Many of you might be reading this tomorrow on 15th August, our Independence Day.
Over the past six decades, there is little mention of the partition and about people who had to leave their homes, lands and wealth, because their way of life was threatened. Their freedom to practice what they believed in was threatened. I would want to dedicate my post to those people who chose India, when given a choice. They were not born into this great nation, but chose it. It was one of the best decisions they could make.
My grandparents, as Sindhis, were one of those who were threatened to stop practising Hinduism. The word Hindu is in fact actually derived from the Sanskrit word Sindhu. The origins of which date back to the Indus River. The ancient Harapan and Indus Valley civilization is one of the oldest and most advanced civilizations of its time. Probably modern day cities where flooding happens these days can learn a thing or two about drainage and water management.
Imagine telling someone who has such a rich heritage and lineage to suddenly stop following what they believe in. They left acres of lands, horses, cows and buildings for what they believed in and came to India as refuges with nothing. Tolerating injustice is also a sin. When faced with injustice, have the courage to not accept it. Don’t tolerate it and things will be better in the long term.
Even though Sindhis don’t have a state, we consider today the entire world to be our homeland. I think a large part of my Happionaire optimism, comes into because of my Sindhi genes. Today I, nor do fellow Sindhis, would even want to go back to Pakistan. We are proud to be Indians and a part of this diverse country. Of course over the years our language has suffered a bit, as most of us weren’t speaking it maybe because our parents and grandparents were working hard to establish ourselves economically. But gradually I am seeing a revival. Language is an important part of our identity. We need to focus on reviving our culture so it can be passed on to the next generations.
Today after over sixty years we can see what a free, democratic, secular and just society can do to empower its citizens. India embraced equality, love, peace, knowledge and respect while Pakistan opted for hate, fundamentalism, terrorism and fanaticism. It didn’t respect people who had created immense wealth for cities like Karachi and forced them to leave. Today we can all see who the loser is. Pakistan has turned into a failed terrorist state. I pray for them and hope they are blessed with some wisdom to think away from their mentality of hate and destruction.
Today I am happy our ancestors chose India. A lot of the things I do are simply because India gives me the opportunities to do so. It is a land of possibilities and opportunities.
We pray to Jhulelal to make sure his blessings remain on each and every Indian to proposer, smile and do what is right! Let us pray to God to make sure that our ancient civilization continues to proposer and spread happiness to every person on the world. India is great because it respects diversity and different points of views.
Eventually it should be our goal to spread what we as Indians believe in to the rest of the world. We need to spread our message of love, spirituality and equality with every citizen on the planet.
God bless and wishing every fellow Indian a Happy Independence Day in advance!