Hands Off the National Anthem!

 

imageHere is the letter I have emailed and Tweeted to our Prime Minister to stop the efforts to remove ‘Sindh’ from the National Anthem.

 

Honourable Prime Minister of India,
New Delhi-110011

Sub: Efforts to remove ‘Sindh’ from the National Anthem

Respected Narendra Modi Saheb,

Sir, once again some people have demanded that ‘Sindh’ be deleted from the National Anthem. Once again we, over 38 lakhs Indian Sindhis plead against it. We lost our motherland but retained our language and culture. Sindh in the National Anthem is our reward, our consolation.
In the wake of partition, during the largest mass migration in the human history, as a part of 14 million Hindu, Muslim and Sikh refugees, we came to India. Unlike the refugees from Punjab and Bengal, betrayed by Congress and even Mahatma Gandhi, we couldn’t retain any part of Sindh. The ratio between Sindhi Muslims and Sindhi Hindus was 78:22. Sindh was being governed by Muslim League. It was a state sponsored order to leave Sindh.
We came to India, surviving the massacre that killed upto 20,000,00 people.
The story of our growth is known to the world and to you.
Sindhis didn’t demand a state.
Sindhis didn’t ask for quotas, reservations and special categories. They grew and along with that grew the cities they occupied. Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkatta, Bangalore…
We built schools, colleges and hospitals.
We didn’t ask for anything. We were happy that even if we didn’t have a state, the name of our motherland was a part of National Anthem.
It is a matter of pride for us.
There have been efforts to remove the name from the National Anthem but even the government has supported us.
In fact, there was a PIL that demanded to delete the word ‘Sindh’ from ‘Jana Gana Mana’
As the state was no longer part of the country after the partition. The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre.
In response the Home Ministry replied the anthem was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 24 January, 1950. At that time, Sindh had become a part of Pakistan and therefore the assembly was conscious of this fact.
“The word Sindh refers not merely to the province of Sindh but also to the Sindhi culture which is an inalienable part of the rich and diverse culture of India.”
HC and SC have rejected such a plea in the past.
I, on behalf of 38 lakhs Sindhis, plead with you that let ‘Sindh’ remain as a part of National Anthem.

With respect and hope,
Mohan Deep

Journalist-Author

The Prime Minister of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011
Ph: 23012312

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