Saturday, August 14, 2010

Independence and Sindhis

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!

Yogesh Chabria

40 comments:

Amar said...

Hi Yogesh,

Happy Independence Day to you and all the happionaiers.

really like article. after 1947 people looked big picture already enjoyed there life in india and now we are happy part of this beautiful & wonderful country.

Proud to be indian.

Thanks & Regards
Amar

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully said Yogesh ji.Indeed it echoes the sentiments of all those Sindhis who suffered the partition in 1947.

Truely said by you,let all of us Sindhis wish a happy,healthy,prosperous,peaceful and truely Free INDIA for the Indians and the World. Freedom of Expression,Freedom of Thought,and,Responsibility for the nation and the mankind lies on all of us together.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY.Harish Rijhwani,Varanasi,India

santosh reddy vancha said...

your article is pro-sect which is not inveitable for a business propogator like you who we always admired you. you need to preach without bais with religion, caste, whatever else is.

sindhis adopt a mechanism who deals among themselves, leaving people outside the sect to make profit among your own sect, no offensive!. (anyway i aprreciate the unity amount sindhi sect themselves, which i want it to be imbibied among all the indians.

A. SINGH said...

HI YOGESH

AS USUAL THIS WRITE UP HAS MADE ME, AGAIN, VERY PROUD OF YOU.

AS YOU FEEL PROUD SO DO EVERY BODY, WE SIKHS TOO. IN 1945, JINNAH ASKED SIKH LEADERS TO JOIN WITH PAKISTAN IN ORDER TO GAIN FULL CONTROL OF PUNJAB. JUST IMAGINE IF THE SIKH LEADERS , AT THAT TIME, OPTED FOR PAKISTAN. TO DAY THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO NON EXISTENT. YES, I DO AGREE WITH YOU, PAKISTAN WITH IT'S MONSTER POLICIES HAS BECOME A FAILED STATE.
NOW THEY WANT TO CONVERT THE ENTIRE NEIGHBOURHOOD INTO THE SAME CHAOS THEY ARE IN. WE ARE SOFT PEOPLE, THANKS TO OUR EARLIER GREAT LEADERS I REPEAT EARLIER ( NOT THE PRESENT FILTHY ONES ) LIKE GANDHI, NEHRU, MOULANA AZAD, SHASTRI, RAJENDRA PRASAD ETC. BEFORE WE PRAISE INDIA TOO MUCH, INDIAN LEADERS ALSO TO BE BLAMED FOR MANY FAILURES IN INDIA. WE RANK IN THE TOP LEVEL OF CORRUPT NATIONS. DISEASES , FILTH, OPEN DRAINS, DIRT, NO SANITATION ARE PART OF OUR DAILY LIFE. WHATEVER PROGRESS WE SEE TO DAY I.E DUE TO PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. I WILL NOT GIVE INDIAN GOVT. MORE THAN 3 MARKS OUT OF 10.

ANYWAY, WE ARE AT BOTTOM. WE HAVE TO RISE AND FIRST LEARN HOW TO STAND ON OUR OWN FEET BEFORE DREAMING OF BECOMING A SUPERPOWER ( a cruel joke for india).

BEST REGARDS

A. SINGH

Anil Ailani. said...

Dear Yogesh,

A very good message indeed.

I really agree that we all sindhis should really make efforts to revive our sindhi language, which in the proces of vanishing with more number of sindhi people in Metro cities speak in English with thier children.

I proud to be Sindhi!!!

I proud to be Indian!!!

JAI HO!!!

Best regards,
Anil Ailani.

Sachin said...

Mr. Anil Ailani,

Before writing - I proud to be Sindhi!!!
You should have written -
I proud to be Indian !!!

That's what Yogesh has to communicate thru this article.
This article is not only about sindhi's but equality within diverse India.

Sachin

Magesh said...

Very nice to note your hearty message.
May the blessings be with all us (incl the other side where they not yet chosen a right path)and make life a better one from this day.
Thank you
with best regards
Magesh

Venkataramu. said...

Dear Sir,
It is very interesting to read. it is true that the
Sindhis as whole

Suffered a lot, we Salute the way that the whole community developed

and assimilated with the main stream of the country. It is
a great achivement

indeed.God bless you all.

Thanks & Regards
Venkataramu.

Prem Mulani said...

A wonderful post. Happy Independence Day

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Yogesh, it is fine you have told the stories of sindhis while migrating to India, but you should also not forget the punjabi community and specialy sikhs who got maximum losses of their properties and lives at Pakistan while migrating.

Not only Punjabis or Sindhis, but all those who opted to leave Pakistan for their relegion and country are great.

Happy Independence Day to all

Regards.

Premjit

JYOTIRADITYA said...

dear yogesh ji ,

Regarding the history and India or we should say Bharat , was a vast country . And unfortunately first Kandhar and Later shindh had to take onslaught from barbarians. This was not just from 1000 year old history , its from vedic time remember DEVA SUR Sangram . Anyway sindh was always a part of great Bharata as well as Kandhar . Although there were smaller state having their autonomy but as a cultural and spiritual unifying force it was one . Thats the reason why at the time of mahabharat all the kings came to fight someone else war ? or at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharat ahwamegha yagna whole country accepted one ruler as king of king .

Anyway you were always an Bharatwasi and would remain a Bharatwasi - as Bharat as a nation people from outside Bharat would not understand because it was more a spiritual nation rather than political nation . But whenever there was ASUR COMING TO BHARAT all the kings came together to fight them , when we forget to did this in history we become slave .

I salute sidhi King RAJA DAHIR and her brave daughters.

Yogesh ji when we are looking at the history we cant be selective and not choose to go to the roots.

Its something like today pakistan claiming Mohanjodaro as Islamic cicilisation , nothing to do with Indian , in fact destroyed by Indian ARYAN sound silly ?

Same way if we today claim sindhi , gujrati , marathi , punjabi list would be very long and this country would again become slave . In ancient time there was lot of migration due to river shifting drying of saraswati so people living there move to south india , north west -sindh and punjab , east ganges valley .

If we have to analyse our root in history we have to do properly we cant be selective if we are selective we would distort history .

we never learnt the lesson from History , thats why we were slave .

Why when Raja Dahir was fighting he fought alone none of the great Rajput , Parmar came along . Why when prthviraj was fighting with gori he fought alone ditched by his father in law himself .

Reason is IF BHARAT has to prosper and become great vibrant nation we have to read correct history and learn our lesson from it .

I salute SINDHI PEOPLE FOR THEIR preservance and fighting spirit . But you have to become torch bearer for BHARTIYA CIVILISATION AND TEACH IGNORANT BHARTIYA LEARN LESSON FROM US HOW FACE ADVERSITY , HOW TO BE UNITED , AND DANGERS OF GETTING DIVIDED . And at the last but not least I respect your community as Bhartiya one of us who inspite of lot of adversity become once again a prominent force on financial world.

prabhat mishra , Dubai

Sunil said...

Hello All,

I would like to wish all the fellow Indians A Happy Independence Day.

Jai Hind!

Jai Maharashtra!

KANAK said...

DEAR YOGESH JI, ITS A NEW AND A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE EVERY TIME I READ YOUR BLOG. YOUR WISDOM WORDS TO REALLY MATTERS A LOT TO ME. KEEP DOING THE GOOD WORK OF FINANCIAL LITERACY TO INDIANS.
PLS LET ME KNOW YOUR WEBSITE ADDRESS.
RGS KANAK JAIN
KOLKATA

kcs nair said...

Dear Shri Chabria,
I am really happy that you have brought a trace of your submerged pain in your heart.
The tragedy of religious persecution which India had to face from times imemorial,still linger in the hearts of some of your fellow countrymen. Some of us carry the message for conveying it to our future generation. Hats of to your community, for having taken this pain in your strides and did extremely well to overcome atleast the financial stigma it gave , consequential to the dreaded partition. We can not change the history . Atleast we can try to avoid its repetition, so that the motherland remains powerful& properous. Let us strive hard for it.
With best wishes on the eve of indipendence day.
kcs nair

Lieutenant Colonel Savyasachi Marwaha said...

You are right. My grand parents chose India over Pakistan (Lahore) and I am glad that they did this!!

Vande Mataram
Lieutenant Colonel Savyasachi Marwaha

rizwan said...

I'm a Pakistani, but more than tha a human being. I fully agree with what Yogesh has said here. While our nation has corrupted leaders and dictators who don't care about people, your country has given you the freedom to grow. I'm sure politicians in India are corrupt also, but at least they understand the larger picture. They have given power to people to grow.
We here have bloody Zaradari sucking money away.It is high time Pakistan learns from India that instead of supporting fundamentalism, we need to look and learn from your country. Today while India has moved leaps ahead we are still stuck in poverty.

Anonymous said...

Dear Yogesh,

Although I don't live in India anymore, As a proud sindhi, I can say, sindhi's are not good leaders, sindhi's are not united, sindhi's are opportunists. Yes sindhi's are good businessman.

Whenever I have been among sindhi meetings or gatherings, I have never seen all sindhi's agree with each other. There are always differences of opinions, too much discussion and no implementation.

Through your blog I want to convey my message to sindhi's, please be united, listen and follow your leaders. Nothing positive is going to happen to Sindhi community if we are not united and not supporting each other.

For example Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology, chembur, do not have any special quotas for sindhi's. They do not support their sindhi staff, infect they hardly have any sindhi staff in management. Trustees also do not offer any opportunities for sindhi's infect they are very ignorant about sindhis in general.

How minority community can survive in the state where we have leaders who only want to support local cast people and are dividing society with religions and cast?

Also, we ask each other to learn and speak in sindhi, however, i think it is more important to learn local culture of the land where we live because we don't have any state and we will be discarded if we don't follow culture of local land.

enough said, your posts and books are amazing. I wish you and your family the best.

Jai Maharashtra,
Jai Hind.

Jay Ramchandani

Anonymous said...

Guys, it is high time.. leave/set aside the community based or caste based thinking...... Unity should be based on community/ state/ caste etc..... happy living

Jayant said...

Slavery has taken a new form. Please check the following link to know where the foreign investors are putting money in India. This is just a big rip-off to plunder the common man's savings and made him slave to the blanks. Shame on the RBI and government officials who knowingly give pass to these crooks.

Look who's driving the realty boom

AUGUST 24, 2010

If you thought that all the big bucks entering India were through the stock market route or in setting up businesses in high growth sectors like IT or telecom, you were wrong. A large portion of FDI (foreign direct investment) is now being invested into India's housing sector.

The FDI in India's real estate and housing market jumped almost 80 times or 8000% between 2005 and 2010. In FY05, the FDI in this sector was a mere Rs 1.7 bn. This has however increased exponentially to Rs 136 bn in FY10.

In the past 10 years, cumulative FDI inflows into this sector totaled Rs 381 bn or US $8.5 bn. This makes it fourth on the list of FDI inflows in the past decade. What is surprising is that this sector did not even feature in the top ten list in the 15 year period post liberalisation from 1991-2006.


But, due to the huge boom in the property market across the country, FDIs are not confined to metros and big cities. Since 2005, real estate projects have been approved by RBI offices in Bhopal, Kanpur, Kochi, Jaipur and Panaji, amongst others.

Offshore banking zone, Mauritius has contributed the maximum to FDI fund inflow to India, totaling 42% of total funds in the past decade.

Anonymous said...

Hi Yogesh,

I am indian too and proud of its rich heritage. I am not going to comment on the sindhi aspect of your message. We are glad you are here.

But, you seem to have a positive bias in looking at things.

Open your eyes and see if the development that you around in India is planned in any sense.

Is our quality of living any better than 10 years back?

All that we are doing is an unplanned attempt to catch up with the rest of the developed world.

Is value of human life in India any better than a decade back? The value of human life in India is directly proportional to one's wealth.

It would be of great help if you could present a bit of reality rather than false pride in one's country.

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to get your latest views on gold, markets and real estate and if possible on the educational reports? Is it still a good time to buy gold ?

I wish to learn the factors that we should keep our eyes on, based on which we should change our opinion from buy to hold to sell. be it on gold, stocks or real estate.

Your comments would be very helpful.

Many Thanks,
Satish

Samant said...

Yogesh bhai .. your silence is killing ;)

Anonymous said...

The market seems to be holding up and even rising contrary to your forecast.

kuldeep said...

Gold is rising,share marketing is rising,normally they are opposite of each other

Anonymous said...

Yogesh ji, Do you know of any interesting company in mobile advertising or mobile payments space? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ek article de de baba.

kuldeep5565 said...

Yogesh Bhai, its seems that market has confused u also.
Things are not going as u described

Satish Patel said...

Thanks to you Yogesh, now we happionaires can laugh over such incidents. As we never believed them.

Mr Soros told investors bluntly Gold was “certainly not safe” in troubled times at the World Economic Forum (WEF). But while Mr Soros himself warned gold was in a bubble, his hedge fund, Soros Fund Management was one of the biggest gold bulls of the year, doubling its holding of shares in the SPDR Gold Trust at about the same time he was issuing his warning at the WEF in Davos.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/commodities/Gold-is-the-ultimate-bubble-says-Soros/articleshow/6654766.cms

-- Satish

kuldeep5565 said...

FII bringing money@47 and presently $ is 44.50 if they take out money out of share market they gain 6.5% in exchange plus share profit.Two years back they played same game.

I think by Diwali they will do it again

Anonymous said...

Hi Yogesh,

Is the article in the link below which is dated 24-Sep-2010 an old article of yours? Else we would love to see it first here on your blog.

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/mf-experts/get-rich-do-nothing-_486733.html

DPM said...

Recently Gold is not moving in terms of INR as rupee continues to go up. People invested in dollar must be earning hugely.

Yogesh bhai any idea about gain in terms of INR.

kuldeep5565 said...

Yogesh Bhai
Maun Vrat kab khatam karoge.
It has been LOOOOOOOOng time.
Keep communicating.

DPM said...

Yogesh Bhai,
Please let us know when to exit from Gold and Silver.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

5 times a day X 60 days = 300

300 is the number of times disappointed for not finding a new post.

Its been a long time Yogesh.

javarevisited said...

Hi Yogesh,

Why are you not writing post now man, what do you say when sensex cross 20K should I sell or hold ?
Also given growth of India if this is not maximum limit of sensex then
its worthy to hold or I may lose my gain if I try to sell my share after 1 or 2 years.

Anonymous said...

yagesh why you are silent.......

i remember u suggested to hold gold and wait for mother of bull run in gold. still not finished gold will jump to killing levels in next 2-3 years. now i stop watching SENSEX as picking stocks with under value and not yet perform in rally but business are extremely sound and genrating gudf profits from past 2-3 years.....

want to be happionaire

Amar

Shiva said...

Hi Yogesh,

One of your biggest fans here. Completely agree with your views and share the same concerns about about ecomony and financials in general. Howver having said this, this is difficult time for us as markets are behaving contradictory to our beliefs. I such taxing times we look forward to more encouraging articles from you to re-inforce our confidence about the basics. Please do blog more often. Alwys looking forward to your articles and support from you for re-inforcing self-beliefe.

CCGemini said...

Why do you have this habit of lazing for days together?There is so much to talk about>>>Please wake up..

DPM said...

I think the next KEY post will be about selling Gold from Yogesh. I think yogesh is not going to switch his position till he sells Gold.

Anonymous said...

this is the way a blog should be! thanks!