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A million postcards addressed to the PM’s Office in New Delhi have been sent by Sindhi-speaking residents of India to demand a Sindhi language channel at Doordarshan TV

A million postcards to save a language

By Manoj R Nair, Hindustan Times

Since March 2012, thousands of postcards addressed to the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi have been sent from cities and small towns in the country that has Sindhi-speaking residents. These handwritten messages postcards, which have the names and telephone numbers of the senders, have one

demand: a Sindhi-language television channel from government-run broadcaster Doordarshan.

Tens of thousands of these cards have been posted from Mumbai too. One group – the Bandra-based Friends of International Sindhis – collected Rs. 60,000 at their Diwali function in 2012 and purchased 1,20,000 postcards priced at 50 paise each.

Sindhi is one of the languages listed in the 8th schedule of the constitution, but with no linguistic state of their own to keep it flourishing, the community worries that the tongue is hurtling towards extinction.

Asha Chand, secretary of Sindhi Sangat, a Mumbai-based group explains why they are worried about their mother tongue’s future. “How do you learn a language? It is by hearing someone speak it. Children learn a language by hearing their parents talking it. But, when a large number of Sindhis have stopped speaking the language, how will they pass it on to their children?” she asked.

After they migrated to India after partition, Sindhis set up newspapers and schools in their language. But, as newer generations shifted to schools in English and other languages, these newspapers and schools have declined or closed down. For instance, the K J Khilnani School in Mahim, which is situated next to large housing colony of Sindhi-speakers, once held classes in the language. The school has now switched to the English medium and few children from the housing colony study there.

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India : Asha Chand’s Letter to Doordarshan – Don’t erase Sindhi from consciousness

Asha Chand’s Letter to Doordarshan On — Mile Sur Mera Tumhara issue

Asha Chand

As most of you know, there was yet another attempt to belittle the Sindhi community recently. This time, by conveniently scraping the Sindhi line in the new revised and modern version of Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

Lot of efforts are being made to bring back the Sindhi line in the above, but the entire community needs to take this as a personal project. Send emails to the producer of the song, Kailash Surendranath, tkpc@vsnl.com

Respect yourself. Respect your identity. Promote Sindhi

For those keen on knowing the entire background… Read on

31 Jan -2010

Asha Chand’s Letter to Doordarshan On — Mile Sur Mera Tumhara issue

Sindhi community stands severely shocked and distressed to see the Doordarshan has removed the Sindhi line from the song “ Miley Sur Mera Tumhara, to sur bane Hamara” which was in the original version of the song. This song was played on many channels on 26th January 2010.

Sindhis form an integral part of India . Truthfully speaking Sindhi community probably made the largest sacrifice during the independence by giving full of their land, whereas communities like Bangalis, Punjabis gave part of the land & therefore Sindhis who have contributed richly to India , feel that their contribution has been discounted by this unfortunate event. Hence we write this and urge you to please take remedial steps immediately to re-instate the Sindhi line in the song & promote the original version of the song.

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