Asia Online Journal ( iaoj )
14 03 2008
Speech by: Aziz Narejo, Mumbai, India
The president, distinguished guests, scholars andLadies and Gentlemen:Peace be unto you:It is good to be here in the great city of Mumbai , which is very familiar to thepeople in South Asia and is a major world metropolis.
Let me start with a poem that is actually a prayer by the Poet Laureate of Sindh, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai:“saaneen-m sadaaeen kareen mathey Sindh sukarDost mitha dildar aalam sabh aabad kareen”‘Oh my Lord, shower thy blessings over SindhOh my Friend, bestow abundance all over the world’.I bring greetings to you from the North American Sindhi community,especially the members of our organization, Sindhi Association of NorthAmerica (SANA). I wish the organizers of this seminar a great success in theirendeavor. I would like to see many more avenues like this to open in futurefor the betterment of our people and the preservation and promotion of ourlanguage and culture.I am personally grateful to Dr Baldev Matlani, head of the Department of Sindhi, University of Mumbai to have invited me to be here and speak to youon this very important subject: “Bombay Presidency, Sindh & Sindhis –political implications” . Sindh’s merger with Bombay Presidency and an epicstruggle by Sindhis to gain eventual separation or “freedom”, “aazaadi”, as itwas called at that time, were truly the most significant chapters in thehistory of the Indian sub-continent. They had very important and momentousimpact on the future of British India .Before I say anything on the subject, I would like to make a few submissions:First I would request you not to consider this as a research paper. As I live inUSA , far away from my land, and didn’t have the research material availableto me, I couldn’t possibly write a fully researched paper. Hence, this shouldbe treated as my observations on the subject:We have to ask one question here: Why do we go back to history? It couldsometimes be a very difficult task that might re-open the wounds that need