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'Great leaders' responsible for dwindling Pak Hindu population
Only because of the wrong decisions taken by our great leaders, Sindhu community is suffering in a place that they inhabited for thousands of years. It is high time that government of India comes to the rescue of this helpless community.

IN 1947, Hindu population in Pakistan was 16 %, but it has come down to 2% in 2010 and reportedly, it is only around 1% at present. There were around hundred Hindu temples and worship places in the country, but they have also come down to around twenty or so. Every time there is a forced religious conversion, we are hearing of a love story behind it. Those are not really love stories and then the usual court proceedings, but there's no follow up.

This community has been living, especially in Sindh for thousands of years. They pray for the country’s prosperity. Our great leaders of undivided India, including Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah, etc, who divided the country into two parts on the basis of religion. I do not know why half of the Sindh was not handed over to India when half Punjab and half Bengal were given to Pakistan? We can see the lights of Sindh from Kutch. We can touch the soil of Sindh from border line of Bikaner, a city in Rajasthan. The most affected Sindhu community was compelled to leave their own country to take  shelter in tents in their own country. My parents were well off in Sindh before 1947 and great men like Zulfikar Bhutto and others did not dare to sit near my father’s seat.

According to Amil Samachar, “In 1916, Gandhiji visited Sindh for the first time. He said that his political guru Gopalkrishna Gokhle had asked him on his return from South Africa that he should go round the country, see for himself the socio-political conditions for a year and then speak out his mind to the Indian masses and work for them. The people of Sindh stood behind Gandhiji in all his movements of 1921, 1930, 1932 and 1942. Much was written in Sindhi about him and his ideas. Jairamdas Doulatram, Tolaram Balani and Jethmal Parsram, to name only few among scores of Sindhi writers, were influenced by Gandhiji’s Satyagraha Movement in South Africa. They were among the first Indians who opposed the Rowlatt Act (1919).

The great martyr like Hemu Kalani sacrificed his life for the sake of country’s freedom. Hemu Kalani is the same martyr, who was youngest youth of 19 years to be hanged by Britishers. The mother of martyr Bhagat Singh had personally visited the mother of Hemu Kalani and paid homage to the great martyr. Virumal Begraj, Chetumal Harriram, Gordhanlal, Prof. Javaharmal Mansukhani and his brother, Gagumal were some other heroes of Sindhu community who actively associated with the famous incident of Komagata Maru (1914).

The plight of leaving homes and money in Sindh and start their new life with empty hands has still not been solved by government of India. Not a single seat in Parliament nor in legislative assemblies has been kept reserved for this community. Even lesser minority groups of Anglo Indians have the right to get seats in these assemblies. This dual character of Indian government is beyond understanding.

The remaining one percentage Sindhus in Pakistan are in very bad condition. Today Sindhu leaders of Pakistan like Laxmandas Parwani are requesting and seeking help from the Indian Government to solve the problem. Few days back 20 families of Mirpur Khas have left the country. It is pathetic that the Pakistan Police is also not in a mood to lodge a complaint. Paswani told in his interview to a news channel, “There is no other option for this community except to leave the country.”

Due to the entry of Afghanis in Pakistan, the situation of this community has worsened. The Indian government is also not liberal enough to issue the visas to this innocent community. At the time of visa interviews, hundreds of questions are being asked about their relationship and shelter places in India. They are suffering because of wrong decisions taken by great leaders of India. Today Pakistani citizen Geeta is happy to marry with Indian Yashpal. How many such other girls will get an opportunity to marry Indians and settle down here?

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