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Things you did not know about Sindhis

There is little chance for the reader to know much about this Asian ethnic group, even though they are largely met on the streets of developed western countries like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. People associate them with color and culture, but in the same measure, with struggle and migration. We now try to get a greater insight in what life seems like in the eyes of Sindhis, a population that even in these seemingly static times, it is trying to find a place of its own in this world.

How it all started; how things are today

Imagine a world divided by customs and beliefs – this is what the borders of Pakistan looked like in 1947 when it gained its independence. Large ethnic groups had to migrate from north of India to south Pakistan and vice versa – while approximately 6 million Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India, a similar number of Muslims moved to Pakistan. It was expected that the Sindhi group would remain in the Sindh region in Pakistan, however as time passed by, and things did not get to seem any calmer, they decided to leave for India. Problems such as violence and, most of all, an increasing influx of Muslim refugees from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan to name a few, these things marked the resolution to leave homes and lands behind in search for better places and better futures – no wonder many women started to work as escorts Paris to provide for their families.

Alas, these things did not come easy – the refugee camps had to face deeper traumas like poverty, and loss of land and national identity. It was only in time – years and decades – that Sindhis learned to fight for a voice for themselves in the Indian territory. In 1967 a great step was made as the Government of India recognized the Sindhis language as a fifteenth official language in India. However, the struggle was far from being over – in 2004 the Supreme Court of India intended to remove the word ‘Sindh’ from the national anthem reasoning that it infringed on the sovereignty of Pakistan. Fortunately, the Sindhis’ voice from diaspora was heard and it impeded this thing to happen.

Today, neither wounds of the past are completely healed, nor the is struggle over, as millions of Sindhis try to raise up from poverty. Many of them cannot find work and money is scarce; in this state of things, a lot of Sindhi girls turned escorts in order to help their families cope with limited supplies and resources. Some of them even managed to either guarantee a sure income or leave these lands entirely and find a better life with their former customers.

Sindhi population is one of the earliest to be influenced by Islam before Hindu and Buddhist cultures left their mark on this people. It is in these times that such a rich population faces decline and instability due to wars and political conflicts. But anybody can help make things better by donations; culture must not be let fade away.