EDITOR TO EDITOR
by - Ranjit Butani
22 March 2004
The Times of India,
Bennett Coleman & Co., Ltd.,
The Times of India Building,
Dr. D. N. Road,
Ever since I entered Secondary School in 1960, my day invariably begins by spending atleast 30 minutes going through ‘The Times of India’. A rewarding habit that has stayed with me till date.
For the first time in my life I felt a little sad and let down by the daily which has always been a source of inspiration and an inseparable part of my life. This was on Sunday 21st instant.
While appreciating your greeting the Maharashtrian readers on ‘Gudi Padwa’ and your readers in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on ‘Ugadi’ and in Kashmir on ‘Navreh’ you did not miss out on the miniscule Parsi community on ‘Navroze’. Then how is it that you missed out the enterprising Sindhi community that celebrates ‘Chetichand’, its new year, on the same day?
This is not a complaint or written with any rancor or anger but a spontaneous lament on behalf of a community that has not received its due inspite of being the driving force behind several educational, medical and philanthropic institutions in this country.
As is the case with most communities, the youth today in their anxiety to become a part of the ‘Global Village’ tend to ignore their own identity – culture, heritage and language. And, in our case, on account of the absence of a state of our own, the problem is even more acute. Not only is there a lack of awareness but also the lack of desire to become aware and an aversion to being identified as Sindhis.
It was for this very reason that I began publishing the quarterly magazine “Sindhishaan” (latest copy enclosed), since 2001, in English and targeted the second post-partition generation to generate interest in their roots and take pride in their heritage.
So my humble request – next year do not forget the Sindhis. When the youth of the community realize that “The Times of India” recognizes them and remembers them – they will start feeling proud to be Sindhis and not be ashamed in revealing that they are Sindhis – whose parents were refugees but are now the citizens of the great nation — India