect. and development. Please do not forget that Halim Brohi was completely in favour of roman script.Chandiramani

    Romanized Sindhi is a project of Alliance of Sindhi Associations of America. Please click http://www.romanizedsindhi.org There is a complete file of romanised sindhi on the website.
    This script was confirmed by a group of 11 scholars at Ahmedabad on 29.3.2O1O.
    On http://www.chandiramani.com we have also besides the file, 51 jokes,7 short stories 5 Tales of Hitopadesha for children and Pahakas (Sindhi sayings)
    : all in romanized sindhi .
    There are countless other files on Sindhyat,History of Sind and places to visit,Moen Jo Daro,Sufiism in Sind etc.etc. in English,to educate our Sindhis on our glorious cultural past of 5OOO years
    We have made good progress on introducing romanized Sindhi in two colleges in Mumbai.One of our magazines,Amil Samachar with a circulation of 2OOO members regularly sends Jokes in romanized Sindhi to all by post.
    The work is on to introduce this romanized sindhi to all the Sindhis of the world.
    Sadhu Vaswani mission in on the verge of accepting our roman script.
    To clarify,we stand for the coexistance of all the three scripts See http://www.chandiramani.com section 18b for jokes in English,Arabic and devnagiri scripts
    Alll these three scripts must coexist and support each other like Konkani in 4 scripts in India .Roman script has been developed by us for the 4,OOO,OOO Sindhis outside Sind and India and for others who have no facilities for learning arabic oor devnagiri script.
    Please also note that there are lakhs of people speaking Sindhi in pockets like Kalyan and Ajmer etc.Arabic and Devnagiri scripts are slowly on the way out all over India.

    Please do reply to us.

    with regards
    Chandiramani

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